It’s crazy to think that I’ve been having acupuncture for years. It was way back in 2016 where I had my first experience with acupuncture and since then it’s become something that I love and look forward to.
It’s changed my life.
I think the best place to start my story is back in 2015. About halfway through I had glandular fever and then a chest infection over a period of three weeks. Afterward, things started going downhill. I started having daily headaches, weekly migraines, and pretty bad fatigue.
I’d catch the bus to school only to stay around five minutes before heading to the sick room. It was hard and I struggled to stay the whole day.
And nobody was telling me what was going on, what was wrong with me.
I hit an all-time low.
It continued into 2016, but what changed then is that mum took me to a naturopath and an acupuncturist. I was then told that my headaches, migraines, and fatigue were “after effects” of glandular fever.
The first acupuncture appointment I had I was nervous, mostly unsure of what to expect. I remember filling out the form and stating that I was wanting acupuncture to stop my headaches and fatigue. I just wanted to get better and to be full of energy like I once was.
I must admit, the next few months are a blur and I can’t remember much about them, except that my body was recovering. I stopped seeing my naturopath and I fully believe that it was acupuncture that kickstarted my road to recovery and continues to aid in my wellbeing.
Acupuncture introduced me to self-care and started my whole health and fitness/wellbeing journey.
I still get acupuncture monthly and I look forward to it. I love the relationship I’ve built up with my acupuncturist – we talk about uni and how life is going while she finds the best points to stick the needles in.
The rooms haven’t changed. The calming music, the glow of the salt lamp, the noise of the air-con, the warmth of the heat lamp. All familiar to me. I find myself drifting in and out of consciousness. It’s relaxing.
Now that my headaches and fatigue have pretty much disappeared we focus on my left upper body. There’s something wrong with my left shoulder and I find acupuncture helps. My left side is also always tighter than my right. If I’m having a bad month of headaches or my fatigue is running me down we focus on them. Or if I’m recovering from a cold or my asthma is affecting me we’ll often incorporate cupping.
My experience with acupuncture is nothing but positive. I always come out feeling better and more relaxed than when I walked in.
For a university assignment, we had to interview someone and I chose to interview my acupuncturist, Petra. I thought it would be great to include the interview in this blog post so you could learn a little bit more about acupuncture.
Also, I want to apologise for the quality of the audio as I have had to condense the size in order to upload it.
What are your thoughts on acupuncture? Have you had it before? Would you like to try it out?