There are a lot of myths about acupuncture, a medical model that has been around for over 4000 years and used successfully to improve the health and well being of people around world.
As busy professionals taking care of ourselves is vitally important. Acupuncture can be a great way to do just that.
Don’t let the myths put you off, here is the fourth in a series of acupuncture myths that I hope will lead you down the path to discovering how acupuncture can ease many of your daily concerns.
Myth 4: Acupuncture may conflict with medication, physical therapy and other ‘mainstream’ conventional medical treatments
Fact: There is no conflict between acupuncture and conventional medicine; they complement one another. In fact some would argue that they are strongest used side by side.
Acupuncture works nicely as an adjunct to your conventional treatment plan in that it can help cope with side effects of conventional treatment e.g. fertility treatment, pain management, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, etc.
Acupuncture is completely safe and drug free so has none of the negative side effects associated with mainstream treatments. In this respect for some people it is seen as alternative rather than complementary to mainstream treatments.
In some case acupuncture can be the only suitable treatment, for example in the case of nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy or other medical treatment where there is a reluctance to use medication.
It is always valuable to seek traditional medical advice alongside seeing an acupuncturist, there could be valuable information that you can share that will help to define the most appropriate course of treatment for you.