If you’ve never had acupuncture, the image of all those little needles sticking into you, may make your skin crawl.
“I’m migraine free and I was getting migraines all the time,” says Kinne, who used to lie in bed in the dark for hours with debilitating headaches.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese approach to healing that’s been around for thousands of years.
It’s commonly used to treat problems such as pain and infertility. Deb Diers, a licensed acupuncturist, tells people “if you have a heart attack or break your leg, go to the hospital and then come to your acupuncturist afterwards. But this is a whole system of healthcare so it can treat anything.”
The hair thin needles are placed in specific points all over the body, which are thought to unblock stuck energy. Kinne could feel it working immediately, “you can feel your energy moving, you can feel things moving inside.” And for people who are scared of needles, Kinne compares the feeling to a quick bug bite. “Every once in awhile there would be a certain point it would feel like a mosquito bite and that was it.”
It’s important that anyone considering the treatment seek out a practitioner who is properly trained and licensed.