I’ve been getting acupuncture on an occasional basis for about three years. It has helped me immensely with pain, muscle tension and relaxation. I know about it because my mother I received it from our naturopath. My first experience I was scared as I have always been afraid of needles as a child. However, I ended up trying it and it was a great decision on my end. Here is an interview with Dr. Sarah Penney, ND to clarify any questions you may have. For more information on Naturopathic Medicine read Read Sarah’s other Wellness Talk.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a type of treatment using very thin needles that are inserted into specific points in the skin and muscle to cause certain reactions in the body. There are two types – one that is used to balance yin and yang from traditional Chinese medicine perspective and another type that is used in areas of injury or muscle tension for pain management.
What kind of conditions can acupuncture be used to treat?
Acupuncture can be used to treat many conditions. I commonly use the traditional Chinese medicine approach to treat anxiety, stress or depression, digestive concerns, hormonal imbalances and insomnia. The more physical approach to acupuncture can be used to address pain management of injuries and speed healing, or help resolve muscle tension.
How often should someone get acupuncture?
Frequency of treatments depends on what we are treating. Most of the time if someone is suffering from severe anxiety I will do treatments 1-2 times per week for a few weeks to see if it will help. If the situation is less urgent I often do acupuncture once per week or every two weeks for muscle tension or hormone balance.
Is it as scary as people think it is?
Acupuncture is not what most people think after seeing it in movies. The needles are incredibly thin and flexible – thinner than a sewing needle, and not very long. They don’t go in very deep and it is largely a pain free experience for patients. It is very different experience from getting blood drawn or injections that many of us are used to, as the needle is not putting anything into you or taking any blood out.
We welcome you to share your thoughts about acupuncture and if you’ve ever had it in the comments below. We would love to start a conversation with you!
Peace and Love,