Hey guys this short Take is going to be about my experiences with acupuncture.
Today I have a season acupuncture season with a traditional Chinese doctor, I have seen him for several years now, maybe five separate times in ten years. Considering how powerful and affective acupuncture is I'm considering only using western medicine for a once in a blue moon blood test.
For the past month I have been ruff sleeping on Mat's on my floor because I don't have a bed, in conjunction with poor sleep I also have a job that involves a lot of manual handling, bending and picking up heavy or awkward objects, So my back is a disaster area. I wake up and can't turn and sit up for about 15 minutes, I have to use rubbing ointments to increase heat and make the pain subside. My sleep has been broken into 4 hour blocks I'm lethargic and grumpy at work and I have had enough.
I went to the clinic this morning, as you walk in you are hit by a strong odour of exotic medicines, coming from a wall of draws mounted behind the counter. an old Chinese lady politely asks you if i needed assistance, and then tells me to sit and wait for the doctor.
About 15 minutes later the doctor arrives and invites you into his office and I tell him I have been here before, he asks me to write down my name on a scrap peice of paper because he can't pronounce my name, so he finds my medical records that are all hand written, and proceeds to question what's ailing me.
I tell him I want to try acupuncture again this time for lower back pain.
He proceeds to quiz me, about my sleep, do I get tingling in my legs? How's my appetite? Do I have regular bowel movements? Are they soggy? what colour is your urine? How much water do you drink a day? Do you get dizzy? I just tell him I'm depressed, in pain and then he test my heart rate in both hands, and scribbles more information on my records in Chinese.
Then he leads me into a treatment room, with two beds a young Chinese woman is having acupuncture as well she is laying on a bed and there is a fabric partition between us, in the background plays some gentle but not terrible oriental music.
So I loosen my belt and take my shoes off and lay down on a single bed. He asks me about where I feel pain, preps my lower back with antiseptic and strategical places about 10 needles of varing gauges into my lower back and tells me to just relax for thirty minutes, he closes my partition. And leaves the room to attend to another patient.
So I'm laying on a bed in a room, I only really felt one of the needles, the rest are to small, unlike in the past I am struggling to relax, and my breath seems to be affecting the treatment, normally I would fall asleep, not this time, I feel a mild altered state of consciousness, depression and foggyness of the mind dissipates.
Over the next twenty minutes I have several physiological and psychological experiences, of tremors in my arm, and slight euphoria.
When the thirty minutes is up I definetly really wanted to end the treatment, it was what felt like some of the needles were not 100% in the right pressure points.
The doctor comes in and takes the needles out he is slightly surprised that I have lost mobility, my core body temperature had dropped, and laying down for the past month has been difficult for me to move afterwards.
So eventually I rock myself up slowly and and stand in my feet, he asks how I feel, where the pain still is, and I show him in my back, this time he sits me down, and takes two more needles and pushes them about a centimetre into the same pressure point on both hands somewhere where the the bones of the pinky meet with your ring fingers on both hands, he then tells me to stand up, and I automatically get a flush of brain chemicals, much like serotonin, or a mild adrenaline rush, which I get a shock and tell him what's going on, and my back pain dissipates.
I thank the doctor, and tell him I'll be back in a week because I feel that these ailments have been straining muscles in my abdomen and grion region and I would like to have another season this time putting needles into the front of my body.