If you’re curious about trying acupuncture but wary of the needles, watch this video. Julia of Aculife in La Jolla and I talk about the needles, how they’re different than what you might think, how she decides where to put them, and more. Having had lots of acupuncture, I also learned a few things I didn’t already know.

I admit that once I had an acupuncturist that was, let’s just say, aggressive. The person behind the needle does matter. Julia is very gentle, in fact, she massages the points a little bit after the needles are removed to move the chi around.

And, don’t forget that she offers facial acupuncture. What’s that, you ask? Julia inserts very, very tiny needles into your wrinkles to stimulate collagen. The wrinkles will disappear or improve, depending on how severe they are. More on this later.

Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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  1. I’ve had a negative acunpuncture experience and have been reconsidering giving it a try again. Your post and video have given me the courage to try again.

    1. Oh good Rona! I too have had negative experience but totally think it’s worth pursuing until you find someone you’re comfortable with. Thanks so much for your feedback!

  2. Hi,

    I had tried acupuncture on my ears in hope of loosing some weight. They put a couple tiny needles in my earlobes and they covered them with small stickers. This procedure was done every week for a couple of months time.

    – no pain but rather uncomfortable sleaping at night
    – instead of loosing weight, I actually gained like 3 kgs!!!

    Maybe it works out differently for other people, but for me, no more acupuncture at least 🙂

    1. Hi!

      This is Julia from the segment 🙂 Auricular (ear) acupuncture is often used for weight loss, smoking cessation, and chemical dependency, among many things like pain, anxiety, insomnia etc.

      As far as weight loss goes, the acupuncture points are meant to help with cravings, feelings of anxiety/stress surrounding dieting, and overall balance of all the systems in your body. When all systems are balanced; metabolism, digestion, mood, and sleep all improve…which keeps you on track with your weight loss goals. It doesn’t, however, make you burn fat faster or eliminate the need for exercise and a healthy diet. I have found it to be a great adjunct to my patients current weight loss program.

      I hope you give acupuncture a try again and let me know if you have any other comments/questions! 🙂

      Best in health,

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