Acupuncture: What is it or Does it Work?

Acupuncture is based on the belief that disease is caused by a disruption in the flow of your energy or your Chi or Qi (pronounced chee)

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Lately, I’ve been dealing with imbalanced hormones, stress, anxiety, and I was diagnosed with pre-hypertension. I began researching ways to improve my health without having to take medications.

Now, I'm not anti-meds; however, if I’m able to minimize the need for pharmaceuticals, then I would like to take that route.

During my research, I came upon acupuncture, so I decided to give it a try. Thus far, I am enjoying the results and I want to share with thoughts on acupuncture with you.

Most western medical doctors and scientists don't buy into the hype of acupuncture. When I tell my friends about acupuncture they're like “You're only experiencing a placebo effect.” Or “There’s not enough research to prove it's working.”

I think they don’t get it because they don’t understand it. Like me, I didn't understand acupuncture in the beginning.  The most that I've ever understood about acupuncture is the use of small needles.

But What Exactly Is Acupuncture?

Well, acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine. It is a noninvasive treatment that promotes natural healing.

The treatment consists of the insertion of fine needles into specific focus points of the body. The focus points depend upon the health problem being treated.  Treatments are usually painless and safe with minimal side effects.

How it works?

Acupuncture is based on the belief that disease is caused by a disruption of your energy flow called your Qi or Chi pronounced chee. This energy force flows through all living things.

Your Qi flows through the different pathways or channels called meridians. These energy channels (meridians) travel close to the surface of the body known as acupuncture points that interact with the energy of the environment.

An Acupuncturist locates the point and inserts the needles, which direct a particular reaction of the channel that is blocked.  Eventually, this unblocks the channel and re-balances the flow of Qi to restore health.

My Experience

So, my first experience with acupuncture was unique. I had a little soreness around my ear where one of the needles was located. During the session I felt relaxed in a cozy room with tranquil tunes. The acupuncturist placed a heating lap over my feet because they are always cold, which deals with one of my concerns.

I laid there in silence and mediated for approximately 35-40 mins. Be mindful everyone’s treatment is different; therefore, you may not keep the needles in that long.

After the session, I honestly felt exhausted the remainder of the day. I was scared and wondered what was wrong.  Honestly, I thought I was tripping. I wasn’t able to sleep during the treatment; however, when I arrived home I crashed. I laid on my sofa and I truly felt beat.

The next day was a new story because I woke up at 5 a.m. without the assistance of my alarm clock. I felt energized and alert all day. During that week I incorporated a homemade ginger tea into my diet, which is known to boost your energy, as well.

With my continued treatments I have noticed other changes.

Improvements in Gastrointestinal Health

Usually, I suffer with constipation but lately I've been reg pretty regular. Not only am I experiencing regularity but at times I'm going 2 times per day. This is a huge considering I usually go 2-3 days without relief.

Better Sleep

I’ve been sleeping better. I am ready for bed at night and I feel I have a restful night’s sleep. There was a time I would sleep but it definitely wasn’t restful sleep. I would wake up feeling tired.

TMI Alert * 

My cycle was definitely different. I experienced less cramping and a nice colorful full flow. My cycle usually last 3-4 days and it’s very light. Especially on day 1; however, this cycle lasted a full 7 days.  I just take this as a sign that my hormones are aligning better.

Another noteworthy change I am becoming more sensitive to situations around me. I’m more emotional and I cry easier than I ever have. I’m usually not a crier but more of a suppressor. However, I have felt more sentimental with life in general and I’m ok with it. This new found freedom is not a bad thing.

Unfortunately, I haven’t seen a shift in my blood pressure numbers. My numbers are still running higher than I'd like. However, I’m constantly making healthier lifestyle changes  like incorporating gynostemma tea into my diet, increasing my physical activity, and consuming more water. Hopefully, all energy within me will align and my blood pressure will shift, too.

About the Author:

My name is Kimberly. Check out my blog where I write about news you can use regarding beauty, fashion, decor, and wellness.



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