When I meet someone new, they usually ask me what I do. My standard answer is “I am an integrative medicine doctor who combines functional medicine, acupuncture, and nutrition to get to the root of people’s problems.”
When they hear I do acupuncture, their eyes widen in surprise, and I often get a million questions. I get it. People are curious, and it's a relatively new medical treatment within the scope of Western medicine. Add to that the fact that I look like the complete opposite of a traditional Chinese medicine doctor, and it tends to pique people’s interest.
Although acupuncture has been around for almost 4,000 years, it remains a mystery to most Americans. That's why I'm sharing the top five myths about acupuncture—and explaining what you should really know: