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 are 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 regulation as my period had not yet returned. Within two months of acupuncture, my period returned. Other areas of focus have ranged from managing anxiety to sleeping better. I have experienced wonderful benefits for everything I have wanted to improve.
It brings you to the present moment.
Acupuncture effortlessly and almost instantaneously brings you to a state of peace. Once the needles are inserted and your eyes are closed, you immediately fall into a deep state of bliss. No matter how stressful the day has been, acupuncture guides you to the present moment so that you can meditate, find answers, and enjoy healing.
It turns your attention inwards.
Are you constantly in search for answers in the external world? But have you ever looked within for guidance? It’s hard to trust your instincts and intuition because they somehow feel inferior to the pragmatic approach to decision-making that is so deeply ingrained in us. We are vessels with deep knowledge pools that 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. Acupuncture has the 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 first noticed colors 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 you can really discover truth, love, 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 and unhealthy, which in turn 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, ultimately bringing us closer to our true selves.
It offers a place of safety and warmth.
Acupuncture provides a space free of judgement, labels, stress, and pressure. It is a place just for you, that nurtures your body and fills your soul. When you are laying on the table, you are at peace. You are not afraid of tomorrow or sad about yesterday. For me, acupuncture 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. Acupuncture is just one piece to the puzzle, but a very powerful one at that!