Using needles to take away pain? Treating the foot to heal the shoulder? Asking me about how I sleep when I’ve come in for a rash? Chinese medicine can be so foreign, so different from everything we understand in modern thought, that it’s hard to get your head around.
Now, I didn’t want to write a dry, yawn-fest, medical jargon-heavy blog post, but I believe it’s important to arm ourselves with as much information as possible. There’s a ton of conflicting and confusing information out there but it’s vital we know how to help ourselves so that we’re armed to the teeth!
So today, huddle in…Because we’re going in deep and we’re getting specific! Luckily, you’re in good hands though, because I’m the “funnest” acupuncturist out!
Acupuncture is actually really simple in essence. We insert hair-thin needles into specific anatomical sites, known as acupuncture points, to stimulate the body’s natural self-healing capacity.
But Eamon, how is this possible?
It’s because… the tiny, minute cells that make up our body carry such important information that any time something enters the body (e.g. needle penetration), it causes a change in the information carried in the cell.
It’s because… Our bodies are made up of electrical (neural) pathways that are stimulated instantaneously when we insert needles, which in turn stimulate a response from the brain to change our physiology.
It’s because… Qi (pro: Chi), the name given to the “energy” of the body, is linked in Chinese thinking to the embryological science of the body.
It’s possible because within this holistic paradigm, our limbs and systems and organs and skin are all part of the one body system. And it’s this understanding that breeds a radically different approach to medicine.
The human body is a m a z i n g.
It’s highly responsive, which gives it limitless capacity for change and progress.
We know that if we live and work in an environment without direct sunlight, we can become Vitamin D deficient. We know that Vitamin D deficiency can lead to depression and other physiological problems.
If something as small or incidental as not getting enough sun can radically change the body, it shows that something even smaller, i.e. Acupuncture, can have a profound effect.
Through my clinical experience, Acupuncture is a very experiential medicine, meaning you can feel, feel out and feel around, it’s effectiveness. As soon as the first few needles are inserted, you will be able to tell whether or not something has changed.
Especially if you’re in pain, but even so if you have an internal disorder. The heart rate slows to normal, the stress and tension in the body feels like it’s dissipating and you will feel.. “different”.
If I had read a blog like this before I’d ever tried Acupuncture, with someone telling me that doing something as simple as putting needles in the body could have such a profound effect on the body, I wouldn’t have believed it.
But ultimately it comes down to a choice:
Either you believe and accept that pain or discomfort are part of your life for the rest of your life…
Or, you believe this guy.
This guy who grew up in a family where conventional medical treatments were the go-to, and living with seem-ably ‘incurable’ injuries was a given.
This guy who one day came across an acupuncturist clinic and never turned back.
This guy who is writing to you today, who was you.
My first treatment changed my career path, invigorated passions I never knew I had, and lead to the happy and fulfilled person I am today.
Find what works for you, but know you always have a choice.
AS you get older you never really regret the choices you made quite as much as you regret the choices you didn’t make. Take control of your health. Your body will love you for it.