My experience with acupuncture

by Elizabeth on August 29, 2013

Hello and happy Thursday! I promised you all a little Acupuncture 101 this morning so let’s dive right it, shall we?

On Friday morning after I arrived at the clinic and filled out some paper work the doctor and I discussed my overall health history and the areas that I wanted to work on. My main concern was managing anxiety and overall stress levels.

I asked him questions regarding the treatment, and what exactly would be going on throughout my body. He explained to me that in Chinese medicine, one must have the proper balance of ?yin?, ?yang? and ?qi? (pronounced chi).

There are 350 acupressure points in the body which can be used to increase the flow and balance of your ?yin?, ?yang? and ?qi?. It is believed that people who have some sort of health impediment, have an imbalance along these pathways. Inserting acupuncture needles on the right points, can help balance the flow of energy, and return the person back to health.

The doctor had me lay down on the bed face up, as he began inserting the acupuncture needles into my body. The needles are about 3cm long, and about the width of a strand of hair. They are also bendable and do not damage the surface of the skin.


He stuck about 10 or so needles all over my body (legs, toes, wrists, hands, etc.) and left me in the room for about a half hour. I felt a slight tingle from the needles, and only a few were somewhat painful. Painful is even a strong word though, it’s more like a pin prick. He removed the needles after a 40 minutes and advised me to come back for sessions once a week, for at least eight weeks which is my plan!

While I was laying there I felt extremely relaxed. My arms and legs felt heavy and tired (but in a good way if that makes sense?) I even took a picture to show you all and then got in trouble for moving. The things I do for this blog…

As far as later in the day went, I had been experiencing some migraines in the late afternoons and evenings and Friday was the first day I didn’t have one. I also have noticed some reduction in overall anxiety. Normally not running and eating an amount of food that’s considerably more than I used to would send me over the edge. But hey, I’m still here and kickin’. So there you have it! If it’s something you want to try I say go for it. I don’t really know how or why it seems to work but there has been evidence based research that supports it! Doctors often put in their treatment plans now. And the way I see it, if people have been doing it for thousands of years and are STILL doing it, it must have worked somewhere along the line.

I’ll keep you updated.

Thoughts on acupuncture and alternative medicine treatments. Feel free to tell me if you think it’s crazy ;-)

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1 Laura @losingrace August 29, 2013 at 8:00 am

I’ve done acupuncture for allergies and migraines before and it actually did seem to help after a few sessions- but I know that it doesn’t work for everyone.
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2 Alyssa @ See This Girl Run August 29, 2013 at 8:18 am

Acupuncture kind of freaks me out. A bunch of needles in me? No thank you! I’m go glad it seems to be working for you though!! I hope it continues to improve!
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3 LeeAnn August 29, 2013 at 8:32 am

I really want to know how this works for you. I have terrible anxiety too and I suffer physical problems from the stress my anxiety causes. Running most definitely helps, but I can’t always find the time to run (especially during the week with my work schedule) and sometimes my knee just won’t let me run as much as I want to. I’ve tried acupuncture for sinuses, and it didn’t work at all – however, I think the success completely depends on the acupuncturist doing the treatment. Mine was done by a general physician who dabbles in acupuncture, and I think that was why it didn’t work. A new acupuncturist just opened a practice an hour away, and I would definitely consider going there for anxiety…keep us posted.


4 Amy @ Run Mom Run August 29, 2013 at 8:39 am

I love this blog. It’s always sounded fascinating but I’ve never actually heard from anyone whose tried it. I kind of want to try it now!
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5 Ellie @ DoubleTroubleRunning August 29, 2013 at 8:40 am

That is so cool. I’ve always wondered how it works, and what it feels like. I hope it works for you!


6 [email protected] August 29, 2013 at 9:09 am

I have never done acupuncture but I have a friend that swears by it! I’m a little nervous around needles. lol
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7 Jojo @ RunFastEatLots August 29, 2013 at 10:13 am

I’ve never tried acupuncture, but I would give it a try. I think it looks more painful than it actually is.
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8 Ashley @ Eat Run Live Happy August 29, 2013 at 10:29 am

I’m terrified of needles. I actually quit a job before because I didn’t want to get a shot.


9 Kira @ August 29, 2013 at 11:29 am

Wow! Perfect timing!! I’m so glad you wrote about this! I see a naturopath and have been thinking of giving acupuncture a try! I have heard a lot of women say how hopeful it is when you’re going through fertility treatments (as we are) and finding it super helpful. Anything that could help us have a cutie I’m up for!
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10 misszippy August 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm

LOVE acupuncture. I’ve been using it for several years and I swear by it–often it does the trick when nothing else will. And I love how relaxed I feel after.
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11 Beth August 29, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I love that you have tried this! I haven’t done an acupuncture session before, but I did have a process that is similar – called “dry needling” – when I was having a lot of issues with a frozen shoulder. I had been going to physical therapy for it twice a week for FIVE months when they tried this new idea. I would lie on the table and the PTherapist would insert needles (a lot like acupuncture needles, just thicker – Disclaimer: I’m diabetic, so needles don’t really phase me because.. well… I like living) all the way to the bone in my shoulder. The muscle would spasm and finally release. I’m not going to lie – it hurt like a beast. They would do about 10-15 (or as many as I could handle) twice a week. I did that for two or three weeks and had almost the full range of motion back!


12 [email protected] August 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm

That’s awesome that it is seeming to work for you! I’ve always wanted to try it out. My theory is that even if something isn’t scientifically proven to work, if it tricks your mind into thinking it is working then it works! Problem solved, right?


13 Debbie @ DebRuns August 29, 2013 at 3:41 pm

I don’t think it’s crazy at all. I know a lot of people that swear by acupuncture, and have been really happy with their results. I hope it works out for you, too.
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14 [email protected] August 29, 2013 at 4:05 pm

I am interested to see what you think if you decide to go again!

I went in Singapore and thought it worked really well. Then I visited a place here by my house off of I10, and I didn’t think it was that great. So mixed feelings.
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15 Leah @ Running with the Hayneses August 29, 2013 at 7:15 pm

I’ve never tried acupuncture, but I agree with you–for some inexplicable reason, it seems to work for a huge variety of ailments! I’m glad it helped with your migraines!
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16 [email protected] August 29, 2013 at 8:32 pm

You’re brave! I’ve heard it works and I’m fascinated but way too terrified to lie down and allow someone to stick needles in my… He’d have to catch me first!


17 [email protected] August 29, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Oops didn’t proofread. In my… Arms, legs, hands, body… In my anything I guess!


18 lindsay September 1, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Great post and very real! Even if you’ve never had an ED, you can relate. Getting COMFY in your body, the healthy body!


19 Selena Brinegar September 1, 2013 at 8:44 pm

I’m so glad you tried acupuncture and had a positive experience. Out has helped me so much with anxiety, feeling bloated, allergies, headaches, hormone balance, cramps, etc. I had an amazing acupuncturist who studied in China for five years. I’m having trouble finding someone I like here in PA. Miss and love you bunches!


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