Not usually, and not really. (But there’s more to it than that.)
acupuncture treats people, not diseases. That means that no matter who you are or what you’re suffering from, Acupuncture is an option for you – not just an alternative or a last-ditch attempt, but an actual, serious, thoughtful medicine.
Acupuncture is often presumed to be simply a pain management technique because it is commonly used that way, and that use is getting some credible reports in scientific journals. But pain relief is only a small part of what acupuncture can do.
Belief is not required in order for the needles to do their work. You don’t have to know what qi is, or that your gallbladder has acupuncture points on your foot. Many people who have experienced great relief initially came to us feeling either very skeptical or completely unsure of the process.