When I lived in California, being an acupuncturist was not a conversation starter (there are over 10,000 acupuncturists in that state alone, and everyone appeared to have their own practitioner).

What do you do? They would ask. Acupuncture, I would reply. Oh great!, they would say.

End of story.

When I moved to Columbus Ohio four years ago, the conversation was more like this:

Person: What do you do?

Me: I am an acupuncturist.

Person: Wow… I have always wanted to try acupuncture.

Me: You should!

Person: But, does it hurt?

Me: No, is that why you have not given it a try?

Person: Well… (the conversation goes on from here; content varies depending on the person’s relationship with sharp objects).

So, my friends, I am here to tell you in person that you should give acupuncture a try despite your needle-phobia.

In my 12 years of practice, I have given many first timers, needle haters, alternative medicine pessimists, acupuncture treatments. Ninety-nine percent of those people were pleasantly surprised that the needles didn’t bother them. Ninety-nine point five of those people returned for follow up visits. And almost one hundred percent of them enjoyed and benefited from their acupuncture treatments.

Needles can be scary, I know. If I could rename them, I would.

You have to remember that the sole purpose of the tiny acupuncture device is to help you feel better. It is to stimulate your life force (known as Qi) to be re-directed and to encourage the body to heal itself. Sensations can be felt, yes, but very few people would call in pain.

You have to also know that my sole
purpose as your practitioner is to make you feel better, in the most comfortable way possible. Most of my patients enjoy their nap during the treatments, and wake up refreshed, and pain-free.

If you would like to have a conversation such as the one posted above with me, I will be happy to engage! Send me your questions, share with me your concerns. I have a feeling that one day in the near future, Ohio will become a bit like California and being an acupuncturist will receive the response: Oh Great!

In good health,