Overcoming Fears of Acupuncture for Healing


Acupuncture is an extremely common practice across the world and it offers several healing benefits. For many Americans, however, acupuncture seems like a terrifyingly painful experience. Acupuncture and other holistic practices are more mainstream in Eastern countries, like China. The approach between Eastern and Western practices differs based on use. Specifically, Western culture tends to rely on medicines to treat illnesses, whereas Eastern traditions rely heavily on various modes of medicine for proactive wellbeing. However, the Western world has slowly been evolving to include holistic healing options, due to their many restorative properties.


Common Fears of Acupuncture

Despite much research that has shown the effectiveness of acupuncture, many people are still terrified of trying this healing modality. By identifying the most common fears, we hope to shed light on the reality of this practice, in hopes that people will be more open-minded to the many healing benefits available through acupuncture.


  • Needles are large and very painful. Unfortunately, there are many false images of acupuncture that make it appear extremely painful when in fact, the needles are very small and thin. Upon gaining a true to life visual of the needles used, millions of Americans have opted to try acupuncture after all. 
  • Acupuncture is outdated. While acupuncture has been used for thousands of years, this is because it’s continued to work, time and time again. Traditional Chinese Medicine is all about balance, and acupuncture aims to treat the mind, body, and spirit, demonstrating a truly holistic approach to wellbeing. Acupuncture works by eliminating pain, increasing energy and restoring muscular function, which can enhance daily life drastically.
  • Acupuncture is supposed to give you results after one session. Just as seeking out chiropractic or massage services requires several continuous sessions, acupuncture requires consistency to achieve the desired results. One session may provide a bit of relief, but it’s only after several sessions that the benefits of acupuncture can truly begin to take effect.


Studies on Acupuncture 

Previous studies have found that acupuncture was highly effective for patients who needed treatment for chronic pain, particularly musculoskeletal pain, headaches, and osteoarthritis pain, even in comparison to a “sham” treatment. News reports claim that millions of dollars a year are spent in the United States on holistic practices like acupuncture because they have been shown to greatly improve the lives of many.


Stress and anxiety go hand-in-hand, and the needles of acupuncture help to release this by unblocking Qi, or life force energy, from the body’s meridians, or pathways within the body that Qi moves through. Injuries, stress, poor nutrition, and even changes in the environment can have major implications on the mind, body, and spirit. Acupuncture can help balance Qi, which means that a person is better able to work through these stressors.


Specifically for those in addiction recovery, acupuncture can aid in the mental, physical and spiritual development necessary to sustain long-term sobriety. Strong therapeutic effects have been experienced by those in addiction recovery who practice acupuncture, aiding in their recovery growth. Acupuncture can assist with many other issues as well, such as:


  • Allergies
  • Depression
  • Hypertension
  • Lower back pain
  • Morning sickness
  • Neck pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sprains
  • Stroke
  • And more


While much skepticism exists around alternative modes of healing like acupuncture, those who try it are often amazed at how well it works for injuries, medical conditions, mental health issues and so much more. In many cases, it’s all about opening the heart and mind to these types of opportunities. If you remain open, you may become surprised at what you find.


See for Yourself

Addiction recovery involves a lot of emotional ups and downs, and acupuncture could be a beautiful way to find healing and restoration. Holistic practices like acupuncture can even be combined in your treatment program at Avalon Malibu. For example, a person may want to try acupuncture, along with art therapy and massage therapy on their recovery journey. We’re all different, and so it makes sense to have a personalized treatment program that suits your needs and interests. At Avalon Malibu, we offer a variety of treatment modalities to support you as you learn how to live a happy, healthy and sober life. 


Acupuncture may seem a bit nerve-wracking in the beginning, but you’ll quickly find that it’s an incredibly professional service aimed at restoring and rejuvenating the mind, body, and spirit. If you’re ready to seek out recovery and interested in incorporating holistic options into your treatment plan, speak with a professional from Avalon Malibu today, at 844-857-5992. With so many services available, and a team of people who truly care about your wellbeing, you’ll find the help you need to get back on track towards the life you always dreamed of.

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