In the simplest sense, acupuncture is the insertion of extremely thin needles into precise and strategic points on your body to promote healing. It’s a part of Traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for over 4,000 years, because (strangely enough) it actually works. Acupuncturists think of it as a technique for balancing and directing the flow of energy (a.k.a. “Qi”). When all is well with your Qi, you feel healthy, strong, and full of energy. When Qi is not flowing properly, or is blocked or stuck, it manifests as pain, dysfunction and even disease. After needle insertion, some people can even feel a “whoosh” in their body, and this is actually their Qi flowing in a different way (that’s a good thing).
Does it hurt? No. I wouldn’t describe it as pain as the needles are as fine as a human hair; however, sometimes you do feel it upon initial insertion yet the feeling dissipates rapidly. It’s a different sensation for everyone.
If I’m “afraid of needles” should I still try it? Yes! I’ve treated many people who were afraid of needles. Acupuncture is absolutely NOT the same as getting a shot or getting your blood drawn. In fact, syringes used for that are 13 times larger! Most people that are afraid still do very well with acupuncture and are able to deeply relax after the needles are inserted. It’s not uncommon to fall asleep with the needles in.
Why should I try it? Because acupuncture is a complete holistic healing system. As an Acupuncture Physician, I look at health with a different perspective. Health isn’t just an absence of disease. I don’t attempt to simply mask symptoms. My job is to determine what is creating imbalance in your body, find the root cause, and take action.
About Erica Easter
My first experience with acupuncture was after I was diagnosed with bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome. I saw many Western doctors and my choices were limited to quitting my job, steroid injections, and surgery. For a while it felt like a dead end, but I knew there had to be other options. I looked outside of Western medicine and found acupuncture. I was so impressed after my first session that I promptly decided I wanted to become an Acupuncturist, too. Four years later and now I’m happy to call myself a board-certified Acupuncture Physician.
I graduated from Florida College of Integrative Medicine in 2014 with a Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor’s in Public Health Services. I also have a Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of Florida.