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I went to acupuncture for 4 weeks

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.

The nice cozy waiting area

Week 1

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.

They offer complimentary tee as well as some interesting books while you wait

Week 2

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.

A vanity with testers of all the items they sell

Week 3

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.

A glimpse of the cubicle

Week 4

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?

35 Comments

  • Nina
    September 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.
    xo- Nina
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  • Gabrielle
    September 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 🙂

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  • Atsuna Matsui
    September 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 Louise
    September 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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  • Mercy
    September 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.

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  • Kara
    September 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

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net

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  • Radi
    September 21, 2019 at 2:17 am

    I went once and it really did me so good. It totally helped and made a difference!

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  • Mica
    September 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 🙂

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  • Sakuranko
    September 22, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Oh I would like to try this for my headaches and neckache
    xx

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  • Jean Michelle Occeña
    September 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.

    xoxo,
    Jean

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  • Amy Aed
    September 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 🙂
    Amy x Wandering Everywhere

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  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    October 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.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  • Christine Kong
    October 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?

    xoxo,
    Christine
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  • frankie bridger
    October 5, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    this was really interesting

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  • Allie Mackin
    October 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.

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  • Soph
    October 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!
    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

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  • Julie | This Main Line Life
    October 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.

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  • Rowena @ rolala loves
    October 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.

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  • Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's
    October 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

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  • Gemma
    October 7, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Sounds like it’s working great for you! Have a lovely week.

    Gemma x
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  • Monika Hudová
    October 7, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    This sounds really interesting for me, thank you so much for sharing!

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  • Ashley
    October 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!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  • Nina
    October 9, 2019 at 5:46 am

    Thanks for sharing your experience!!
    Have a nice day! xx

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  • juliettsstyleglam
    October 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.

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  • April Cheung
    October 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.

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  • Claudine
    October 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! 🙂

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  • Logan
    October 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.

    xo Logan
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  • Nancy
    October 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!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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  • Kinga
    October 13, 2019 at 6:24 am

    Interesting experience ♥

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  • Jeanne
    October 17, 2019 at 12:56 am

    Oooohh I’ll have to try acupuncture one of these days!

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  • Sarah Rizaga
    October 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!

    https://sarahrizaga.blogspot.com/

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  • Lovely Amusan
    October 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.

    Xoxo
    Lovely
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  • Alyssa
    October 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.

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

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  • Jessica
    October 30, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Sounds really good. Great detailed review dear!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  • Mia
    November 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!

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