For those following my Acupuncture history and impressions, I thought these quick stories would also help. For in many of my acupuncture experiences I didn’t usually follow the long-term results of my treatments but with family and friends, it was easier. So here are a few stories — again, without post-hoc analysis.
Allergies & Sleep
My brother had allergies — runny nose and sneezing. I was home in the USA on a short vacation from Japan and he asked if acupuncture would help his allergies. We were in the back seat of a car, I broke out my needles and put about four needles in his face while we were riding. He clearly felt the Qi and after twirling them a bit, I told him to rest with them in his face for about 10 to 15 minutes.
When I removed the needles his nose wasn’t running and his face tingled. The next day he called me and asked in an almost angry voice, “What did you do? That day I went home and fell asleep at 4:30 pm and did not wake until 8 a.m. the next day! I normally sleep only about five or six hours. You should have warned me.”
I had never seen that happen before so didn’t think about warning him. He said he did feel better still. His allergies, by the way, were never cured by one treatment — more treatments are needed. But I was just visiting and would not see him again for several years.
My mother’s best friend (50 years old) had tennis elbow for 2 years that interfered tremendously with here daily life. She asked me if I would mind treating it. The friend had surgery planned in two weeks. I gave one treatment with three needles in her arm and the pain was gone and never returned. She cancelled her surgery.
My friend’s sister had thumb pain for five weeks. After feeling the tension on her muscles, I decided to only use one point at the middle of her scapula– Small Intestine 11 (“Heavenly Gathering”). With a four minute treatment on that one point her pain went away and never returned. This is an example of treating a point far from the source of pain. Some traditions emphasize this method, some emphasize points close to the pain — many use both. For example, a point which is claimed to help menstrual cramps in just above the ankle (“the meeting of the three Yin”).
My father visited me in Japan after I graduated from Acupuncture school. He brought his second wife and he requested if I would offer to treat her chronic back pain. So during their two-week stay I gave her four treatments both with acupuncture and moxibustion. Her pain was relieved and did not return until about 1-year later.
Again, this is how I remember these stories.
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