As part of my get healthier initiative I have decided to do something I have always wanted to try acupuncture. After my initial assessment and treatment I thought I would share the experience with you incase there is anyone out there interested in trying it.
First off what is acupuncture? I am going to answer that it my own words rather than cut and paste a definition. Basically it is a part of chinese medicine which is used to treat all kinds of ailments and disorders. The aspect I like about chinese medicine is that it looks at the body as a whole and not just a bunch of parts. In western medicine everything is divided into specialties and that can mean that a person doesn’t necessarily get the best treatment because a doctor is focussed on their area only when perhaps the root cause of it is something else. I remember being at the doctor beside a woman being treated for infertility who looked like a skeleton. I mean, sure you can pump her full of hormones and possible get her pregnant but she clearly needed treatment for an eating disorder (or something else making her that thin). Anyways, I digress.
When I got to meet my acupunturinst I think I did a little double take since he was a 6’11 caucasion male and I was expecting a shorter asian person but hey, it doesn’t matter to me! He has extensive training and certificates and he was a nice fellow. He told me a bit about acupuncture and about himself and his family. We went through a questionnaire about my health and he said that I was “young” (I use quotes because I am not really) and that he felt based on my lifestyle we would see promising results including a decreas in my stress levels (which are very bad right now see How I Cried In Yoga Class).
Acupuncture can involve a few things including diet and exercise, taking supplements and then the treatment itself involves stimulation with needles. Since I have injected myself with hundreds of needles and have three tattoos I am in no way phased by the hair thin needles they insert at various points of your body depending on what you are treating. I do have a high tolerance for pain but honestly I didn’t feel a thing.
Next you get to lie in the room with the needles for about 20-30 minutes. It was nice. The room was dark and the bed was comfortable. I almost fell asleep (which apparently some people do).
How did I feel? Well to be honest, I don’t think it made any difference but I know that results build over time. To be honest I am also a little worried that by throwing myself so wholeheartedly into this health kick thing I may actually overload my body or throw it more outta whack than it was but, well, I am a risk taker.
I was told to go once a week for three months to start (and that’s about when I run out of benefits anyways) so I will let you know how it goes. Fingers crossed.
Also as a side note relating to back to the initial question Does Being Thin Make You Happy, I am very interested to see how happy being healthy makes me (I will definitely report on that).