I was pleasantly surprised to learn how this ancient form of Chinese medicine tackles the whole body – mind, body, soul – to create balance. Basically, acupuncture is based on the idea that there are patterns of energy flow, known as Qi, throughout the body that are essential for health and wellbeing. Disruptions in the flow of these energy patterns are what cause issues and therefore, through the insertion of fine needles at various pressure points are believed to correct any imbalances of energy flow.
My acupuncturist explained to me that although we can’t say for certain why acupuncture works it can really help people dealing with many health concerns including stress related, headaches/migraines, fertility/women’s issues, pain, nausea, insomnia, anxiety etc Finding an acupuncturist that is passionate about their work and takes the time to sit with you to discuss how you feel before beginning treatment and at each visit thereafter is key. Generally, people go to about 3-5 consecutive sessions and once they begin to see changes they go in for ‘maintenance’ appointments – these vary for everyone so could be bi-weekly, monthly or just whenever you feel you need it. That’s one of the things I love about the practice it’s very flexible and no hard-set rules.
Now the BIG question – does it hurt?!!
The answer is yes. It does. The first time I can honestly say I thought it was painless and couldn't understand what the big deal was BUT thereafter have found it painful. Let me clarify here, I don’t find the insertion of needles a problem but more so when they are moved around – I usually let out a little squeal but I don’t want to deter anyone, it is honestly very mild discomfort and afterwards relaxing.
So, if you’re looking for a more holistic form of medicine to help you feel better I would say give acupuncture a try as you may be pleasantly surprised by the results. If you’re in East London feel free to get in touch and I can pass on the details of my Acupuncturist.