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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

1st visit to the Acupuncturist

You are not imagining things... There are 17 needles sticking out of your flesh but you scarcely feel them. You are completely relaxed. You lay on a comfortable table, your head cushioned, your knees propped and soft music plays in the background. This doesn't look like what you would expect from a doctor's office. The walls are not white, the room is not sterile and there is a giant asian print on the wall above you. Do not be alarmed, you are in good hands!

My first trip to the acupuncturist was fantastic. I felt confident in his ability to help me almost right off the bat. After feeling the pulse in both my wrists he asked me if I had an accident recently. And yes, yes I did. He noted that I had blood blockages in certain areas of my body. He noted that my liver had too much blood and was being overworked. He was right. During the CT scan of my body they found lesions on my liver.

He had me lay down on the table nearby. Then he started placing the needles. I didn't even feel the first one go into my foot. He started the treatment for my blood blockages with 5 needles. I got one in each foot, one in each hand and one on my third eye center. He left me with those for a while and then came back to add more needles.

I got 4 needles in each lower leg/foot total. I got 4 near my pubic bone, one in my chest, one in my right hand, one in my left hand, one in my wrist and the one I mentioned on my forehead. I must have forgotten a few but I know I had 17 total. At times, I could actually feel the needles clearing blockages, especially on my right side. The doctor explained that the liver sits to the right. That actually explains a lot because I have been having more pain and stiffness in the muscles on my right and even the traditional medical community had noted the lesions on my liver.

When he adjusted the needles around my pubis I could already feel a difference. When he started I had a lot of pain and tension in that region but as the needles moved my blood, that pain faded. By the time he pulled out the needles I felt much better. He gave me a powder designed for my body and my symptoms and sent me home to return in two weeks.

Right now I feel great. He warned that I may experience some cramping my pelvis and some pain where I fractured my sternum a few months back as the blood begins to flow in these areas again but at the moment, I feel no pain. In fact, I feel the best I have in a really long time. Gone is my muscle fatigue. Gone is my joint pain. Gone is the vertigo and headaches. I am surprised. He didn't promise this. I may just be having a good day but I did an hour and a half of Ashtanga yoga this morning and normally I would be fatigued and achy. Instead, I just cleaned house for about two hours and I am full of energy. I am so excited. This just may really help me.

7 comments:

LISA EMRICH said...

Sounds like you had a good session.

Nina said...

I tried but I just couldn't relax with needles sticking out of me. :(

mdmhvonpa said...

Oh jeeze ... I am so needle-phobic I do not think I could even walk into a place like that without jumping out of my skin!

Denver Refashionista said...

It's funny you all should mention needle phobia... I don't take any injections but after the time I spent in the hospital, these needles are nothing. I couldn't even hardly feel them entering my skin. To each their own I guess...

Cara said...

Nadja,
SO pleased to hear you landed in Acu. It is wonderful and natural medicine, I've been going regularly for a couple years. In fact, if cost is a problem, you can try The Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine on York St. They offer sessions at their student clinic for $25 and it's 1.5 hours. There are some wonderful healers there, especially Kelly or Kayla. Furthermore, to really experience Chinese Medicine, check out the book "Mastering Miracles: The Healing Art of Qi Gong as Taught by a Master, Master Hong Liu. He is both a Western MD and Qi Gong Master. The book is definitely worth a read if you're serious about Chinese Medicine. The needles are actually stimulating your Qi flow, and the exercises of Qi Qong do the same and are considered a complement to Acu. Best of luck on this journey. Also, you can check out his website at www.home.qimaster.com.

Cara said...

Nadja,
SO pleased to hear you landed in Acu. It is wonderful and natural medicine, I've been going regularly for a couple years. In fact, if cost is a problem, you can try The Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine on York St. They offer sessions at their student clinic for $25 and it's 1.5 hours. There are some wonderful healers there, especially Kelly or Kayla. Furthermore, to really experience Chinese Medicine, check out the book "Mastering Miracles: The Healing Art of Qi Gong as Taught by a Master, Master Hong Liu. He is both a Western MD and Qi Gong Master. The book is definitely worth a read if you're serious about Chinese Medicine. The needles are actually stimulating your Qi flow, and the exercises of Qi Qong do the same and are considered a complement to Acu. Best of luck on this journey. Also, you can check out his website at www.home.qimaster.com.

Denver Refashionista said...

Thanks for the info Cara. I am excited.