It’s odd that I’m so in love with acupuncture as a healing and wellness technique… After all, I hate needles.

As a child, I had allergies and asthma and shots were part of my regular routine. Ugh!

Now, acupuncture is one of my favorite techniques for relieving stress, reducing pain and maintaining overall health.

The “needles” are more like fine filaments and a skilled acupuncturist can prepare you for your session with a minimum of discomfort.

Among the oldest healing practices in the world, acupuncture is one of several traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) techniques. Other specialties, such as herbs, qi gong and tai chi, are included under the umbrella of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

How do you find a skilled acupuncturist? There are several directories that list acupuncturists. The Holistic Chamber of Commerce directory exclusively features reference-reviewed members (including acupuncturists) to ensure high quality and professional service levels.

Look for a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) and you may even want to ask where they were trained.

Some health insurance policies now cover acupuncture for treatment of certain conditions. Ask your insurance provider if they cover this specialty. Also, ask your acupuncturist if they accept insurance.

Whether you hate needles or not, if you are seeking a natural healing method that works, acupuncture is worth consideration and exploration.

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By Camille Leon, Founder of The Holistic Chamber of Commerce, an international organization representing holistically-minded professionals, practitioners, businesses and the products and services they offer. To learn more, visit or call 310-490-6862.