Questions People Ask About Acupuncture

Acupuncturist Chapel Hill, NC

Acupuncture is a popular complementary and alternative medical treatment in this country and worldwide. Nonetheless, many people have questions regarding this type of healthcare. Frequent questions include: Is Acupuncture real? Is it safe? Is Acupuncture covered by Medicare or other forms of insurance? Is it effective? Is it a scam or pseudoscience? Is acupuncture treatment safe during pregnancy? Is it good for low back pain? Do acupuncturists treat sports injuries? Does Acupuncture help fertility? What are the benefits of acupuncture treatment? Is there an acupuncturist near me that takes insurance? Read more about questions people ask about acupuncture.

In this blog post, I will tackle the first question- Is Acupuncture real? For answers to other questions people ask about acupuncture, visit our webpage:, or call the office of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay LAc, DC, at (919) 929-1400, or come in for a consultation. Located in Chapel Hill in Eastowne Hills and serving the Triangle region since 1995 with quality acupuncture and chiropractic, we look forward to helping you.

Is Acupuncture Real?

Acupuncture is real. According to a branch of the NIH called the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health, for more than 2,500 years, acupuncture practitioners have used fine needles to treat many health conditions. Initially a branch of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture has gained worldwide support since 1970; Acupuncture is used in 80% of the world’s countries. Acupuncturists may manipulate acupuncture needles manually or with a small electric current (electroacupuncture).

Imaging studies on the brains of humans and animals show that Acupuncture may affect nervous system function. Other studies show Acupuncture’s effects on connective tissue such as ligaments, tendons, and muscles. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, Dr. Lisa Oskardmay uses Acupuncture as part of a holistic treatment regimen to effect needed changes in the body and mind.

Many studies show that ‘real’ acupuncture treatment is more effective than no treatment and more effective than ‘sham’ or fake medicine. Many patients with back and neck pain, knee pain from osteoarthritis, or post-operative pain know that Acupuncture helps them. Additionally, Acupuncture can help reduce joint pain from cancer therapy, such as breast cancer aromatase inhibitor treatment. Analysis of data from more than 6,000 participants who had painful conditions such as back pain, headaches, or osteoarthritis show that the benefits of acupuncture treatment continued for more than a year or more after treatment. Other research described by the NCCIH shows the use of Acupuncture for non-pain conditions such as allergies, stress incontinence, nausea and vomiting from cancer treatment, and asthma.

At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, our patients enjoy the full benefit of Acupuncture, spinal and joint mobilization chiropractic, and soft tissue massage. Acupuncture provides natural relief for many people worldwide, and in our office, we are proud to offer treatments that help people get well naturally. Open Monday to Friday, we accept new patients and look forward to helping you get the answers and healthcare you need. Call us today at (919) 929-1400, email us at or schedule online at


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