Posted on November 1st, 2016
I’m always looking for new ways to reduces stress and tension in my body to allow me to feel my best self. I first tried acupuncture when I was quite young after a car accident due to some whip lash. At the time, I didn’t do more than one session because I had an extreme fear of needles.
A couple years ago, however, I gave acupuncture another shot to help with excruciating pain in my legs. I still am not a fan of needles but I figured it couldn’t be worse than getting my blood taken. I’ve now been regularly going to my acupuncturist here in L.A and highly recommend getting it done.
When you first arrive, your acupuncturist will ask your health history. Most likely they will also examine your tongue to look at the colour, size and coating. Both Ayurveda and Chinese medicine look to the tongue as a way to assess one’s health. Afterwards, you will lie down on the treatment table to begin the session. Unlike the needles used to draw blood, acupuncture needles are very tiny. Some experience minimal discomfort and others feel absolutely nothing. After the needles are in you don’t notice or feel them at all. The acupuncturist will leave you for about 30 minutes to allow the needles to do their work. Post-session you will most likely feel very relaxed but may also have a feeling of tiredness.
Traditional Chinese Therapy is based upon a philosophy that energy, called qi, flows along various pathways, called meridians. When the pathways are flowing properly, the opposing forces of yin and yang are balanced and we experience good health. When the channels are blocked we experience disease, pain and other disfunction. According to an article in Medical News Daily, acupuncture can relieve pain by stimulating the muscles and connective tissues. This ushers in blood flow to the area and triggers a release of our body’s natural painkillers.
I highly recommend acupuncture for whatever your needs may be. Make sure to find a good acupuncturist whom you trust and is well qualified. If you are in the L.A area, I recommend my acupuncturist, Aleksandra Dianova. She takes great care of her patients and is very attentive to their needs. She is also very experienced with herbs which can supplement your treatment.
Nordqvist, Christian. “Acupuncture: How Does Acupuncture Work?”Http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/156488.php. N.p., 17 Feb. 2016. Web. 13 Sept. 2016.
“How Acupuncture Can Relieve Pain and Improve Sleep, Digestion and Emotional Well-being.” – Division of Center for Integrative Medicine. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Sept. 2016.