Hi everyone! I didn’t know if I should blog about my first time going to acupuncture but I eventually decided to do it. I figured it might help someone who’s considering it. According to Medicine Net, acupuncture dates back 2,500 years. There are various types of Oriental acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture is based on the energy flow qi (pronounced chee) throughout the body. Depending on the patient’s symptoms, fine needles are used in different areas of the body or meridians. The needles are said to remove any blockage in the meridians. Besides needles, other tools and methods can also be used. Herbal treatments may also be prescribed if needed.
Before my appointment, I asked some family and friends if they’ve ever tried it. Most said no but they’d heard good things. My grandma said it worked for her almost 30 years ago after hurting her arm. She was having a hard time picking up my sister when she was a baby. After going twice, she was able to pick her up again and felt better. I went because I have women problems and stress. I was diagnosed with endometriosis five years ago. I’ve always had issues with monthly women’s cramps since I was a teenager. I had surgery for the removal of a tennis ball-sized cyst from one of my ovaries five years ago. Half of my right ovary was removed. It was one of the most painful things I’ve ever experienced in my life. To be honest, I think it was worse than contractions and giving birth. The pain I endured before the surgery was sometimes unbearable. There were days when I couldn’t get out of bed to go to work. There were also times when I could barely walk. My lower back and stomach hurt like someone was constantly punching and kicking me. How was my visit?
I would say it was one of the best experiences of my life. I’m not a big fan of needles but I had nothing to lose. The acupuncturist asked me about my lifestyle and eating habits. He also checked my tongue for deficiencies. He advised me to eat more fruits and vegetables. He also said not to drink soda anymore. Potatoes and bananas are also off limits. I’m allergic to bananas so I don’t eat them that often but potatoes are a different story! He also advised me to work on my posture. He had the following to say about the prohibited foods:
* Soda (even diet) is poison! It contains phosphoric acid, which is primarily used in the manufacturing of fertilizers, detergents and pharmaceuticals. It also contains aspartame, which has more than 90 health side effects. It takes 32 glasses of water to neutralize one glass of soda. He also said soda cleans toilets very well overnight.
*Potatoes belong in the ground! They spike blood sugar. Potatoes also depress good cholesterol and boost the risk of a heart attack. They increase the risk of type II Diabetes. However, sweet potatoes are healing foods and highly recommended. (It’s too bad I don’t care for sweet potatoes *sigh*).
*Bananas cause all sorts of health problems! They make the pancreas work overtime due to blood sugar increasing. Those with any weight problems should not eat bananas. The thick consistency creates phlegm and mucus that later develops into respiratory, digestive and circulatory problems. Most asthmatics have been cured from eliminating bananas from their diet. The top three sources for potassium are: coconut water, avocado and kiwi.
After the interview, he had me lie down on an examination table as soothing music played. He stuck 15-20 fine needles in the back of my head, face, ears, arms, fingers, legs (the leg needles hurt the most for me and the others didn’t hurt) and feet. After about 15 minutes, I began to feel relaxed and sleepy so I took a short nap. The acupuncturist even fell asleep for about 30 minutes. After the treatment, he removed the needles. It didn’t hurt when he removed them. He prescribed some herbal meds for stress and the women issues. Another wonderful feeling was the awesome massage he gave me afterwards. Him and his staff were very nice and friendly. He asked me not to go back to any other doctors because he cures all sorts of illnesses like colds, flu, etc. I’m currently taking the herbs and pills he prescribed three times a day an hour before I eat. I feel like I have more energy after the treatment and taking the prescriptions. I also feel like I’m getting more sleep. I started a healthy diet and yoga so I think it’s also helping me feel good. Other meds that have been prescribed to me throughout the years typically give me side effects like headaches and nausea but not these. If you’ve given up on any health issues you have, I recommend trying it. You really don’t have anything to lose. Have you ever tried acupuncture? If you have, what was it like for you? Would you consider it? Why or why not?
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