Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific acupoints along the skin of the body involving penetration of thin needles.
Stimulating specific acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of qi through channels known as meridians.
Acupuncture relaxes the nervous system, increases the function of the immune system and encourages the body to find homeostasis. This place of balance allows the body’s natural healing ability to be at its best.
Studies have also shown that it releases endorphins (the body’s natural “feel-good, pain reducing” chemicals).
Does it hurt?
Let’s take care of the elephant in the room, shall we?
It’s normal to have some fear of needles when starting acupuncture.
Oftentimes, the only needles we’ve been exposed to have been when getting a dreaded shot at the doctor’s office, or having blood drawn.
Lucky for you, these are completely different needles than the needles used in acupuncture.
When you’re getting a shot, you’re experiencing a Hypodermic needle, which is hollow, and relatively huge.
In Acupuncture, we use Filiform needles, which are not hollow.
In fact, they are a mere 1/10th of the size of a normal needle that you would get blood drawn from.
As you can see from the picture, the acupuncture needles are nowhere near the size of a standard hypodermic needle, and the sensation you experience bears little resemblance to that of what you’re used to in the Western medical world.
So what actually happens on your first visit?
Well, we wanted to show you, so we filmed a 24 year old photographer (with a healthy fear of needles) going to acupuncture for the first time.
Check it out, and judge for yourself.
I think you’ll find that the needles aren’t so bad after all. Actually, most people come to look forward to the needles after experiencing the deep, profound sense of relaxation as a result of acupuncture.
Remember, the benefits of acupuncture are countless. If you’re courageous enough to come in for your very own first visit, you’ll quickly find that the needles aren’t so bad, and the benefits are more than worth it.
- Better sleep
- Less Stress
- A decrease in Chronic Pain
And much, much more.
Come try it out for yourself today.