5 Misconceptions about acupuncture

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PHOENIX -- When it comes to the ancient art of acupuncture, you might now know as much as you think.

There are many misconceptions about acupuncture, some of which might stem from fear.

  1. It's a painful process.
  2. It's ineffective.
  3. The needle are not safe.
  4. Acupuncture is a placebo.
  5. Acupuncture is only good for pain.

Dr. Edward Lamadrid, DAOM (doctor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine), put a couple of needles into 3TV's Scott Pasmore to demonstrate how acupuncture is done and explain the truth about the treatment.

Pasmore said he didn't feel a thing when Lamadrid put two needles in place on his arm -- live on the air.

While the needles weren't in enough to have any real effect on Pasmore (there were there less than five minutes), Lamadrid said acupuncture can be very relaxing and treat a wide variety of issues from depression and emotional issues to digestion difficulties to losing weight to headaches.

"Acupuncture used in conjunction with other treatments or medications can be extremely effective," he said.

While many people might be concerned about the safety of the needles, Lamadrid said that's not even an issue.

"Acupuncture is always performed with disposable needles in a clean and sterile environment," he said. "Acupuncture needles have been approved by the FDA and are only used once, then disposed of."

The key to successful, worry-free treatment, Lamadrid said, is to find a certified and licensed practitioner. He suggested visiting the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine's website -- NCCAOM.org.

For more information visit www.edlamadrid.com/index.html and www.integrativehealthstudio.com.