With so many amazing benefits, it’s hard to narrow this list down. But if I had to, it would look a little something like this.
Here are 8 reasons why you should try acupuncture at least once!
It doesn’t hurt, it feels good.
Friends and family always ask me if acupuncture hurts. I am fairly certain this is one of the biggest barriers of entry and reasons why people don’t try it. So, I am here to set the record straight. Acupuncture DOES NOT hurt. Unlike the hypodermic needles used in your doctor’s office that are hollow and designed to inject or extract substances, acupuncture needles are hair thin and solid. They simply push the skin aside versus cutting through the skin as hypodermic needles do. Therefore, needle insertion is virtually painless. Now, I say “virtually” because in my experience there have been specific locations that elicit a sensation when a needle is inserted and are more sensitive than others. Those spots are specific locations in the ear and the top of the foot. The sensation I have felt is not painful, but rather feels like a burst of energy. Personally, I have come to look forward to these insertion points now!
It really works.
I initially tried acupuncture for fertility, and guess what, I got pregnant! Postpartum, when my son turned one years old and I stopped breastfeeding, I asked my acupuncturist to help with menstruation as my period had not yet returned. Within two months of acupuncture, my period returned. Other areas of focus have ranged from managing my anxiety to sleeping better, and I have experienced wonderful benefits for everything I have wanted to improve. Acupuncture has been the single most powerful method I have discovered next to taking a daily medication for anxiety. I hope one day I can come off of it.
It brings you to the present moment.
Like so many, I have a hard time meditating. In the past few years, my practice has improved, but it is still so hard to sit still and quiet my mind long enough to experience the benefits of daily meditation. Acupuncture effortlessly and almost instantaneously brings me to a state of peace. Once the needles are inserted and my eyes are closed, I immediately fall into a deep state of calm and bliss that I have yet to achieve in any other setting. No matter how stressful the day has been, acupuncture brings me to the present moment.
It turns your attention inwards.
I am constantly in search for answers in the external world. I very rarely look within myself for guidance. Maybe it’s because I do not trust my instincts and intuition because they somehow feel inferior to the pragmatic approach to decision-making that is so deeply ingrained in me. We are vessels with knowledge pools some of us never draw from. In a world where everything we could ever want to know is at our fingertips, we assume we couldn’t possible add any depth or perspective to the conversation. During my last reiki session, my practitioner told me that I need to get out of my head and start looking inwards for my answers. The perfect job, or perfect is not the key to my happiness. Acupuncture has an uncanny ability to help you turn inwards. It is then up to you to notice and put to practice what you uncover.
It helps you see what’s gone unseen.
When your eyes are closed, it is safe to assume that you can no longer see. But what about all of those beautiful colors and strange images that appear during your session? What do they mean? I’ve started exploring this area recently, as colors have become more and more noticeable during my acupuncture sessions. I first noticed them on one occasion when my acupuncturist put two stones in my hands after I had already closed my eyes. Throughout my meditation, I saw waves and waves of radiant white light. When the session came to an end and I opened my eyes, I looked down at my hands and saw two white stones! Here’s a really great article about seeing colors during acupuncture. The strange images and shapes you see can also hold great meaning if acknowledged and then applied to your life. Once you open yourself up to the universe and draw from your inner pool of knowledge is when you can really discover truth, answers, and guidance.
It re-balances and renews.
Our bodies are rich vessels of energy that are powerful and sacred. But in a society that is habitually focused on achieving at all costs, we often times let our body and mind become unbalanced, which in turn usually results in some form of physical or emotional discomfort. Acupuncture realigns and when necessary presses the restart button. Releasing stagnant, blocked channels allows our body and mind to once again flow freely and in sync with one another, ultimately bringing us closer to our true selves.
It offers a place of safety and warmth.
I long for that quiet, warm acupuncture room tucked away in a the charming old Victorian building I visit for renewal. I wish I could stay in that room forever. It is a space free of judgement, labels, stress, and pressure. It is a place just for me, that nurtures my body and fills my soul. When I am laying on that table, I am at peace. I am not afraid of tomorrow or sad about yesterday. It feels like I am sitting in front of a crackling fire, wrapped up in a big, warm, cozy fleece blanket, with a hot cup of delicious coffee in hand.
It is yet another step towards living a happy life.
It is never one thing that makes someone happy, truly happy. It is a combination of many things and an awareness and grounding in the present moment. Sounds simple, but it is not. It is necessary. And acupuncture is just one piece to the puzzle, but a very powerful one at that!