Since I’ve been in New York I’ve been feeling a bit ‘off’ – my skin has been crazy, I’ve had a lot of random bloating & digestive issues and my back has been playing up (but that’s nothing new) I’ve tried all sorts but nothing seems to be particularly working. Enter acupuncture. I have been recommended acupuncture on several occasions but never really followed up (clever!!) simply because I didn’t fully understand what it was or how it could help me.
However, the other night I was watching some random videos (yknow the classic YouTube black hole) and ended up stumbling upon a vast quantity of acupuncture videos. After watching a multitude of these I decided that it couldn’t hurt (get it) and looked up the best acupuncturists in NY (that we’re actually affordable, here’s the article). I settled upon City Acupuncture and that is how I found myself this evening face down semi asleep with needles in my back, neck, shoulders, knees and ankles.
How does Acupuncture work?
The science behind acupuncture is that each needle creates a tiny ‘injury’ to the body causing your body to increase blood flow, nutrients and healing properties to those areas. By placing needles in specific areas which are linked to or causing specific ailments, acupuncture is able to relief some if not all of the pain. It can also be used for infertility, headaches, menstrual issues, sleep & hormonal imbalances as well as other things.
Does it hurt?
No. And I didn’t find it particularly uncomfortable but you should be warned that depending on what you’re reason for having acupuncture is and the placement of needles, some can cause a bigger reaction than others. Oh and btw the ‘needles’ aren’t what you’re picturing, they are incredibly thin and I didn’t see them around my body at all so if you’re scared of needles don’t let that put you off!
Did I notice any difference?
Yes. I was shocked leaving at how much better I felt in fact. The painful bloating I had had was gone, my back felt incredible (which is truly saying something for me) and I actually think it affected my posture as I noticed I was standing much taller afterwards!
All in all, I would highly recommend trying acupuncture for any of the ailments listed above or just for deep relaxation (brain or muscle), If you’ve got any opinions/questions or tips regarding acupuncture or any other eastern medicines, leave them in the comments below!