What is Acupuncture used for and does it really work?
Finding alternatives to traditional medicine can be labor intensive if you do not know what you are looking for. Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years before 100bc and used by the ancient Chinese with great success. It is a great alternative.
I was first introduced to Acupuncture when I gave a class on Emotional Freedom Techniques at the Integrative School of Medicine. They offered me a free session if I would let the students watch. This I was contemplating but did not want to be poked with a load of needles.
One of the class members booked a private session with me and after her session, I mentioned to her that I was having horrible pains in my chest and was worried I was having a heart attack. At the time I was going through a messy divorce!!! She convinced me to have Acupuncture with the top Chinese Doctor at the school. I reluctantly agreed……
My experience was amazing, to say the least. I was very fearful when I went in but he put me at ease and I began to relax. I did not feel the needles go into my body, face, head, hands and feet at all. BUT when he said he was going to leave me for 20 minutes the fear came back again. What if I moved and the needles broke, all silly thoughts going through my head. He gave me a switch attached to a buzzer and said if I needed anything to press the switch and he would be right back.
I could feel the blocked energy in my chest move like a water bubble and leave my body and take the pain with it. Needless to say since that day almost 11 years ago I have not experienced that pain again. I was now adding Acupuncture to my healing modalities for myself.
How does it work?
The Doctor will look at your tongue, take your pulse and ask you a few questions. They will then determine which organs need assistance/unblocking. If you are a person who worries all the time they might think your spleen needs some help. They will then insert the needles to the acupressure point which also corresponds with the Meridian Line for the Spleen. Inserting the needles in the appropriate places will allow the blockage to clear and therefore release pain. There is also an emotional component to this, pain gets worse depending on your emotional state. Also certain foods and drinks will make pain worse.
Will it Relieve Pain?
In my opinion and with my personal experience my answer is yes. I had a back injury a few years ago and one of the things damaged was my nerve endings and circulation to my legs. Acupuncture along with cupping helped release the blockage so that my circulation could get to my legs. The pain I had was the worst I have ever felt (worse than giving birth). My Doctor put the needles in my right arm which helped the pain in my lower right back and leg.
I have referred many clients for acupuncture with great success. However the 20 mins you are left in the room by yourself, I advise focusing on releasing the pain and helping your body with the process. If you are going to lay there and worry about what is going on in your life or how much pain you are in then you slow the process down.
Some of the pains that can be helped with Acupuncture:
- neck pain
- post surgery pain
- period pain
- dental pain
Should you try it?
Absolutely – find a good reputable Doctor of Oriental Medicine – they can back things up with teas, herbs and soups to also help with the pain and the emotions. DO your research first and you will not, in my opinion, be disappointed. There are many Associations and Registries all over the world, look for one in your local area.
Acupuncture can also be used for facelifts, I have not tried this but my Doctor does administer this and has great results. Acupuncture is also very effect for pets, many vets will use this for pain relief and for stressful and nervous animals.
As always make sure you disclose any medications, supplements, and herbs you are taking to the Doctor.
Please leave comments or questions and I will answer and help in anyway I can.