What is Acupuncture?
“Traditional acupuncturists believe that the underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body’s qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this; emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are among the most common. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response”
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When my Pouchitis was in full flare, I remember thinking I would try anything, absolutely anything in an attempt to try and solve this. Prolonged pain usually does lead to acts of desperation.
Hence how I found myself at the door of a Chinese medicine clinic, thinking why the hell not.
After my initial consultation, I was taken to a small room and had my pulse, on both wrists, taken. I was asked to lie on a table and then began the weird sensation of having needles, I can only describe as flicked, into different parts of my body. None of them hurt, it was just a weird experience. Especially when he left me for twenty minutes listening to some bizarre bird music with some tinkling in the background.
I won’t lie, after the session I felt nothing, but had somehow managed to end up with more consultations. I thought that maybe it takes time for me to feel a difference. In hindsight, my gut was telling me to bail. I should have listened but again, when you’re sick you manage to convince yourself that it could work if only you try.
Needless to say after the sessions, I was only left with a giant gap in my account and an overwhelming sense that I would never get better.
Since I have come to Australia, I have been trying different things to try and achieve health.
One of these, is acupuncture.
I was unsure as to whether this would do anything; after all I wasn’t exactly thrilled after my first experience.
As this was on the recommendation from a very trusted source (The Boy’s Mother) I thought why not.
Off we went, and the usual ensued. I was asked to write down my problems, what I eat on a regular basis, pulse taken and tongue checked.
I hopped onto the table, had the needles flicked in but this time, when he put the needle in a point on my foot I felt this overwhelming rush of emotion. I needed to cry but I didn’t want to cry in front of a stranger! I don’t know this dude, how am I going to cry on his acupuncture table?
He could obviously feel some discomfort and said to me that it was okay to cry, that the emotions need to come out.
So I started to cry and he put more needles in me and with everyone I started to cry harder and harder until I was sobbing. I tried after every needle went in to stop but the emotion was so overwhelming. It was like it was pouring out of me.
Once he had finished with the needles, he came by my head and pressed some points and I started laughing, this uncontrollable laughter just rose up and escaped. I tried to cram it back in, I had just spent 5 minutes sobbing uncontrollably, but it wouldn’t stop.
Once he had left me for 20 minutes I lay on the table and initially I was really confused. I was trying to work out what he had done, why I had felt like that and what was going on. In the end I decided to not question what happened. For some reason, it had and I was just going to go with it.
When the session had finished, Amazing Acupuncture Man had simply said that I had been blocking emotion. When he puts the needles in, he is trying to restore the balance within the body and emotion has to come out somehow.
I’ve had a few more sessions since then and thankfully I have not had the same intense experience but I feel a shift within me every time I leave the table.
One session will leave me so whacked, I need to come home and sleep, others leave me feeling peaceful and calm.
There are a lot of articles out there saying why acupuncture does or does not work. All I know is what I felt and so far I do believe it is helping.
I feel a little more in control of my emotions, and a little more grounded. Even if this doesn’t help me on my path of trying to achieve success with my IBD, at least it will help my overall health and state of mind!