As you know, when it comes to healing, I’m a firm believer that there’s no one-size-fits-all. No One Thing that’ll help all of the people all of the time.

Healing has to be multi-faceted because we are multi-faceted.

Which is why I offer an ever-increasing range of healing practices from Zhineng qigong to health coaching.

But how do you know which practice will be right for you? Well, some of it will be trial and error, of course, but it’s 100% possible to take an educated guess about where to start.

That’s why I’m dedicating this series of blog posts to giving you a broad overview of your healing options so that you have information that will hopefully lead to more specific questions that I can help you answer. 

The first post in the series focused on the wonderful world of Zhineng qigong (missed it? You can catch it here) so for this second installment, let’s explore acupuncture, how it works, who it’s for, and how it could help you.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a staple of traditional Chinese medicine and I don’t use the word “traditional” lightly — the practice has been healing people for over 5,000 years!

Much like Zhineng qigong, it’s heavily influenced by the principles of “Qi”.

For anyone that needs a reminder, qi or energy, is your life force; it naturally flows through your body via channels called meridians, keeping you alive, feeling energized and full of vitality.

However, when your qi becomes overactive, depleted, or blocked — and this can happen for many reasons including bad posture, external pathogens, hormonal disruption, and stress — it can cause illness, pain, imbalance, and low energy.

Acupuncture helps release these blocks so your qi can once again flow freely, relieving your pain and improving your all-around sense of wellbeing.

How acupuncture works.

You’ve seen the pictures, you know there are needles involved…but how does it work?

During your acupuncture session, extremely fine needles will be gently placed at strategic anatomic points around your body to access the body’s natural energy centers and promote your innate ability to heal. Because the needles are designed to stimulate the sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles, it can help produce pain-relieving endorphins.

But don’t let the needles fool you (or scare you!): it’s a gentle and relaxing process. You might feel a mild sensation at the entry points but the needles are so fine that most people don’t even feel them being inserted.

How it helps.

Acupuncture is recommended for a long list of ailments including chronic headaches and migraines, neck, shoulder, and back pain, dental and postoperative pain, and digestive issues, as well as reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

However, it isn’t right for everyone, so it’s important you seek a practitioner who conducts a thorough assessment before booking you in. It might be that another healing modality would better suit you, your symptoms, your medical history, and your current circumstances.

How quickly can I expect results?

You know my stance on this by now: there is no silver bullet. For long-lasting improvements, almost every healing modality requires you to commit to an ongoing course of treatment —and acupuncture is no exception.

That said, many people do report immediate benefits, such as reduced pain, greater feelings of relaxation, and improved energy levels. And, positive exclamations including “I wish I could do this every day!”

Want to know if acupuncture could help you heal? Schedule a virtual consult and I’ll walk you through the options and help you figure out the right place to start your healing journey.

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