Why everyone should have acupuncture
Most patients try acupuncture as a last resort when they have failed to get relief from conventional
medicine and other complementary therapies.
Despite providing excellent results for a wide range
of conditions, acupuncture is often overlooked for one single reason: “I'm scared of needles.”
Guess what? Me too! I hate needles. I dread having blood tests or vaccinations and I hope to never
ever need an IV in my hand.
But acupuncture needles are not needles as we know them; they are nothing like injection needles or sewing needles. They are teeny tiny and soft enough to bend.
Before I had my first treatment, I assumed it did not hurt others but would hurt me. I was proved
wrong. Most times you don't feel anything at all and sometimes you might feel a small pinch for a
second. Almost everyone drifts off to a lovely snooze during treatment and leaves blissfully relaxed.
Now that you know there is no reason to factor in needles in your decision, here are four common
“side-effects” of acupuncture that should encourage you to give it a chance:
1. You'll sleep better.
Insomnia is one of the common complaints seen in clinic, and acupuncture can be highly effective
at resolving it. But even if you’re not someone who struggles with sleep, you may still notice
yourself sleeping more deeply, waking less during the night, or feeling more rested in the morning.
2. Your digestion will improve.
Digestion is big in acupuncture. The meridians that regulate digestion are connected to all other
structures and functions throughout the body, and a person’s digestive health says a lot about his or
her overall state of health. This is why regardless of your main complaint, you might notice your
bowel habits becoming more regular, and you’ll feel less bloated after meals and will experience
fewer food cravings.
3. You'll be less stressed out
Many people don't feel that they are stressed. They’ve gotten so used to living with a certain level
of stress that it has become their “normal”. By evening out our moods, acupuncture makes us less
affected by the stressful aspects of our lives and better at managing them. It’s only in the absence of
stress that you notice how stressed out you were to begin with.
4. You'll have more energy
Although it’s common to find yourself in a blissfully relaxed state after your acupuncture treatment,
the after effect is usually increased energy. You may notice that you’re less tired during the day that
you're avoiding that post-lunch coma and feeling more motivated to go out for a walk or hit the
If you haven’t tried acupuncture yet because you've been put off by needles and are now curious,
we'd be happy to tell you more and answer any questions you may have.
Niamh Muldowney, owner, Anam Mai Acupuncture