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What It’s Like to Try Acupuncture in Singapore
On a recent trip to Singapore, I decided to try acupuncture.
When in Singapore, why not immerse yourself into a little local culture?! This beautiful city-state is full of juxtapositions– one of the most notable being it’s melding of the ancient and modern. You can see it in their renowned street food scene, where you’ll find traditional dishes like laksa soup, chili crab and durian ice cream made with a bit of hipster flair (think sous vide pork belly or durian ice cream made with liquid nitrogen– wow!). It’s truly an eater’s paradise, especially if you prefer casual grub to fancy restaurants.
While I find eating to be extremely fun, my experience with the old meeting the new happened in an Singaporean acupuncture clinic. I’d imagined an incense-filled room with ancient tapestries hanging from the walls. What I got was quite a bit more modern– a sleek, contemporary office that was absolutely spotless. Of course, that last part wasn’t surprising. Everything is spotless in Singapore.
I was pretty anxious to try acupuncture for the first time. My practitioner promised I wouldn’t feel a thing. That’s not exactly true, but the needles weren’t painful. (Though I didn’t love when they placed a few on the top of my head). I was feeling pretty darn proud of myself for taking this experience like a champ… and that’s when they offered to give me the more modern version of this ancient healing technique. Let’s just say I ended up feeling like a human car battery. It freaked me out a bit, but I lived to tell the tale.
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So Sam, when I was living in Saudi Arabia, I stilled smoked. Myself and two others decided to give acupuncture a try in an attempt to quit. I went first. They placed the needles in my ear lobes. When he turned on the electricity, I think my hair stood on end. It had been turned up high for the previous patient. My friends, I use the term loosely, both nearly fell to the floor laughing saying the look on my face was too funny. Needless to say, my acupuncture treatments ended that day.
Yeah I don’t understand why there are some people who use electricity with acupuncture… it would be nice if they would advertise that they did that. I don’t know of anyone who actually likes it, or has seen positive effects from it.
I don’t think I could ever do acupuncture. Just thinking about it gives me such anxiety that I don’t think I could ever sign up for it. Kudos to you for giving it a shot!
I tried acupunture while going through Chemo and experiencing. weakness in my legs. It was very calming . Also had a friend who was a practitioner do a treatment after arriving visit her all stuffed up from my flight and I did not develope a cold
Never heard of electricity being used with. Acupunture.