First of i'll start by saying i'm a pretty cynical person when it comes to alternative therapies etc like the next guy.
A couple of years ago I went on a stunning trip with my gf on a cruise across the med. Loved it. Anyway, shortly before this trip, I bruised my kneecap playing football (or 'soccer' as the US like to call it), and so walking was a little sore.
One day on the cruise when we are out at sea, I notice a sign near the pool area to the entrance of the spa that said 'acupuncture, free consultation'.
I didn't at this point know a single thing about acupuncture. My mind starting putting 2 and 2 together. COULD this reduce swelling in my knee? I am on vacation. Who cares, lets go see the acupuncture person, it's free to find out.
So i book an appointment and go check it out. The guy I saw basically said yes he could help (no surprises there), after a chat I agree to have some treatment. Then it dawned on me. Sh%$, I hate needles! What if I go all funny! I'd signed on the dotted line at this point and filled in a questionaire (got a bit carried away I guess) and next thing I know he's showing me the needles.
These needles are pretty tiny and thin if you compare them to an injection.
I was fine with them tbh and he also put a small electric current through them between needles which felt a bit funny. Anyway, after this treatment (which was only my swollen leg and my foot), not only did I feel a nice tingly sensation and a 'release' of swelling, I felt pretty... good?
Over the next few days the swelling went away big time.
I didn't have any further treatments since then until literally this week (so several years later).
This time it wasn't for a swollen knee, it was just essentially for well being. I've been pretty run down/ stressed at work recently so saw a local acupuncturist who asked me tons of questions and made lots of notes. I had my 1st treatment last night, felt really good.
Anyone else had treatment? You know what, I wouldn't be surprised AT ALL if it was say 50% placebo affect and 50% the treatment itself that makes you feel good. Apparently certain people are highly receptive to treatment compared to others. I also wouldn't be surprised if I get a load of replies telling me it's a load of spiritual bs and it's a con.
There HAS to be something in it though? Here in the UK it can be treated (for physical symptoms) on our national health service. Its been used in the far east for thousands of years.