My first acupuncture experience and why I will be going back next week

My first acupuncture experience and why I will be going back next week

I tried acupuncture years ago while in Jamaica with a friend.  I was tense and don't remember it being pleasant.

According to the Mayo Clinic: "Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain."

"Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance."

I've been itching to try acupuncture again for years, especially because others with multiple sclerosis have touted it as extremely helpful.  Thanks to a reader's suggestion, I made an appointment with Eastland Acupuncture to meet with Dr. Z.

The unknown makes me nervous.  My first time in a new yoga studio, or doctor's office or even with a new friend can cause anxiety.  I've gotten much better over the years since I learned yoga breathing, but honestly was nervous about my first acupuncture experience.

I arrived on time and was greeted by Dr. Z and Master Herbalist and Office Manager, Monica. I filled out a very detailed questionnaire asking everything from family history, previous procedures to how often I poop, how well I sleep and how often I sweat.

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The only photo I got while there. There was a no cell phone sign.

Dr. Z led me back to the simple carpeted room with a bed and chair.  He explained to me about Chinese medicine (although he is from Russia) and the way the Yin and Yang can balance our bodies and energy points.

I then took off my shoes and socks and laid on the table.  Dr. Z checked out my tongue and pulse and then inserted 11 needles in my feet, arms, belly and head.  Then to my surprise he covered me with a blanket and told me to rest for 25 minutes.  I thought about how tired I was just a few hours earlier when my alarm went off, but suddenly felt wide awake.  I focused on my yoga breathing and thought about how easily I let go during savasana.  But, at that moment on the table it was hard to Zen out with needles in my body.

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Eventually Dr. Z returned and removed the needles and I was done.  He emphasized the importance of coming weekly or bi-weekly, specifically for someone like me with an autoimmune disease.  I made an appointment for next week and look forward to going back now that I know what to expect.

Have you tried acupuncture?  Do you go regularly?  Do you notice benefits? 

You might also want to read about my first yoga retreat, my first time trying Fly Yoga and my first Epsom salt bath. 

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