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 🙂