Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine. According to traditional Chinese medical theory, acupuncture points are located on meridians through which gi vital energy runs. Small needles placed into the skin on specific points and to specific depths promote healing.
Although there have been many tests about the validity of acupuncture, nothing has been conclusive. This makes sense to me because every individual is different. I could see how the migraine I have might be cured by acupuncture, but maybe the migraine you have isn’t.
In western medicine, there is more of a mindset that a migraine is a migraine. All migraines should be treated equally. That’s not the case with more non-traditional medicinal practices like acupuncture, which really are more interested in what is causing the migraine than the migraine itself.
I’ll admit, though, that I’m a little biased. Two of my chiropractors also practice acupuncture. I have friends who have had successful acupuncture sessions with various goals. My mom, who had a stroke, is currently using this form of treatment to help her regain flexibility, control, and movement on the left side of her body. I also have had successful acupuncture treatments.
My First Acupuncture Experience
My son was about three months old, and I was breastfeeding him. It was winter, and I started coming down with a cold. At first, it was okay to take Tylenol (because it feels like that’s all you’re allowed when you’re nursing). Then, my health started to decline.
I was starting to have green goop come out of my nose. Pressure started building in my sinuses, and I could feel a sinus infection in the works. I didn’t want to expose my baby to antibiotics in my milk. In my desperation, I started eating raw garlic. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and consuming raw garlic is more potent. However, friends, when you are trying to swallow raw garlic pieces (which will result in heartburn and raw garlic burps all day), you know you have hit rock bottom.
Honestly, I felt like I had sacks of fluid in my face and, if someone would just stick a needle in it to drain it, I would feel better. That gave me an idea. I knew that my chiropractor did acupuncture as well, so I scheduled an appointment.
Yes, she stuck needles in my face, but she also put needles in my upper chest. The spots that she chose for the needles sometimes surprised me, but the result was exactly what I expected. I felt like my sinuses were open and that the goop could drain. In about 4 days, my cold was gone.
Now, it’s possible that my cold would have gone away in 4 days on its own. It’s possible that the acupuncture didn’t truly do anything. However, I know that after my treatment, I felt better and like I was no longer at risk for infection.
Other Reasons for Acupuncture
Acupuncture can be helpful in treating:
- back pain
- muscle pain
- menstrual pain
- chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
This is by no means the full list, but it’s a beginning. It’s also very common for people to use acupuncture to help heal after a traumatic event.
For more information on acupuncture, I recommend “Acupuncture: How Does Acupuncture Work?” by Christian Nordqvist on MedicalNewsToday.com and “How Acupuncture Can Relieve Pain and Improve Sleep, Digestion and Emotional Well-being,” which is an article by UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine.
Here is a video of a treatment to relieve stress and sinus issues.