I first met Debbie Hardin of Hardin Acupuncture at a Propelle networking this fall. In just five minutes of talking with her, I could tell how passionate she was about acupuncture and helping others.
After talking in length, I wanted to know more. Acupuncture has a lot of myths and misconceptions, so I wanted to get a firsthand look at what acupuncture is really all about. So, I took a visit to Hardin’s office to get the scoop.
Let’s de-bunk some of the common acupuncture myths:
1. Well, what the heck is acupuncture? Hardin says, "Many of our health problems begin at a level that is more subtle than what can be measured with lab tests or blood work. Acupuncture works to resolve issues at this subtle level. Simply put, it's taking what’s working in the body and expanding it. Our bodies are amazingly good at healing themselves, they just need a little extra support sometimes."
2. The needles are painful. Contrary to popular belief, acupuncture needles are about as small as a cat’s whisker and as painful as a tiny pinch. Hardin said she treats people every week who are deathly afraid of needles, but acupuncture needles don’t bother them.
3. Acupuncture only treats pain. Acupuncture can actually help with a wide-range of ailments including anxiety, stress, depression, and smoking cessation. It's especially helpful for long-standing, chronic health issues. Rather than dealing with symptoms one by one, each treatment takes the whole person into account.
4. It’s only for older people. I will admit, I thought there was a certain age requirement for acupuncture. However, it is really for anyone. Hardin has seen patients as young as 4 and as old as 88. This is truly something that everyone can benefit from.
5. I tried it and it didn’t work. Many people think after one session that if they didn’t notice a crazy, intense moment that it didn’t work. However, similar to working out or eating healthy, sometimes your body has to adjust to the change. It’s not that it’s not working, it’s just that you might not see the results until after a few treatments.
While I was at the office, Hardin showed me how simple and easy the first visit to her office was. After a thorough health history, Hardin then works with your specific body to treat you accordingly.
Watch the video to see how simply, painless, and relaxing acupuncture really is and check out Debbie Hardin at Hardin Acupuncture by visiting www.hardinacupuncture.com.