When it comes to overall health, balance is what really matters. A balance between work + home, kale + pizza, workouts + relaxation, best friends + romantic partners, getting glam + staying in, Eastern + Western medicine… Get the drift? Let’s just call it LIFE BALANCE. Although Caitlin + Dani have most health bases covered, sometimes energy gets trapped and needs a little ZAP to get flowing. We have a great recommendation for holistic healing with this Chicago acupuncture practice. Life lesson: It’s always OK to enlist help when you need it!
It’s common for your energy to feel stagnant at times, to have a bit of neck or back pain (many of us sit hunched over a computer for hours on end), or even experience migraines. Dani recently found out about a gluten allergy, which means her intense love of sandwiches, burritos and pasta was actually the cause of a lot pain. With all that being said, the Dolls met Amy Wolf, the founder and owner of Herb + Ōhm around this same time – Ask the universe and you shall receive. Amy is a true healer and she has the education and knowledge to back it up. The Dolls have met a lot of healers but none with a touch like hers. If you live in Chicago or are planning a trip, she is worth the visit.
The acupuncture journey began…
Even though we may be very in tune with our bodies, you can feel the moment acupuncture needles enter certain areas on the body – the energy literally explodes inside. Amy refers to this energy feeling as Qi. Energy can get stopped up similar to a traffic jam, and when the needle is applied to certain pressure points, it helps move the traffic along creating more space for the energy to flow inside the body. In finding what works best for your own body there is Eastern Acu : Energy points on the body that stimulate energy in other areas of the body, ex: Points on your hand are directly correlated to your heart. Western Acu: Simply applying needles to the source of the pain– The dolls bodies and souls respond best to Eastern acupuncture methods.
If you have a fear of needles, don’t worry your pretty face! There are alternatives like moxibustion or Chinese cupping therapy.
All of these methods are in the video below:
After 6 treatments D feels amazing! Here’s her story: The headaches have subsided, range of motion in my neck is at it’s best, my gluten brain fog is gone and overall I’d use the word STRONG to describe how I’m feeling. Even if you are fearful of needles, we encourage you to try this at least one-time, it may actually help you overcome that fear, it really is painless. Your body starts to crave its benefits!
Right after having acupuncture it’s normal to be extra tired, like in bed by 8pm. The upside is that when you wake the next day, you can literally accomplish anything with full energy and a strong life force. Remember to drink a lot of water to keep things flowing!
Acupuncture is really complimenting our healthy lifestyle routine. For more info about Amy Wolf –Herb + Ōhm – check out her Facebook Page.
Beeb Ashcroft says
My energy is often stagnant because my brain gets used so much that my body is just like, “Can you chill out for a bit so everything can catch up??” haha
Robin Masshole Mommy says
I have always wanted to try acupuncture. I Have heard a lot of good things about it.
GiGi Eats says
I’ve heard acupuncture can be good for stomach ailments. Perhaps I should try since NOTHING else works! 🙁
Hi Gigi! You should totally reach out to Amy for a consult – you would be surprised by the healing elements. Amy may even be able to help you find a practitioner in your area. ?
This post was so interesting! I have never really looked into it so this was very informative!
Kayla | kaylablogs.com
Thanks, Kayla! We hope this inspires you. XO
Amber Nelson says
I would love to try acupuncture. I have never tried it before but have heard great things.
It’s wonderful! We hope this inspired you to try it. You should totally reach out to Amy via FB and ask for recommendations. Xoxo
I have always wanted to try accumpuncture, my mom has had great success with a bad back with it. But is it crazy that Im terrified of needles??
Wow. I dont ever think I could do that. I know it is so relaxing. I just hate needles… but I dont mind tattoos… lol.
What an interesting read! I don’t think I could ever do acupuncture!
Amanda Love says
When I was in the military acupuncture was my go to for my back pain. It really helped me. I haven’t tried the other methods but would love to see if they would work just as great.
Tiffany Khyla says
This post is so interesting! I’ve always been interested in acupuncture, but seeing pictures always freaks me out. I’m not too afraid of needles, but the thought of having them all in me at once…yikes! I actually think I’d really enjoy it if I gave it a try though!
Leah Herring says
My husband gets horrible headaches, I really think he would benefit from acupuncture. I don’t think I’d muster up the courage to do it myself though!
Hi Leah, You should totally look into this with your husband. If you don’t want to do the needles, you can try Moxi or Cupping. Reach out to Amy via Facebook and she can answer all of your questions! XO
Ana De- Jesus says
I would love to try acupuncture but unfortunately I can’t. I have a lot of chronic pain including my back but apparently there is not enough layer between skin and bone.
Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories says
Various people have been trying to get me to try acupuncture for my pain from Rheumatoid Arthritis. I still have not taken the plunge and it’s not really that I’m scared of needles. Not sure what is stopping me but it looks so relaxing.
I have never tried acupuncture but plan to some day! Anything that can add calmness into my life sounds great! haha
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Heather lawrence says
I have tried a more westernized version of acupuncture to help my hands.
It worked for a bit but the thought of needles in my neck makes me squeamish.
I stared a weight loss journey 2 years ago and lost 65 lbs the first year almost effortlessly. Everything just synced. Now for the last year, despite my efforts, I actually gained 5 lbs. I live in SE Wisconsin so I will check this out!!
HI Rachel, Congratulations on your weightloss journey! That is quite an accomplishment.
I tried acupuncture for my migraines and unfortunately it didn’t help 🙁 but I’ve heard that it’s worked wonders on a lot of people!
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I’ve always wondered about the efficiency of acupuncture! Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
I have always wanted to try this! But I am totally scared of it all haha. I may need to look into this now though after the stressful year I am having.
Hi Kristen, Sorry to hear you are having a stressful year. Keep your positive attitude and it will all turn around. XO
Dia All The Things I Do says
I really want to try this. I agree balance is key. It’s so easy to focus on your work goals and the needs of others but sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves.
Oh wow. I have a huge fear of needles so major props to you for doing this!!
Mindy Thompson says
Wow! Great post! I’ve never considered acupuncture, but now I’m off to do more research because i’m so interested! Xoxo Mindy
Hi Mindy, Thanks for getting in touch! You should reach out to Amy directly – She would be happy to answer all your questions. XO
I have never tried acupuncture, but I have heard really good things about it! I would be really interested in trying it!
Wow, the headaches stopped? Those are amazing results. I have always been too scared to try acupuncture but might have to rethink that after reading this.
Hi Vicky, You said it! The results are amazing. So glad this inspired you to try acupuncture. XO
I have heard that acupuncture is very useful and can help in a lot of cases, I have never really had need for it (and i’m too much of a wimp to pluck up the courage to go :p)
Hi Charlotte, Thanks for stopping by the Dollhouse! We like the mantra, do one thing each day that scares you 🙂 XO
I have a serious health issue and an auto immune disease. So many have recommended I start acupuncture. You have convinced meto try it
Hi Eileen, Wow – you are a strong woman! We totally recommend reaching out to Amy for a consult. Check her out on Facebook and open a dialogue. Wishing you all the best. XO
I have a serious health issue and an autoimmune disease. I have been told to try acupunture. You have convinced me to try it
I’ve always been curious about acupuncture. I know people who have done it and swear by it. Good to know that you had excellent results and feel like a new person afterwards! Would be great to get rid of brain fog!
Karen | GlamKaren.com
Jordyn Sifferman says
I have always been interested in acupuncture! I’ve heard so many positive comments!
Hi Jordyn! You should definitely check this out. Let us know if you have any questions – we hope this post inspired you. XO
Anne Dofelmier says
I am a huge fan of acupuncture. It cured my reoccurring knee problem.
That’s amazing! Thanks so much for sharing, Anne. XO
laura londergan says
I have never tried this and not sure I could as I have a phobia with needles! It’s too bad as well as I have heard it does a lot of good for people and their ailments. 😉
Rose Sahetapy says
I’m not that brave enough to deal with needless. I’ve heard accupunture help you being relax, and help to relieving pain. Your review make me believe that.
I have always wanted to try acupuncture. I have a friend who swears by it. But, I haven’t gone for it yet, maybe I need to start making my health a priority.
Nikka Shae says
I tried this a long time ago to help me loose weight. It was interesting as a lost a little bit of weight, but I didn’t keep it up.
Interesting post. I’ve never been brave enough to try it, but you may have changed my mind 🙂
Thanks, Jena! You can also try methods like moxi that don’t use needles. Check out the video!
Monica Benavidez says
We don’t have many acupuncture centers around South Texas, unfortunately. I definitely do think there is science behind it and would love to try it someday for my persistent migraines. Great post!
Hi Monica, Sorry to hear you have consistent migraines – the worst! You can always try some yoga too. Getting upside down really helps.
I’ve never had acupuncture before. I’ve heard very little about it, but it sure sounds like a treatment that does so much for our bodies.
It really does. Thanks so much for stopping by the Dollhouse!
Logan Can says
I am terrified of needles so I’m not sure if I could ever try acupuncture, but I know so many people that swear by it!
I’m terrified of needles, but acupuncture has saved my life! I have a deviated septum and suffer from immeasurable pain from swollen sinuses. Acupuncture does the trick almost every time!
I used to get terrible migraines (fortunately went away with menopause), and I tried acupuncture for them. It did seem to help cut down on the frequency, for which I was profoundly grateful. Thanks for an informative article.
Julie @ Girl on the Move says
I’ve never tried acupuncture but this has me intrigued…although needles do scare me a little bit! But I would imagine there would be some great benefits for me as a runner!
It’s really not that bad 🙂
I have always wanted to try acupuncture. I know people that have tried it and loved it..
We hope this inspired you! Thanks, Willow.
Danielle | Twenty Dollar Date says
I have wanted to try acupuncture for a while — but it looked so scary! Your video made me feel a bit less intimidated about the whole needles in my face situation. Thanks!
Definitely an eye opening read! I think I would be too scared for this.
Blythe A. says
I’ve been curious about trying acupuncture for years. The whole needle thing does freak me out a bit, but the benefits seem worth it. Maybe I’ll put on my big girl pants and give it a try soon.
Interesting post! I don’t really know much about acupuncture, this article definitely provided me with a better understanding of it. I’m not sure if I would try it, all the needles would make me nervous.
I love acupuncture. And smells, scented oils and the like. It all helps me relax and come back with more energy than before.
I have never done myself but everyone that has loves it. I just don’t have the guts to.
Kristine | My Little Box of Tricks says
I’ve always been very skeptical of the benefits of acupuncture, but my mom has always loved it.
You’ll never know until you try 😉
Julie @ Girl on the Move says
Needles have always scared me…you should see me when they have to take my blood! However it sounds like there are some really great benefits so I might just need to get over my fear of needles!
Do one thing a day that scares you, right?!
I enjoyed reading your article. I’ve used acupuncture for my severe allergies. It took about 3 sessions before I started seeing improvement and about 10 sessions later, I just don’t have allergies any longer. Thanks for sharing your experience.
Hi Carol, That is such wonderful progress! We love hearing this. XO
I used to get acupuncture fairly often and I loved it. Now after reading this I’m wanting to get back to it!
Thanks, Michelle! We’re so happy to have inspired you. XO
I have never tried acupuncture before, but I have always been intrigued by the positive results that I have heard of. Balance is important.
I’ve always been equal parts fascinated by and terrified of acupuncture! It seems kind of counterintuitive, that pushing needles through your skin would be good for your body. But I’ve literally heard nothing but good things from people who have tried it! Might be time to bite the bullet and give it a shot!
Jennifer L | Modern Chic says
I’ve been wanting to give accupunture a go as many of my friends have had some real good results from it.
jill conyers says
Acupuncture is something I’ve always wanted to know more about. It’s a hard concept to imagine.
Bree Hogan says
Acupuncture is my weekly go-to treatment to help me maintain balance and manage my chronic illness. I don’t know where I’d be without the support of my Acupuncturist, aka my management gal. Great article!
I have been wanting to try out acupuncture, but we don’t have a place around here that offers it. I have friends who get it and love it.
It’s really wonderful! We definitely recommend it when you have the chance. XO
My mom used to get acupuncture treatments frequently when I was younger and they helped her so much! Interesting to learn what y’all thought of the process! 🙂
I have always wanted to try acupuncture! I have always been scared of it though not sure why but I hear it’s really wonderful.
Angie Scheie says
I really like acupuncture and have been doing it for about a year for infertility. I find it relaxing and almost always fall asleep!
Hi Angie, that’s amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with us. Best of luck with everything. XO
oh my gosh, props to you. Needles terrify me and I could never do this!
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Emily @ Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt says
I think acupuncture is so interesting. I’d love to try it out but I think the needles would totally freak me out!
karissa Ancell says
My mom tried acupuncture and it helped her headaches. I’m so scared of needles I have no desire to try it.
Hi Karissa, We get it! There are some other homeopathic techniques that don’t use needles too. Check out the video!
Seersucker Sass says
Oh wow! I’ve never really considered acupuncture, but this post has inspired me to look into opportunities to have acupuncture where I live. Thank you!
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If only I was brave enough! I have heard many great things about this!
Elana Gross says
I’m a little nervous, but I really want to try acupuncture. This may be the last push I need.
Hi Elana, Thanks so much for stopping by the Dollhouse! We hope this inspires you. XO
Sierra Bailey says
I love holistic treatments and I’m very interested in studying aromatherapy, so acupuncture is also right up my alley. Thanks for such an interesting read!
Hi Sierra, Thanks so much for stopping by the Dollhouse! We love the aromatherapy. Lavender is one of our favorite scents. What are some of your go-to’s?
I actually am so scared of needles but would do acupuncture! It seems like it would be super therapeutic and has so many holistic healing remedies.
There’s definitely other holistic treatments you can try! Check out the video to learn more about Moxi and Cupping.
I’ve heard a lot of good things about acupuncture. Maybe one day I will actually give it a try!
I have always been scared of needles, yet I’ve been intrigued by acupuncture for awhile. I know some people who’ve has tried and has done wonders for them, whether it was digestion issues and/or stress!
Thanks, Doll! There are a few methods you can try without needles too! XO
Jennifer Corter says
As someone living with chronic illness, I’ve heard acupuncture can help. I think the only problem is that I won’t be able to afford it, because I know my insurance won’t cover it. I do want to try it though.
Hi Jennifer, thanks for checking out this post. Acupuncture can work wonders – you can always check with your insurance to see if it’s covered. Some companies do cover this! Best of luck. XO
I’ve always wanted to try this!! Very cool.
Hannah from HMS Jewels
Thanks, Hannah! It’s really rewarding. XO
Hannah Adkins says
I’ve heard a lot about the benefits of acupuncture, but I have yet to try it for myself. I should sometime, it looks like it did a lot for you 🙂
It totally did! Check it out when you have a moment, Amy would love to answer any questions you have too. Check out her FB page 🙂
I have trouble dealing with a lack of energy but acupuncture is so scary to me!
Sara Laughed says
I’ve always been a little curious about acupuncture, but have brushed it off because it didn’t seem to have any scientific studies backing it up. It’s interesting that you’re experiencing results! I’ll take a second look and maybe give it a go!
Hi Sara! Yes – definitely check it out. You can totally message Amy on Facebook too. She would love to connect with you and answer questions.