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5 Fascinating Facts You May Not Know About Acupuncture


While you may cringe at the thought of lying on a table while someone makes you look like something out of a Hellraiser movie, the fact is that acupuncture is both a proven form of alternative medicine and quite misunderstood.   An ancient form of Chinese medicine, the practice has been in use since before Christ.  Experts continue to learn more about its effectiveness for new treatments as well as about its interesting history.  Here are five fascinating facts that you may not know about acupuncture:


  1. Acupuncture needles were originally made of stone, bamboo, thorns, and bone.  Sharpened bones and stones that have been dated from about 6000 B.C. have been studied and interpreted as instruments of this ancient practice.  Today, the needles are made of medical grade stainless steel. 

  2. Acupuncture treatments can increase success rates of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) by up to 65%.  The theory behind this is that the treatments increase blood flow, which aids in successful embryo implantation. 

  3. Acupuncture treatment is very individualized, meaning that a group of patients could present to an acupuncturist with similar symptoms, and their treatment could end up being quite different.  Even the depth of insertion of the needles themselves varies, from 1/4 inch to 1 inch, depending upon each patient's size and condition.

  4. Acupuncturists are not fly-by-night hacks.  In fact, a licensed acupuncturist must attend an in-depth four-year program and secure over a thousand hours in a clinical internship.  This is a highly regulated industry, with forty-three states requiring licensure and the FDA having rules on needle use and disposal.

  5. Some insurance companies will now pay for acupuncture provided the treatment meets their requirements and is performed by a licensed practitioner or medical physician.   As of January 2014, six states (California, New Mexico, Arizona, Washington, Alaska, and Maryland) have included acupuncture as a part of their Essential Health Benefits (EHB) package.  The services covered under this package, such as acupuncture, are ones that will require coverage under the new healthcare reform laws.


Acupuncture is a fascinating and beneficial alternative medical procedure that is both painless and rich with history.  While it continues as a use for the treatment of such common ailments as back pain, neck pain, and headaches, the implications for its use in other areas of health and wellness continues to grow.  If you haven't looked into acupuncture yet due to trepidation or lack of information, you are likely doing yourself a disservice.  It could very well be covered by your insurance and may be the answer you have been searching for.







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