Myths and Facts About Acupuncture

The human body is an incredibly complex engineering marvel, wherein everything is connected in one way or another. So when it comes to healing the body, the best solution is to use a combination of techniques that tackle the problem from every angle, including long-standing Eastern practices such as acupuncture.

As integrative specialists, Dr. Jessica Cho and our team here at Wellness at Century City believe that great health comes from everything functioning as it should — as a whole. The human body has an amazing capacity to heal itself, and our goal is to free up these powerful resources so that our Los Angeles area patients benefit from sustainable results that allow them to lead happy, healthy lives. As part of our suite of services, we offer acupuncture, which has helped many of our patients overcome a wide range of issues, from chronic pain to anxiety.

To help you better understand this Eastern technique, we’ve pulled together a few myths and facts about acupuncture.

No pain, no gain?

Mention the word needles and people can become, understandably, apprehensive. We can assure you that the acupuncture needles we use are extremely small (and sterile) and most of our patients don’t feel a thing when we insert them. At most, some patients report a pinching sensation, but these needles are a far cry from the ones used for drawing blood or vaccinations.

A passing fad

Acupuncture is not a new-age fad. In fact, the practice has been around for thousands of years, having first been used by the Chinese who understood how the flow of energy in the human body can affect overall health and wellness.

Does the human body really have flow?

Think for a moment about how interconnected the human body is and how it relies on the smooth functioning of all its systems. For example, all of the blood in your body is circulated every minute. Now imagine that there’s a roadblock in this system, which can affect your entire blood-vessel network, robbing your body of essential oxygen and nutrients. 

Powering all of these systems is your qi, which is your basic life force energy. This energy ensures that resources are delivered throughout your body for optimal health. And when there’s a blockage, the entire system can be thrown off balance.

With acupuncture, we go to the major pathways of qi, which are called meridians, and eliminate any blockages that may be hampering your flow of energy.

The perfect blend

With acupuncture, it’s not a “one or the other” treatment scenario. We use acupuncture in combination with Western practices to achieve the best results. What this means is that you can continue with your other therapies (medications, etc.) as acupuncture has no contraindications, allowing you to benefit from a holistic and integrated treatment plan.

Beyond symptom management

One of the greatest advantages of acupuncture is that we move away from simply treating your health on a symptom-by-symptom basis and get to the heart of your overall function. By taking such a holistic approach to your health, we work to eliminate the cause of your pain and discomfort, not mask it.

That said, acupuncture works very quickly on specific problems, as well. For example, if you suffer from tension headaches, we know the exact pressure points to target, which provide you with almost immediate results.

If you’d  like to learn more about acupuncture, please don’t hesitate to give our office a call at (213) 374-1845 or use the convenient online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

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