As if surviving middle school wasn’t painful enough, getting embarrassing breakouts definitely added on some throbbing discomfort. I confess I used to have a bit of a breakdown from just a few breakouts. My pimple panic attacks would start like any young teen, and then finally ended with me patiently waiting to see my dermatologist, Dr. Tom, just to get a shot of cortisone into the blemish.
Needle-less to say, I learned at a young age beauty is pain.
Years ago, I loved when a new prescription cream or lotion produced a burning or tingling sensation, then I knew (or at least thought) it was working. I guess I never really grew out of that bizarre belief and behavior…
That eventually led me to my recent acupuncture adventure. Acupuncture has been used to help cure PMS, fatigue, insomnia, asthma, allergies, and infertility, as well as restore energy flow and relieve chronic pain in the back, head, or abdomen. I have always been a light sleeper, but have had difficulty sleeping and staying asleep now more than ever. I wanted to try acupuncture hoping that it would help my insomnia. Although I feel like I have had deeper more restful sleep these past few days, I am still a little skeptical.
Amazing Results from Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has gained popularity in Hollywood for many different reasons. Model Elle Macpherson stated, “I have acupuncture regularly and I see a Chinese doctor who treats most common ailments with herbs.” After her miscarriage in 2008, Mariah Carey used acupuncture to help her become pregnant and Jennifer Lopez uses acupuncture for weight loss and lost about fifteen pounds in 2010. She has raved about how she is obsessed with acupuncture and herbs.
Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock both visit their acupuncturist who inserts the super-fine needles into areas that normally form wrinkles and crow’s feet. Other famous faces of this procedure are Madonna, Cher, and Gwyneth Paltrow. This particular form of acupuncture includes an application to the face to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Often referred to as acupuncture face-lift or facial rejuvenation, this variation of acupuncture has become famous among Hollywood faces for powerful anti-aging benefits.
My acupuncture experience certainly didn’t look or feel like those we’ve witnessed on TV, however it was definitely one for the books! Since the needles used for acupuncture are smaller than hypodermic needles the procedure doesn’t hurt. On the other hand, just the thought of over 20 needles being inserted in you from head to toe wasn’t exactly peaceful either.
The acupuncturist turned on mellow music and dimed the lights and told me to relax and even try falling asleep but I don’t think I’ve ever felt more awake in my entire life. About 30 minutes later and still trying to find my “chi,” I couldn’t help but continue to pat myself down; trying to find any needles that may not have been removed after the procedure.
This traditional Chinese practice certainly fascinates me, and although I am still unsure whether or not it truly works, I think I will give another shot…
What To Know Before You Go!
– Research an acupuncturist that might accept your insurance. Depending on what you are being treated for, your insurance may cover it which was definitely a pleasant surprise when I went.
-You might want to eat/drink something light before you go. Although it is very rare, sometimes people can experience nausea and feel light headed.
– Wear comfortable clothes.
– Bring medical records, blood tests.
– Bring vitamins, herbs, or any other medication you take.
– Don’t go if you’re a skeptic. You have to be open to learning about the benefits of Chinese medicine and acupuncture.