With everything that’s been going on in the past few months, I decided that it was time for a change. While I’m still a Western medicine girl, born and bred, I decided to step outside the box and give acupuncture a try. Why? Because my conversation with the acupuncturist was the first one of the year in which someone actually suggested that we figure out root causes rather than medicating for symptoms. That was enough for me to try.
You should probably know that I already believe in acupuncture. When I was 17, my father was hit by a car while walking through a parking lot. Our initial relief at his lack of serious injury was quickly replaced by the stress that came with chronic pain and arm numbness from soft tissue damage. After trying numerous techniques for pain relief, he went to an acupuncturist near Philly. While he wasn’t able to make a dent in the pain, acupuncture rerouted the energy past the scar tissue and re-established feeling in his hand and arm. It was amazing stuff, and definitely made me a believer in the method, even if I don’t fully understand the mechanism behind it.
I went to my first session last Tuesday — two hours of talking, a nice back massage, and six strategically placed needles — it’s been determined that my yin and yang are out of whack. Oh sure, it all sounds hokey, but I have to tell you that after my session where the massage gently realigned my back and the needles improved my energy flow, I felt incredibly relaxed, to the point where I could have easily fallen asleep on the exam table. I’m willing to give it a few more visits before I make my final assessment as to whether or not there’s any benefit for me personally.
Have you tried acupuncture? What did you think?