Thursday, May 26, 2011
there is a women's organization at my church that does a lot of service and things like that on a pretty regular basis. the service is usually for other people, like making hygiene kits for a battered women's shelter or making blankets to send to disaster victims, but a couple of months ago they put together a silent auction where we could auction off acts of service for each other. i auctioned off a child's photo shoot, which went to one of my really good friends, and i bid on (and obviously won) 4 sessions of acupuncture from another lady. no money was exchanged. instead, we used a point system based on a questionnaire that awarded points for activities like reading scriptures, etc.
i was really excited to have won (i had saved up all of my points for this one thing), but i guess i was a little nervous subconsciously, because it took me a while to actually redeem it. so, tuesday evening was my first appointment. i really had no idea what to expect. i'd heard that it wasn't painful, but i was a little wary.
when i met with her (we'll call her mrs J), she sat me down and asked me all sorts of questions about my menstruation, eating habits, whether i tend to be hot or cold... of course, i told her about the impending miscarriage, too. she said that she wished i had contacted her sooner, because she may have been able to help. knowing it couldn't have hurt, i'm kicking myself now.
so, she stuck me...several times. i only felt one, though. she put a needle in my tummy and when she did i felt it all the way to my toes on my right side. she said that means it's accessing my chi and that it's working. it sure got my attention, at least! than she burned some moxa a couple of times on my midsection. thankfully, she warned me about going out in public after the session, because the moxa would stick to me and tends to smell like weed. thanks for the head's up! i don't want to be struttin' my stuff in the grocery store smelling like ganja and run into someone i know. how embarrassing!
the session itself too just over an hour and i've got my next one set up for next tuesday. B is pretty skeptical about the whole thing. he thinks acupuncture's success comes from the placebo effect. he says that the mind is a powerful thing and when you convince yourself that something is working, it often will. i, on the other hand, am trying to keep an open mind.
have any of you tried acupuncture? has it worked for you? i'm dying to hear some real life success stories!
cleverly communicated by Carlia at 9:17 AM