What is Acupuncture Used For ? The truth about pain relief using Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture used for and does it really work?

Finding alternatives to traditional medicine can be labor intensive if you do not know what you are looking for.  Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years before 100bc and used by the ancient Chinese with great success.  It is a great alternative.

I was first introduced to Acupuncture when I gave a class on Emotional Freedom Techniques at the Integrative School of Medicine.   They offered me a free session if I would let the students watch.  This I was contemplating but did not want to be poked with a load of needles.       What is acupuncture

One of the class members booked a private session with me and after her session, I mentioned to her that I was having horrible pains in my chest and was worried I was having a heart attack.  At the time I was going through a messy divorce!!!  She convinced me to have Acupuncture with the top Chinese Doctor at the school.  I reluctantly agreed……

My experience was amazing, to say the least.  I was very fearful when I went in but he put me at ease and I began to relax.  I did not feel the needles go into my body, face, head, hands and feet at all.  BUT when he said he was going to leave me for 20 minutes the fear came back again.  What if  I moved and the needles broke, all silly thoughts going through my head.  He gave me a switch attached to a buzzer and said if I needed anything to press the switch and he would be right back.

I could feel the blocked energy in my chest move like a water bubble and leave my body and take the pain with it.  Needless to say since that day almost 11 years ago I have not experienced that pain again.  I was now adding Acupuncture to my healing modalities for myself.

How does it work?

The Doctor will look at your tongue, take your pulse and ask you a few questions.  They will then determine which organs need assistance/unblocking.  If you are a person who worries all the time they might think your spleen needs some help.  They will then insert Meridian Pointsthe needles to the acupressure point which also corresponds with the Meridian Line for the Spleen.  Inserting the needles in the appropriate places will allow the blockage to clear and therefore release pain.  There is also an emotional component to this, pain gets worse depending on your emotional state.  Also certain foods and drinks will make pain worse.

Will it Relieve Pain?

In my opinion and with my personal experience my answer is yes.   I had a back injury a few years ago and one of the things damaged was my nerve endings and circulation to my legs.  Acupuncture along with cupping helped release the blockage so that my circulation could get to my legs.  The pain I had was the worst I have ever felt (worse than giving birth).  My Doctor put the needles in my right arm which helped the pain in my lower right back and leg.

I have referred many clients for acupuncture with great success.  However the 20 mins you are left in the room by yourself, I advise focusing on releasing the pain and helping your body with the process.  If you are going to lay there and worry about what is going on in your life or how much pain you are in then you slow the process down.

Some of the pains that can be helped with Acupuncture:

  • headaches
  • backacheAcupuncture for Pain
  • neck pain
  • post surgery pain
  • period pain
  • menopause
  • dental pain

Should you try it?

Absolutely – find a good reputable Doctor of Oriental Medicine –  they can back things up with teas, herbs and soups to also help with the pain and the emotions.  DO your research first and you will not, in my opinion, be disappointed.   There are many Associations and Registries all over the world, look for one in your local area.

Acupuncture can also be used for facelifts, I have not tried this but my Doctor does administer this and has great results. Acupuncture is also very effect for pets, many vets will use this for pain relief and for stressful  and nervous animals.

If you want to see what the acupressure points are and how you can help yourself, this book is one that I have been using for a number of years. Acupressure points


As always make sure you disclose any medications, supplements, and herbs you are taking to the Doctor.

Please leave comments or questions and I will answer and help in anyway I can.



18 thoughts on “What is Acupuncture Used For ? The truth about pain relief using Acupuncture

  1. Great article Helen! I’m a huge fan and proponent of alternative, holistic healing methods. That being said I have yet to try acupuncture! Reading your article has definitely inspired me. I’ve been dealing with chronic back pain for a while and this might be able to help! I’m also aware that we store emotional pain in our bodies as well, and acupuncture could help with that too.

    One question I have is how much does it typically cost for an acupuncture diagnosis and session?

  2. I’ve always been curious about acupuncture but have never tried it. Your article makes me really want to find out more about it. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hi Helen,

    Great article! I’ve never had acupuncture, but after reading this, I may consider it seriously. I have chronic back problems with consistent pain on a daily basis. After X-rays and an MRI, the solution they offered me was pain management. Not something I am interested in. Your comments answered several questions that I had!!

    • I had the same issue, I also used a combination of chiropractic, energy healing and meditation along with the Acupuncture, find what works for you. They told me I would never walk or be able to sit for long periods. I wear 6″ heels – dance – power walk every day and sit for long periods on this computer. You will able to be pain free if you find what works for you.

  4. I have wondered about acupuncture for a LONG time. One of my MMA instructors swore by it. I suffer from upper back pain from getting hit from behind while waiting at a stoplight. The pain has gotten worse over the years and I am looking for options. Thank you, Helen. I will let you know about my experience with it!!!

  5. I used Acupuncture for the first time last year. I tore my ACL and had reconstructive surgery. I was still in some pain sometime 2 years after my surgery and acupuncture has done wonders for me. It really is amazing. I am glad to see it worked out for you.

  6. Great article Helen! I tried acupuncture to relieve my stress when I found that massage therapy was just not doing anything. My experience was fantastic! I too found that it didn’t hurt unless I was thinking about it hurting. I carry all my stress in my shoulders and found that with just one acupuncture session the tension was immediately gone. I highly recommend it for people, especially those that can’t sit still for a 1 hour massage!

  7. Great article. I have always been skeptical of acupuncture. I have a large fear of needles and I would be afraid that I would not relax enough for this technique to work. They are needles right? So, how can you not feel them entering your skin? How can the acupuncturist help ease your nerves? I am glad to hear this has worked for you in relieving your pain. I know others that have used acupuncture and they swear by it! I may have to give it a try.

  8. Wonderful post. I never even consider acupuncture as a pain reliever. I am not into pills because I believe that your body should be healthy enough to heal itself. But acupuncture sounds like a great natural alternative to all those medicines with their million side effects. Thank you for sharing.

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