Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wow! That's Acupuncture?

I tried acupuncture for the first time tonight. It was great!!
I really didn’t know what to expect. I figured you laid on a table and had super skinny needles stuck all over you. I heard it was really relaxing and that it cures what ails you.
Most people wouldn’t expect having a bunch of needles stuck in you your skin would be relaxing but it was! I started out laying on my stomach on a massage table. My head was resting in that weird doughnut pillow.
I was happy just to be able to lie down for awhile. I have just been exhausted lately. Then she starts placing the needles along my spine. I didn’t feel most of them at all. I only felt a small quick prick on a few of them. 
She said, “Ok, we just let them sit there and cleanse you chis for about 15 minutes.”
The next thing I know she’s coming back into the room, I had fallen asleep and there was a big line of drool hang from my mouth and about to drop onto the carpet!
Oh my goodness! I couldn’t believe it. But then I realized I had even been dreaming!
But the craziness hadn’t even started yet! She took the needles out of my back and had me flip over. I had told her how my right knee had been sore. So she put needles around my knee. Then she put electrodes on the needles and started shocking me with little electric pulses. It felt great! Who would’ve thought!
Then I smelled what I thought was incense. Then my knee got nice and warm. Like deep inside and right where the soreness was. 
I said, “I don’t know what you’re doing but it feels great!”
“I’m using Moxa. It’s a herb. It pulls out what ever is causing you trouble. “
I opened my eyes slightly and I saw a huge cloud of smoke barreling up from my knee! There were many separate large ribbons of smoke sailing straight up into the air. I visualized the soreness and whatever might be causing it “going up in smoke” and floating away. 
While the pins were in my knee, she placed another one right next to my left ear. She said, “That’s for hunger.”
I thought, “Dang lady, I don’t need help being hungry! I have a great appetite!” 
Apparently, placing a needle there suppresses appetite. She told me she could put a ‘pellet’ there instead. A pellet is a very short pin that is inserted and left in for up to a week. Cool. I’ll try it.
So I left feeling great I was even going to go for a run which I hadn’t been for several days.
I had a great run and my knee didn’t hurt the whole time. Nice.
I have another appoint for next week. I’ll get a new pellet then. :) 


Kris said...

Sounds a little crazy. I can't image that being as relaxing as you have portrayed it. It makes you wonder who came up with the idea in the first place and how many people didn't like it while they were working out their technique. ;)

Anonymous said...

I thought it was both interesting (very interesting) and cool (real cool). I wan to hear more about it. RAS

Anonymous said...

The article was real good but the title was lame. I wish you would send you written articles to me to be titled before publication. S

Cindy said...

Very interesting! I have also wondered what it's like, but have never known anyone that actually tried acupuncture.