Frankly, I had never ever really seen a black person get Acupuncture or even talk about possibly getting Acupuncture. I would see movies and/or pictures of the process and just always found it to be intriguing. It was not until I began struggling with Anxiety issues at the beginning of the year that I began to ponder, what if? I had always heard that many people, usually white people in the United States anyway, found it be helpful in treating Depression and Anxiety.
According to WebMD:
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for centuries. It’s based on the theory that energy, called chi (say “chee”), flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians.
Acupuncture is done by putting very thin needles into your skin at certain points on your body. This is done to influence the energy flow. Sometimes heat, pressure, or mild electrical current is used along with needles.
So, when I began struggling with my own Anxiety and inflammation issues I thought that it couldn’t hurt. As of today, I’ve only had two sessions. I was extremely nervous during my first session, because I had nothing to compare it to. I didn’t know if it would hurt or what the sensation would be. I knew no one who could give me a heads up about anything, and all I had to go on were internet reviews.
The Low Down: If anyone tells you that it doesn’t hurt. They are lying. In the thinner skinned sections of the body like your feet, wrists, ears, arms, and etc you definitely feel the pin pricks. It is not unbearable, but you may say “ouch” out loud or flinch. Overall, after only two sessions, I can say that I see slight differences in mood and the issues that I was having with inflammation in my lower extremities. I might also add that I do see a Therapist on a regular basis as well as my Primary Care Physician. I use all the resources available to me. I encourage everyone to do the same.
Pricing: I go to an Eastern Medicine facility and without insurance a session is about $125. They do private and community sessions where there are other people in the room receiving Acupuncture as well. I think what most people will find surprising is that Acupuncture is often covered by insurance. I pay a $35 co pay for my sessions and will begin going regularly every two weeks.
I am a strong advocate for people of color, especially black people, to seek out alternative forms of therapy for their health and mental ailments along with Western medicine if needed. There are so many resources available to us. I encourage exploration and research.