There has been lots of discussion among health professionals about Eastern Medicine and Acupuncture and how beneficial it is for many individuals with chronic pain. Yet when most people think about Acupuncture they just imagine someone sticking needles in them. I get asked all the time “doesn’t it hurt?”, and the answer is “no” and it shouldn’t as the needles only go a little ways into the skin. If a needle hurts it needs to be removed and placed elsewhere. And there are different kinds of needles too. In Japanese Acupuncture the needles are much thinner and are barely felt as they go into the skin.
But Acupuncture goes beyond just needles and needles are just a part of the healing process. I have personally been to 4 different Acupuncturists and only my current has been able to cure my pain, but not necessarily with needles. Lisa Valente of the Acupuncture Center of La Jolla, has been working with me for a year and a half and has come to really understand my whole body. She doesn’t just stick me with needles, sometimes she uses Moxa (heating points that are placed on the body and help bring heat to an area to heal it) and she always interacts with me about my habits and diet and muscle tests me for lacking nutrients and weak areas. From that she has developed a plan that is completely unique to my body.
That is how every Acupuncturist should be. The most amazing part is that while the needles and the Moxa give immediate and temporary relief to pain, the supplement given to me is really what has been keeping my pain levels super low. Currently a prebiotic (which helps aid probiotics) is exactly what my body needed to heal properly. But everyone is different. That is why you need a holistic specialist who knows YOUR body and is willing to devote the time to learn about your specific needs. Without my amazing Acupuncturist, I would still be in chronic pain and relying on medications to help my pain. But instead, my energy levels are up and I can work more and more hours and do more and more things. So what are you waiting for? Go see an acupuncturist and see what all the hype is about!