As I am writing this, just yesterday I had my first experience with acupuncture. It surprises me that it has taken a while to get into this popular healing modality since I have been experimenting with energy work for several years.
About five days ago, my back started spasming out of control in the middle region. As it would tighten, it would sometimes feel difficult to breathe. A couple of days ago, I was trapped in my bed, unable to move.
Eastern Philosophy Versus Western Philosophy
As a new business owner, I do not currently have health insurance, so my options were limited as far as a health treatment. Then again, as I thought about going to my Allopathic doctor, it dawned on me that I would not be able to discuss with him the true nature of what I was experiencing.
Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of respect for western MD’s. And let’s face it, if anybody I love were to ever be in an emergency kind of life- or- death situation, and I had to choose between a healer who knew how to channel the healing power of Reiki and an Allopathic doctor, I would most certainly choose the latter.
While Reiki is awesome, Allopathic medicine tends to be better suited for that life- and- death sort of scenario. However, in an ideal world, Western and Eastern philosophies are merged as one.
For someone as energy-sensitive as me, I tend to get a lot of odd looks from Allopathic doctors for symptoms that Western technology can’t seem to pin-point. It is very clear discerning from my many interactions with Western doctors that we are on different pages. At this point, I am accepting of it and I respect where they come from. Additionally, I respect that for my body and energy, it is probably better to stick with Holistic modalities for most ailments.
The Acupuncture Experience
So here I was, unable to move because of a spasming back and a few days later the pain wasn’t getting any better. I felt pulled to make an appointment at an Eastern medicine school for acupuncture, my first experience getting Acupuncture.
It was a wonderful experience and I’m glad that I went. It was very similar to Western medicine in that the examination room looked fairly similar. I sat on the table and discussed my symptoms with the medical student. However, it differed from Western medicine in that they sought to treat me holistically.
During the intake, I was asked about things in my entire life, from my sleep patterns to my physical processes, to current life stressors. Here’s a hint: although I am so over the moon for my new business and even though I love it, this whole process has been rather stressful! If it’s possible for stress to be the good kind, I would say that is what I was experiencing; however, stress is never good.
Following the intake, the medical student discussed with the doctor a plan of action in regards to my healing. They came back into the examination room, asked me to lie on my stomach, and started placing the needles.
I will admit, the thought of needles getting placed in my body isn’t the most appealing thought. Perhaps after my first time getting acupuncture that same thought wouldn’t influence me. However, it really didn’t hurt. In most cases, I could barely feel their presence.
Healing Chi, or Energy
Their protocol with healing me was for my Liver chi (energy) stagnation. In Chinese medicine, the Liver is associated with creativity. Due to stress in creating a new business, it all made sense.
They said they thought the energy in my Liver and all of the Liver (energy) channels was imbalanced and that was what was affecting the spasm in my back.
After they placed the needles, the doctor asked me if the pain was more on my left or right. I told her I didn’t know; I couldn’t feel any pain. They agreed that I was responding well to the treatment and left me in the room with a heat lamp for about twenty minutes. “We’re going to let you bake,” She said.
Healing on Deeper Levels
During this “baking” time, I felt amazing. It was a subtle, but strong difference, as with most energy healing modalities. I felt like I was in an altered state of relaxation, a different dimension, even. During my time in the room, I felt an emotional release.
As a healer, I know this is a very good sign, as it is an indication that healing is taking place on a deep level. Still, it reminded me of how painful and overwhelming it can be to the person on the other end, releasing the negative energies.
My Reaction to the Acupuncture
When the appointment was over, I felt super relaxed, drunk almost. They recommended that I come back once a week for an unknown amount of time. I was okay with that because like I said, it was very relaxing and I am always eager to heal.
By the time I got home, I felt a little irritable and very tired. I was able to surrender and take a deep, three-hour nap. It felt so amazing. During my nap, I vaguely remember lightly waking up and experiencing more heavy emotions and energies releasing.
A Successful Outcome
The next day, I was able to continue with gentle yoga and then afterward, I felt good enough to go back to the gym. I was able to resume my normal activity: weight lifting! While I still felt a little bit of pain, it felt good to be back. It makes me wonder what the next acupuncture appointment will accomplish.
Overall, while I am thrilled that my first experience with acupuncture helped me on a physical level, I am quite possibly even more thrilled that the appointment helped my anxiety/sleep/stress situation. Additionally, it felt good to be able to discuss the energetic components of my pain with the medical professionals and feel validated for my experience. I would highly recommend this treatment option for anybody who thinks they may benefit.
If you are interested in how acupuncture works, you can watch this video here.
Wishing you the best on your journey,