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Acupuncture: Quit Crying and Try It...Twice

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Around 1997, my mom came to visit me in Denver. We both hated needles to the Nth degree, but were curious about acupuncture as "alternative medicine." My first argument for both of us was that it's incomparably older than any medicine in the west. So we found an old Chinese guy who said he was brought to the United States
by Nixon himself and decided to give it a try.

I told him I was having neck and shoulder pain; I think my mom was having headaches. He took us into separate rooms, and asked us to lay down. He was extremely gentle, which I have found of all acupuncturists since that time. I told him I hated needles so he showed it to me. It was wrapped sterilely, and thin-as-a-hair when he took it out. He laid me on my side, and worked quickly, plinking in seven needles from my neck down to my forearm. When he put one close to my elbow, I experienced something strange in my next breath. He told me to hold still and relax deeply. I giggled for the next 20-minutes, laughing at the site of needles in my skin (I really hated needles).

After he took them out, I felt better. So did Mom. We went back for a second treatment (understand that it takes at least two), and my neck pain was gone for at least two months. You can do it too. It's SO worth it. They can even give you needles for weight loss.

While some western researchers acclaim its effectiveness for some ailments, others claim it's just the placebo effect. "Chi" energy has not been reconciled with western medicine, and there is no supporting evidence of the "meridians" or channels in which the chi flows.

But if you skip a meal, you feel less energy. If work hard all day, you know you have expended energy because you have little left. Conversely, if you feel excited about something, you feel a high level of energy.

Also, everyone knows that brain waves are pulses of electrical energy. Muscle motor units fire when the brain sends electrical impulses along sodium chains in the body. Our blood contains iron, which is conductive. We have a measurable electromagnetic charge.

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YAY for you, Diane !
I was trying to think of a way to say that
it just can't be a placebo...
but you nailed it with the dog treatment.
I forgot that some vets do that.
Great comment !

March 9, 2010 - 10:34am

For those who think acupuncture may be just a placebo affect, I need to differ. I found this out while getting treatment not for myself, but my very arthritic dog.

This was an older collie who was stiff and had noticeable arthritis. We had given him the standard medications given for such ailments and they had some effect, but not as much as we'd hoped. When even they stopped working, we sought other possibilities.

At the suggestion of our vet, we went to another vet who also practiced holistic veterinary medicine. She examined him and thought that acupuncture would help. We went weekly for a short time, and then were able to spread the appointments out to where we were just going once a month. The dog was more flexible, more limber, more playful and, most noticeable of all, not stiff or limping.

My dog didn't know that this treatment might help his arthritis. He just knew that he limped less. That did away with the "placebo effect" for me! We took him to acupuncture on and off for the rest of his life, and I'm convinced his life was both longer and more pleasurable because of it. He might have been "just a dog" to some, but to us he was a family member. And, more importantly, he showed me the truth about acupuncture. It worked.

March 9, 2010 - 9:44am
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Acupuncture has been around for a very long time...and for good reason....modern medicine does not understand all that acupuncture provides

Acupuncture Chester Cheshire

March 8, 2010 - 12:36pm
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