Acupuncture business was booming throughout COVID pandemic


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- While the pandemic left many small businesses shuttered, one Chicago acupuncturist says business is booming.

Moon Rabbit Acupuncture opened in the West Loop last year, during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

"We also opened the week after the rioting was going on in Chicago, so we've had a very unique experience opening an in-person small business in Chicago," said founder Gudrun Snyder.

As COVID-19 continued to take both a physical and emotional toll on people, many turned to the thousand-year-old treatment.

"So many people were so stressed out, having difficulty sleeping, developing headaches, aside from not getting COVID," Snyder said. "But then people who had gotten COVID were having these lingering symptoms, whether it's shortness of breath, aches and pains in their joints, fatigue and acupuncture safely and effectively can treat those sorts of things."

Snyder also attributed the surge in clientele to COVID closures across the city.

Instead of going out to brunch on the weekends, people came to Moon Rabbit and got acupuncture to give them a wellness boost.

With Chicago and the state now fully reopened, Snyder isn't sure what post-pandemic business will look like.

"I just hope that people continue to try keeping up with their health even though now things feel a little bit better, people are letting their guards down more, I think it's just as important if not more so, to make sure that we stay well," she said.