Do You Do Acupuncture?
What I love most about alternative and complementary medicine, and acupuncture in particular, is that it can be used to treat such a wide range of issues, both preventively and therapeutically. Got a cold? Feeling blue? Back sore? Period MIA? Acupuncture may actually help with all that, and more. There’s some decent science behind some of its applications, but mostly I love it because it’s full of surprises.
Also—and this might feel like a bit of a stretch, but walk with me—it reminds me of natural beauty in the sense that one simple thing, like a box of baking soda or a jar of raw honey, can be used in so many different ways, depending on the needs of the person.
That’s because natural beauty, and acupuncture, treat the whole person, not just the “condition.” Which is important, because as our homeboy Deepak Chopra likes to say: Once an ailment has presented itself in the body, it’s been festering there for quite some time. To get to the bottom of it, you have to treat more than just its symptoms.
Anyone who has struggled with their skin, for instance, knows that you can’t just use a topical and produce miracles. Unless you root out the causes and address contributing lifestyle issues, you’ll never have the skin you want. It takes work, but the work…well, works. And while you try to treat one thing (skin, say) you may find there are other things that need some TLC even more (maybe it’s your hormones, or your emotions, or your relationship with omega 3s). Address those things, and poof! Your skin rewards you.
Acupuncture kind of works the same way. You could go in for one thing—sciatica, say—and end up sobbing in the dark to chanting-monk music only to emerge an hour later feeling like a brand new person. (And I’ll bet your sciatica will be better, too.)
Anyway, I’ve been doing it for several years now—initially for the aforementioned sciatica, which is now loooooong gone—and I’ve used for all kinds of other ailments, both real and imagined, with terrific results. It helps to have a very skilled healer, to be consistent, and to be invested in the process, of course.
But since we don’t talk much about alternative medicine in the book or here, I thought I’d open the floor.
Do you get acupuncture? And if so, for what? And if you haven’t, is it because you’re scared of the needles? (Because they’re as thin as a hair…. You know that right? :)