Myths and Facts About Acupuncture Treatment

For those who have never given consideration to acupuncture treatment in Everett, we want to break down some common myths that may be preventing you from exploring this widely practiced medical art.

1) Acupuncture Treatment Is Painful.

Myth. While acupuncture treatment does require the use of needles, it is not painful, and many patients actually report that is relaxing. If your acupuncture session is painful, it is likely not being performed correctly. You may feel a faint stinging sensation when the needle is inserted into the skin, but once it is in place, you should not feel the needle.

2) Acupuncture Treatment Requires No Down Time.

Fact. Acupuncture has little to no side effects. You can return to your normal activities immediately following treatment with no interruption.

3) Acupuncture sessions take too much time.

Myth.
 The length of time needed for acupuncture sessions vary depending on what condition you are being treated for. Sessions may last 30 minutes to 2 hours, on average. You may feel relief after as little as one session, and some patients continue treatments periodically at scheduled intervals, depending on their need.

4) You have to pay out of pocket for acupuncture because it is a specialty practice.

Myth. Many insurance providers cover acupuncture services. Verify your coverage with your provider prior to receiving services. If acupuncture is covered with certain restrictions under your policy, speak with your acupuncturist for advice on how you might be able to be covered for additional treatments.

5) Acupuncture cannot help treat chronic pain.

Myth
. Acupuncture is widely recognized in the medical community as an effective method for treating chronic pain, ranging from neck and back pains to headaches and more.

6) Medical acupuncture is a drug-free approach to pain management

Fact. Medical acupuncture can be an effective alternative to many prescription drugs for alleviating and eliminating pain. Many patients opt for acupuncture instead of using harsh drugs such as morphine and percocet for chronic pains.

If you are suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, or depression, or even nausea, acupuncture may be a cost-effective, safe, and painless alternative medicine. Contact McQuinn Naturopathic today at (425)905-2487 to schedule your appointment for acupuncture in Everett.


Did You Know??
McQuinn Naturopathic’s own Dr. William Duarte is a nationally certified and state Licensed Acupuncturist, and holds a PhD and MA in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine; where he subsequently served as a faculty member for many years. Dr. Duarte is world renowned, and has taught acupuncture to other doctors in both China and Mexico. He offers free consultations to see which acupuncture strategy will work best, and in true McQuinn fashion – he doesn’t just treat his patient, he makes it a priority to educate his patients. If you want to be  treated by one of the best acupuncturists in the world, you only have to travel to Everett.