My First Experiences Into Eastern Medicine

As many of you may know acupuncture is a common form of eastern medicine.  As I work towards being as healthy as possible I am trying Chinese medicine.  So far I have had four acupuncture treatments, and I am feeling better.  December 2016 I was given medicine for migraines.  It took awhile for my body to adjust to the medication, and it finally helped alleviate my migraines.  But, I noticed heavy duty side effects, they did not seem healthy.  Once I decided to stop taking the medication, I had to slowly taper the doses.

This process had challenges.  As I took less and less medication, I experiences a lot of bad symptoms: increased migraines, dizziness, nausea…  These symptoms were worse than what I experienced  before I started taking the medication.

After my second acupuncture treatment I felt A LOT better.  My headache was gone, and I finally felt more healthy than I have in a long time.  If you have a healthy bit skepticism like I do, here are some details:

  • My eating habits were the same, even though there is room for improvement
  • My sleeping habits were the same
  • I continued to SLOWLY decrease the prescription medicine for migraines

As I thought through all the possible variables, the only thing that really changed was beginning acupuncture treatments, and aside from some allergies,  I have been feeling SO MUCH better.

Since I am a very curious and detailed person I ask questions about how things work.  The following information is some of what I’ve learned:

  • The acupuncture needles are placed in specific spots based on energy channels.
  • It seems these specific spots work together to assist with a proper flow of energy, in Chinese this is called Chi.
  • The needles don’t really hurt, sometimes I barely feeling them.  A few might hurt for a second or so as the needles are placed, but after that I don’t feel them.
  • I have felt different sensations during treatment, but I don’t want to plant seeds and potentially influence your thoughts.  That way you can have your own experiences 🙂

Of course I am FAR from an acupuncture expert, but will share a little more as I go through this “new” treatment.
Haha, obviously this is only “new” to me, because acupuncture had been around for centuries.  I found different timelines listed online.  Some sites state acupuncture has been used 2,000, 2,500, 5,000 and even 7,000 years.  From what I found acupuncture has been utilized in the United States since the 1970’s, and it is approved by the FDA.

Here is a basic article about acupuncture from the WebMd website.

Again, I am sharing my experiences and I am in no way attempting to override advice from trained medical people 🙂


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