So you want to try acupuncture? Someone you know has been going on and on about how fabulous it is and you're feeling the pressure.
Well thank goodness you found this article instead because I'm here to tell you 10 good reasons to NEVER try community acupuncture. Don't just take my word for it! There are plenty of people that agree with me as you will see throughout the article.
1. IT'S SUPER RELAXING
Stress is the huge thing we all deal with on a daily basis. Acupuncture puts our bodies into rest and recharge mode, meaning it's a super stress buster.
The more relaxed you are the better you are able to heal. We encourage napping for as long as you are able which is why we call our community treatments "acu-naps"
"I love this place! The community room is such a beautiful environment for deep relaxation and healing. All of the staff is great too. Highly recommend going here for regular Acu Naps" Maggie M
2. ACUPUNCTURE DOES AN EXTRAORDINARY JOB AT RELIEVING PAIN.
Pain is one of the main reasons people use acupuncture. This is because acupuncture does an extraordinary job at reducing inflammation - the number one cause of pain. The more acupuncture the lesser the pain.
"I went for acupuncture on Saturday and today, the next day, I realize that my body does not feel all the pain that I have mentioned in my registration forms." Jessica F
3. ACUPUNCTURE HAS BEEN SHOWN TO ENHANCE FERTILITY
Stress hormones like cortisol can lower fertility hormones such as progesterone. As we've already established acupuncture reduces stress. The lower your stress the more fertile you are.
"I've been going to acupuncture weekly for about a year in order to regain my fertility and am so happy and blessed to now be pregnant! I know that acupuncture greatly contributed to my stress reduction which helped in the process. Such a hidden gem!" Ashley Z
4. YOUR TREATMENTS ARE TAILORED SPECIFICALLY TO YOUR NEEDS
Just because you are being treated in a room with other folks doesn't mean everybody gets the same needles. Your acupuncturist checks in with you each time and uses pulse and tongue diagnoses to tailor your treatment specific to your issues.
"They needle to your specific needs (whether it's ongoing issues or an issue-of-the-day) and let you rest/sleep for as long as you want." Nami M
5. THE SIDE EFFECTS ARE VIRTUALLY NON-EXISTENT
Serious and continuing adverse effects from acupuncture treatment are very rare. When things do happen after a treatment, be they unusual headaches, a slight feeling of dizziness, extreme tiredness after the first session, and occasionally a significant emotional release, we take this as a very positive sign that the balance of the system is being restored. If you're new to acupuncture take it easy after your first treatment to allow your body to enjoy the rest and recharge mode we have triggered with our tiny needles.
6. NAPPING DURING THE DAY IMPROVES YOUR SLEEP AT NIGHT
Counter-intuitive but absolutely true. Acupuncture increases your body's production of melatonin and therefore stimulates longer sleep times.
"After my treatment my energy stayed up through all my activities, I slept well, and I truly feel balanced and ready to take on the work week." Micah P
7. COMMUNITY CLINICS CHARGE A FRACTION OF MORE CONVENTIONAL ACUPUNCTURE CLINICS
It is not uncommon to pay upward of $150 for an acupuncture treatment here in San Francisco. Our acu-naps in the community room cost only $25 (or $40 for first time patients)
One-on-one sessions are also available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays. Fridays and Saturdays for only $60 ($70 for first time patients)
"This is a brand-new modality for me. I've always wanted to try acupuncture but the price seems to be through the roof in most cases. My friend told me about this community style acupuncture for a great rate and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try it " Justin G
"They consider making the community a better place by providing accessible healthcare a part of the company's profits. Pretty neat, huh?" Elizabeth B
8. OUR ACUPUNCTURISTS ARE HIGHLY TRAINED
Training to become an acupuncturist takes 4 years - often longer than other health care modalities. At Tiny Needles our team of acupuncturists (acu-punks) have given over 56,000 treatments, treating an average of 250-300 people every week.
"I've been coming for almost 2 years now. I've gotten acupuncture and targeted acupuncture countless times by the core staff there. Each punk has the ability to care for you in just the way you need, be it allergies, depression, anxiety, focus or pulled muscles!
As I tell everyone I meet, "YOU HAVE TO GO!!!" - S T
9. TRADITIONAL CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE IS A POWERFUL ADDITION TO ACUPUNCTURE
The world’s oldest continuously practiced form of herbal medicine uses potent healing formulas to treat arthritis, fatigue, high cholesterol, insomnia, symptoms of menopause, PMS, migraines, asthma, stress and more. Add a community acupuncture treatment to your herbal consult for only $15.
10. COMMUNITY ROCKS
In our fast paced society it is easy to lose a connection with the people around you. A feeling of community is very powerful while loneliness leads to higher rates of mortality and morbidity.
"Being ill impacts much more than just a person's body - the isolation, hopelessness, lack of understanding from others and resulting depressed mood take a toll on your spirit and impede healing. Having the acceptance, understanding and encouragement in this community atmosphere (where you physically see you are not alone) has made a huge difference in my attitude towards my health issues and I can't thank them enough for creating this safe, hopeful space" Sara R
So if these reasons resonate with you please don't take any notice of the sarcasm I used when I titled this post. The title should probably read: 10 reasons why you absolutely HAVE TO try community acupuncture.
And did I mention - those needles are tiny! Nothing to be frightened of here!
Don't delay, book today. What's the worst thing that could happen?!