Happy Tuesday friends! Hope your week is going good so far!
I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while now and finally made a point to sit down and do it. Acupuncture was a big part of my life at one time, so I wanted to share my experiences with you.
In case you don’t know, acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine where very thin needles are inserted at very specific points in the body. It’s based on the theory that energy, known as chi, flows through and around the body along pathways called meridians. Acupuncturists believe that illness occurs when something blocks or unbalances your chi, so acupuncture is a way to unblock or influence chi in order to help it flow back into balance.
Over a year ago, I was having issues with stress and I was having bad neck and shoulder pain. A friend of mine told me that she was going for acupuncture treatments and her experience was very positive, so she suggested I try it out. I hadn’t ever considered acupuncture before (I’m not really sure why), but I was totally willing to try it. I’m NOT a fan of taking traditional medications and prefer alternative and holistic treatments whenever possible.
I made my first appointment and had a long conversation with the acupuncturist about my health history and my current complaints. I really didn’t know what to expect when I lied down on the table. The first few needles kind of hurt going in, but I quickly got used to it. After she inserted all the needles (and there were a ton), she left me to lie on the table for 1/2 an hour. At first I thought, I’m never going to make it that long without being able to move — I have a tendency to get super antsy and sometimes it takes me a while to relax, but after a few minutes, my body and my mind completely gave in and I was able to relax. I listened to the soft calming music that was playing and the trickle of the water fountain. I actually fell asleep!
After that first session I was completely hooked! That 1/2 hour was for me — no phone, no other people, no computer…NO interruptions. It was a time of peace and rejuvenation in that moment, but it also carried itself out throughout the week. I felt alive and calm, I slept better, my body felt better, my acne was getting better, my level for stress tolerance was better, my neck and shoulder pain was better…I was better.
During my time with acupuncture, I was surprised to learn of the amazing health benefits. Take a look…
Important — If you decide to choose acupuncture as a treatment option, be sure to choose an acupuncturist wisely and be sure they have the proper credentials and training. Also, make sure that your acupuncturist uses a new pack of sterile needles every time.
I went to acupuncture every Saturday morning for about a year. It was a truly amazing experience! The only reason I stopped was it started to get expensive after a while, but I miss it and hope to go back again soon.
Have you ever tried acupuncture before? If yes, what was your experience with it?
Are you a fan of holistic treatment alternatives?
Reference: Acupuncture – Topic Overview by WebMD