Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, but it’s gotten a lot of buzz lately because of the trend towards natural health and well-being. Nowadays, people are wary of popping a pill just to make pain or discomfort go away. They combine doctor’s prescriptions with alternative medicine — whether it’s regular massages, reflexology, supplements, or seel acupuncture Singapore treatments.
But we know, we know — acupuncture involves needles, and very long ones at that. So it’s natural to ask a lot of questions about it, and whether it’s the right natural therapy for you. Here’s what you need to know.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is based on the belief that we all have energy (r a life force) that flows throughout our body. When we are physically, mentally and emotionally healthy and whole, the energy flows freely. However, when this energy is blocked — from disease, stress, diet, lifestyle, or anything that causes an imbalance in our system — we become weak.
While this can sound very esoteric, Western medicine actually confirms the connection between mind, body and spirit. There’s tons of research that links stress from everything to heart disease, acne and depression. We also know that diet affects hormones, which in turn control emotions and attention span. Acupuncture may use words like “life force” or “balance” but in the end, both Western and Eastern medicine encourage you to see the connection between physical, emotional, and mental health.
So where do the needles come in? Acupuncture believes that energy follows paths called meridians, which connect to major organs in the body. The needles stimulate those organs and clear up blocks. The goal is to regain balance in your energy flow — the yin and the yang, so to speak — which will help you feel better inside and out.
What can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture Singapore clinics can treat any condition that causes physical, emotional or mental discomfort. This includes:
- Migraines and chronic headaches
- Allergies, sinusitis and rhinitis
- Chronic sinusitis
- Infertility and menopause
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Neck and back pain
- Digestive problems
- Insomnia and other sleep disorders
Acupuncture Singapore clinics can also use this natural therapy to manage pain (ex: an old injury or cancer), paralysis, or emotional issues (ex: addiction, trauma, depression). While this should not replace prescription medication and consultations you have with your doctor or therapist, it can make your treatment more holistic.
What can I expect at my first acupuncture consultation?
Experienced acupuncture Singapore experts will always see your body as a whole, and will try to understand what could cause the imbalance in your system. So if you go there complaining about back pain, expect questions about your stress levels, diet, lifestyle, or major life changes that can affect your physical, emotional or mental well-being.
“I first got acupuncture Singapore treatments because I heard that it could help with fertility,” says Sharon. “However, my sessions expanded to treat the stress and depression that I was going through from trying to have a baby. Eventually, I also used acupuncture to deal with other physical conditions that were affecting my fertility, like my high blood pressure, and the side effects of the fertility injections I was getting from my oby-gynecologist — headaches, mood swings, etc.”
Will acupuncture hurt a lot?
Actually, no! The needles are very thin compared to the needles used in injections, so you”ll only feel a little bit of pressure when they are inserted. Most people describe it as a dull ache or slight tingling.
“The first session is a bit more painful than the others. I think I just wasn’t used to it. My acupuncturist also explained that the energy centers were activated for the first time, and the next sessions would be more comfortable,” says Leila. True enough, she says she barely felt anything in her succeeding sessions.
Äs with all acupuncture treatments — natural or medical — just be honest with your practitioner. If the pain doesn’t dissipate, or if it’s higher than your personal pain level, speak up. Your Singapore acupuncturist will adjust your treatment and help you make as comfortable as possible.
Where to get acupuncture in Singapore
Check out Beauty Insider’s list of wellness centers that offer acupuncture in Singapore!