Needles. Many are petrified of them, drawing up visions of their childhood pediatrician charging at them with big scary flu shot or crackheads on the sidewalk.

Yet many think about needles and a sense of calm settles in their soul. After my first acupuncture session last week at NY’s Giving Nature Center, my thoughts stand firmly with the latter. Beyond my perception of needles, I’ve become a believer in this ancient healing tradition and look forward to sharing this experience, and all its benefits, with you.

Acupuncture is a form of natural healing that’s been around for over 2,500 years. The World Health Organization advocates the use of acupuncture to treat over 40 conditions, from anxiety and other stress syndromes to musculoskeletal pain and injury. Treatment with acupuncture involves the insertion of hair-like needles into specific points along pathways of energy flow known as “meridians.” The stimulation of these selected treatment points reestablishes balance in the body to restore function and relieve discomfort and pain.

I walked into my acupuncture session with a headache and slight lower back discomfort, and left feeling neither. Did the needles hurt? Not at all. Some I couldn’t even feel, others I noticed a bit of pulsating pressure surrounding the needle. I’m sure they were only doing their job.

Today at 12 noon EDT I had an acupuncture Facial at Asia Tui-Na Holistic Health and Traditional Chinese Medical Center in New York City. Our apologies that we were unable to do the live-stream as planned due to firewall restrictions. However we were able to film it with actual video, so we’ll have that up as soon as we can edit. Thanks for your understanding, and sorry again! We owe you a live acupuncture session.

ACUPUNCTURE FACIAL RECAP:

First of all, contrary to popular belief it was completely ouchless. Inserting the needles is a very quick and easy process. Just a slight tap and it’s in. There’s nothing in them–no liquids or medications–the needle alone does the trick.

My acupuncturist Dr. Yun Li explained a lot about Yin and Yang, which can be summarized in short: Acupuncture helps balance and move you from yang (weakness and imbalance) to yin (normal). After checking my pulse (weak) and tongue (puffy and pale, which also indicates weakness) it was confirmed that balance was needed. I’m sure it looked something like this:

After a few more needles in my legs and feet, I laid there resting for 30 minutes in silence. Dr. Li finally came back, removed the needles as nonchalantly as one would remove a needle from a tomato shaped pin cushion.

I showed the owner of the spa this photo afterwards and she said: “You shouldn’t be smiling! You should be relaxing.” Oops. Regardless, my face felt immediately firmer afterwards… and looked it too. After a brief loopy moment sitting up, my face and body now feel a new burst of circulation. To think those meticulously placed hair-like needles could have the same firming and wrinkle-reducing effects as your normal facial is amazing.

The “holes” have “closed,” but a cool energy is still present where the needles were placed earlier. Pin me up again soon–I’m a believer! Read more about Asia Tui-Na and their very well-priced acupuncture packages HERE.

Also, check out our deals page for acupuncture deals from Green Tea spa in NYC this July.

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