Acupuncture, a different type of needle.

Last week I went to see an acupuncturist. I had never done so, and after almost 20 years with this disease it is surprising to me that it is the case. I’m open minded, yet always felt that I would exhaust conventional medicine before going the alternative route.  As I explore the MS Recovery detox, seeing an acupuncturist seemed like a good complementary effort. As I’ve said, anything that might stabilize my world is worth a shot, or a needle!

It was quite an experience. I learned first hand, or shall I say first back, what cupping and scraping means.  If you have ever seen these ancient Chinese techniques exploited in films (Harriet the Spy) you know what I’m talking about. You know the one where glass bowls and needles are stuck all over the character’s back? Well that was me… although a bit less exploitative.

After all was said and done I had a modern art of hematoma on my back that makes Jackson Pollock look hesitant. But the truth is I felt great. Not sure about the dizziness… but great none-the-less on every other level. Apparently I have heat, and dampness and phlem as was evident in my 9 pulses. I went home with some suggested additions to my detox diet, as well as a daily vegetable juice to combat this condition. Oh, and dandelion root tea. I can embrace most of the suggestions and the juice recipe is very good. 

So I went home very optimistic that I would experience a change. As the evening wore on I was sensing something different, although I couldn’t put my finger on it. Unfortunately when I woke up the next morning everything was worse. Such that I didn’t go to work for 2 days and still felt worse over a week later. I’ve been hopeful that this much change would give way to similar recovery. (That’s the kind of optimist I am! ) When I visited with Dr. Verter, his thoughts were that she just did too much at once. (cupping, scraping, deep tissue and acupuncture) After two sessions with him.. I think I may be on a mend of sorts.  

At this point I’m just thankful that when I am seated I’m fine. It allows me to write and work and feel productive. If I didn’t have a break there… it would be in a much harder to cope. So, I will try to accept what is- and continue on with my efforts to be in the best health in the areas I actually have a say in. (ie. food and exercise)

4 thoughts on “Acupuncture, a different type of needle.

  1. Patricia Frondczak says:

    I also started acupuncture due to what tested negative but the conclusion was positive to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I also have had slipped disks in my lower back , now 28 years since my daughter was born. I went to 3 sessions of acupuncture but I have been feeling very dizzy to the point that I thought I would faint. I also have hypoglycemia and so , I ate a banana and had some milk..My doctor is a Chiropractor and does adjustments and acupuncture for around 15 mintures, each time inserting the needles deeper and boy do they hurt. I think I am going to slow down the treatments and also ask him to do less time because this is all making me very nernous and as far as feeling better??? not much change yet, but I remain optimistic!!!

  2. Wendy Deuville says:

    My mother has MS dizziness worsened to the point where she was in a wheelchair.
    She is now dizzi-free……

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