Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese medicine involving placing needles gently under the skin on certain points for various reasons is an alternative medicine I have been wanting to try for a long time. It is not cheap so when I saw a Groupon offer for a Neal’s Yard Remedies 1 hour, 45 minute consultation and treatment, I didn’t need to think about it before buying. I love Neal’s Yard products so I bought one for my mum too.
I didn’t know what to expect. It was a hot sunny say in Cheltenham. I was warmly greeted by a sales lady in the Neal’s Yard store who directed me downstairs where my therapist Sarah would meet me. Neal’s Yard Remedies offer many treatments with a variety of massages so the treatment room was as you would expect with peaceful soft music and an aroma diffuser. Sarah was nice and friendly so instantly made me feel calm. She asked me about my medical history, diet and lifestyle. I told her about my past hip problems and emotional stress. I then got on the massage table where she looked at my tongue and told me that in Chinese medicine a lot about your health can be told just by looking at your tongue. I had a generally healthy, yet wet tongue which can indicate fluid retention.
Finally the treatment began. I laid on my front and had acupuncture needles applied to the back of my hip/upper thigh and lower spine for my hip ailments. It was completely pain free! Nothing at all like needles you get at the doctors. You hear a little tap but feel nothing. I then relaxed with the needles in place whilst we shared our travel experiences. After a while, Sarah removed the needles painlessly and I rolled onto my back for round two. This time needles were placed on my lower legs. This area is linked to the spleen and is used for general health and energy. She also applied some to my ankles.
I cannot honestly say that I felt any different after acupuncture but these kinds of treatments work differently for differently people. My mum had her treatment by Sarah a week later ad said she could still feel a tingly sensation where the needles were applied (different areas to me) and that she felt better. Like physiotherapy, I think I would need multiple sessions to gain the full benefits but I am very glad to be able to cross this off my bucketlist.
|Acupuncture needle placement chart|
Acupuncture is scientifically proven to work and even offered on the NHS. It is something everyone could benefit from, be it for physical or mental problems. It may not be able to cure you of ever illness, but it can definitely cure some and relieve symptoms of others. Since receiving my treatment I’ve done a bit more research on acupuncture and it can even be used to prevent scarring as it boosts your skins collegen. An ancient beauty treatment! Sarah said she has been raised with acupuncture, receiving it regularly since childhood. It was something she decided to focus from a young age and from the sounds of it, she has had a lot of training and even studied at a place in China with the acupuncture top dogs (top pandas?) If you ever get the opportunity to try it, do. It’s really quite interesting.
Have you ever had acupuncture? What do you think of Neal’s Yard Remedies?