Last year, I started going to acupuncture because of a running-related injury. When I went to my first ever session, I was terrified because I am afraid of needles. But I soon found out that acupuncture needles are nothing compared to the needles that are used for shots or for getting your blood drawn. They’re much smaller, making them virtually painless. It feels like a tiny pinch when it gets placed and afterward, you can’t really feel them.
I loved going to acupuncture and I was going once a week for a few months. However, around this time last year, I switched jobs and unfortunately my new health insurance didn’t cover acupuncture at all, so I had to stop going.
Then, I found out about WTHN. They’re an acupuncture clinic that has a team of acupuncturists and a ton of cubicles, making it easy to take on a lot of clients at the same time. I think it’s because of this model that they’re able to offer a relatively affordable price for the services, and they also have an online booking system, which makes it really convenient for me to find a time that works for me.
Fortunately, they do accept FSA (flexible spending accounts) and I get one free session included with my monthly membership.
I had heard that when you’re starting out with acupuncture, you should at least go once a week for a month or two so that your body can build up its immune system and then after that you can go more spaced out so for maintenance. Curious, I decided to go once a week for four weeks to see if it made any difference.
I was beyond stressed and I decided that I needed to do something to decompress. My eczema was flaring up from the stress, I was in a constant irritable mood, and I was getting headaches. I made an appointment after work and met with the acupuncturist. I told her what issues I was going through, stress, eczema, and also some knee pain from a HIIT class I had taken. She applied needles in various places. Once she was done placing the needles, as a part of WTHN’s procedures, she placed headphones on me where I had the option to choose between different soundtracks and if I wanted an additional guided meditation or not. I opted for the chill, ambient soundtrack and then she left me to relax for some time.
Afterward, I felt so much better. It felt like a weight had been lifted off of my chest. I felt more productive at work and in a better mood. My eczema was starting to calm down, but it still hadn’t completely gone away.
I had a morning appointment this time. I was in a pretty good mood since this was around the time I started a new medication (different post on that later), so my stress levels were pretty low. However, I had a rough time sleeping the night before, and I felt like the medicine was causing my eczema to flare up. (I actually stopped drinking coffee two years ago because I always noticed my eczema flaring up whenever I drank it.) So my main concerns for this session was lack of sleep, a bit of stress, and eczema flare-ups.
My acupuncturist would push down on points and asked me if it felt tender/sore there. I was pretty curious as to how she knew where to push because normally, I wouldn’t have even noticed that those points were sore, so I asked her about it. She said that these are acupuncture points that correlate to different parts of the body. For example, the points on my forearm are correlated to my immune system, and by putting the needles there, it can help strengthen the immune system.
After she placed the needles, she left and I took a quick, much-needed nap.
I’ve been dealing with a really gross eczema patch on my chest for the past few months. It was really scabby the first time I went to acupuncture, but after the second session, I noticed that it started healing really quickly.
I stopped by after work and I realized that I had been looking forward to the appointment all week. I had been having trouble sleeping because of the medication, so that was my main focus. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to sleep better later that night, but I did feel more at peace after the session.
When I went in for this session, there weren’t too many things I wanted to target. I was mostly sore from working out this particular week, and my allergies were acting up a little bit. My mood was pretty good and I had been sleeping well.
I didn’t notice too much of a difference after this session.
Overall, I feel like the improvements were pretty subtle and minimal. I think I’ve had a lot of success with speeding up the process for physical injuries with acupuncture, but for other things like stress, eczema, and sleep deprivation, I think it takes more time for that to kick in.
I really like WTHN because of its convenient location as well as how easy it is to book an appointment. I’ll continue to go for sure.
Have you ever gone to acupuncture before? What did you think?
NinaSeptember 15, 2019 at 6:56 pm
I have never tried it but heard good things about it. I would love to hear more as you go more.
GabrielleSeptember 16, 2019 at 4:03 pm
I love your mention of how you were looking forward to the session; that’s truly the sign of enjoying the process! Funnily enough, this is something I’ve always been curious about and so your blog post has been super helpful 🙂
Atsuna MatsuiSeptember 16, 2019 at 9:28 pm
I definitely have done acupuncture as well in the past when I was sick and it was truly quick and painless. I also really enjoy cupping when I’m sick as well!! It’s such a therapeutic experience.
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Grace LouiseSeptember 17, 2019 at 10:45 am
Aw wow this all sounds so amazing – I’ve always been so curious about this!! Have a lovely week Hun x
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MercySeptember 19, 2019 at 1:01 am
You featured acupuncture session really nicely but I’m still scared to try it. Hubby had it and he said it’s painless too, maybe I’ll give it a go next time.
KaraSeptember 19, 2019 at 4:30 pm
This was really interesting to read! I have never gone for acupuncture before but my Mom goes about once a month and she swears by it. It’s good that it helped a bit. And that sounds like a lovely place! I love that they give you something to listen to and a cup of tea. I feel relaxed just looking at the photos of the place haha x
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RadiSeptember 21, 2019 at 2:17 am
I went once and it really did me so good. It totally helped and made a difference!
MicaSeptember 21, 2019 at 7:08 pm
Oh I didn’t know acupuncture helped with eczema, I should look into that next time I have a flare-up! I have used acupuncture in the past, it’s great in pregnancy to help get you ready for labour – the midwives at the hospital were so amazed how quick my birth was for a first timer, it’s the first thing they said after a shift change, haha!
Hope that you are having a great weekend 🙂
SakurankoSeptember 22, 2019 at 1:09 pm
Oh I would like to try this for my headaches and neckache
Jean Michelle OcceñaSeptember 24, 2019 at 10:52 pm
Hi, great content here!
I’ve been curious with Acupuncture ever since. Most of the time I am afraid, but after you mentioned going back for session I can surmise it’s relaxing. I have skin condition too, it’s called seborrheic dermatitis and I’ve been looking for treatment but I guess it all depends on the food I eat. I had to stay away from dairy foods which I have a hard time lol. We better take care of our selves and mind what we eat.
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Amy AedSeptember 30, 2019 at 12:17 pm
Acupuncture is something I have always wanted to try – and after reading this, I think I might just give it a go.
Have a great week 🙂
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Carrie @ Curly Crafty MomOctober 5, 2019 at 12:29 pm
What a beautiful place. I love that wall with the air plants/succulents. I would be afraid to try this, but I think I’d try it at least once and see if I liked it.
Christine KongOctober 5, 2019 at 1:11 pm
Sorry to hear it wasn’t the best experience for you. I’ve only gone twice to help some back pain years ago and it actually did help me. I’ve heard great things about acupuncture so maybe give it another try?
frankie bridgerOctober 5, 2019 at 5:23 pm
this was really interesting
Allie MackinOctober 5, 2019 at 7:09 pm
I find acupunture to be hit or miss. I think for it to be effective you would have to get it done on the daily. I have gone and felt immediately calm kind of like laughing gas at the dentist. Which is cool. But for long term health problems you I think you would need it it on the daily.
SophOctober 6, 2019 at 8:27 am
I’ve not tried acupuncture before but you’ve made it sound a lot less scary than I thought it was. It sounds like the first session was particularly helpful and I can get quite moody/down at this time of year so I’m wondering if it’s worth giving it a go if I can find somewhere affordable locally!
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Julie | This Main Line LifeOctober 6, 2019 at 9:23 am
I’d love to try it some time. A friend of mine went for a while to help with a particular medical issue (can’t remember what it was), but she said she’d never in her life felt so thoroughly relaxed as she did after those sessions.
Rowena @ rolala lovesOctober 6, 2019 at 11:14 am
I’m so glad to hear that acupuncture has helped you and it sounds like WTHN makes the treatments a lot more accessible to people. I believe in the power of acupuncture. It was the only thing that helped me when I had pretty severe vertigo and tinnitus and I also got treatments to help my ankle recover from injury. I still see my doctor every month or so for maintenance treatments. I love my doctor and am fortunate that acupuncture is covered by our insurance.
Audrey | Brunch at Audrey'sOctober 7, 2019 at 2:54 am
I did acupuncture a few times in high school! At the time I was living in Beijing, so it was really easy to find an acupuncturist. Whenever I went, it was always for a quick fix for a pulled muscle (thanks to me being a bit competitive and overzealous rock climbing in PE class) before an upcoming swim meet.
Getting the acupuncture needles stuck in me didn’t make me that nervous, but waiting around with the needle stuck in me made me nervous haha. I was so anxious about accidentally dislodging the needles, even though I probably didn’t need to be.
Glad to hear that acupuncture worked for your physical injuries as well! Too bad it wasn’t as effective for stress/eczema/sleep 🙁 I also have trouble sleeping and get headaches often. -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s
GemmaOctober 7, 2019 at 11:25 am
Sounds like it’s working great for you! Have a lovely week.
Monika HudováOctober 7, 2019 at 8:19 pm
This sounds really interesting for me, thank you so much for sharing!
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AshleyOctober 8, 2019 at 10:28 am
It’s amazing all the issues acupuncture can address (either quickly or over time). I want to try it!
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NinaOctober 9, 2019 at 5:46 am
Thanks for sharing your experience!!
Have a nice day! xx
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juliettsstyleglamOctober 9, 2019 at 3:51 pm
I have never tried acupuncture but there’s been a lot of positive things said about it. I’m glad for you and this experience and glad for you that it’s working.
April CheungOctober 10, 2019 at 12:37 pm
Cool to hear your experience! I’m like terrified of trying acupuncture haha, but I’ve heard it helps with migraines, cramps, etc.
ClaudineOctober 11, 2019 at 10:58 pm
My brother used to perform acupuncture on me when I was younger – he’d use it to help me relieve my period pains. It did work! I don’t have period pains as bad as those anymore so I no longer need acupuncture sessions, but now that I’m reading your experience, I think it would be nice to try it out for other aspects of my health as well! 🙂
LoganOctober 12, 2019 at 10:09 pm
I’ve wanted to try acupuncture for the longest time! I also have occasional eczema so I’m curious to see if it would help me as well.
NancyOctober 13, 2019 at 12:14 am
Acupuncture works wonders – it’s crazy! I am sorry that you had an injury from running. It is good that you overcame your initial fear of needles and went with it. Oooh, I didn’t know that this would help with eczema too. It is interesting to see how they find the pin points. Glad the sessions have worked out for you overall!
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KingaOctober 13, 2019 at 6:24 am
Interesting experience ♥
JeanneOctober 17, 2019 at 12:56 am
Oooohh I’ll have to try acupuncture one of these days!
Sarah RizagaOctober 17, 2019 at 6:18 am
I always wanted to try acupuncture because I’ve heard so many positive reviews about it but the needles just looks really scary.
I’m sorry that it wasn’t what you hoped for. Thank you for sharing your experience!
Lovely AmusanOctober 21, 2019 at 10:16 am
I have never tried it, but have positive feedback from people. Love to hear more on how you get on with it.
AlyssaOctober 24, 2019 at 8:19 am
Oh wow! That is really common here in Asia, but I am really afraid of trying acupuncture. But I do hear it has good benefits.
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JessicaOctober 30, 2019 at 10:12 am
Sounds really good. Great detailed review dear!
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MiaNovember 13, 2019 at 4:46 am
Really interesting post! I have never tried it but I know a lot of people who did and all them have good experiences. Thank you!
ÉliseOctober 29, 2020 at 10:34 am
this place is so cozy and fancy and calming!!
i’ve had experience with acupuncture once but that’s because i fell ill during my trip to china and despite my protest, my parents allowed their friend’s son who was an acupuncturist to, well, do his stuff. i don’t remember what he did but i remember the feeling of needles on my…wrist, i think? weird thing is, i prefer having my blood drawn than acupuncture haha and it’s not because i’m afraid of needles (i don’t have that fear)
anyway, i did recover but i don’t think it’s because of acupuncture? i think it’s because i took medicine haha i’m a firm believer in science and medicine so acupuncture is just what i believe in (same thing with chinese herbal treatments – i’m partial on this one. i personally think even if they do work, they work veeeery slowly). my parents, being as traditionally asian as they are (lol), believe in acupuncture though and my mom actually finds it relaxing.
but hey, it’s nice to know that acupuncture works for you!