I can always tell when I need a poke. I get restless, can’t focus, have no energy and my bruises from the last time have all healed. The person who pokes me says that bruising is good.
The best part about being poked is all I have to do is lie there. That’s it! Sometimes I get poked in the city and other times I get poked in the town where I live. I wish I could get poked at my house so I could fall asleep afterwards, but that wouldn’t be appropriate.
When I get poked in my town I have to drive home and I feel a little woozy. I know it’s not the herbs because I only take those at night before I go to bed. I think it’s the poking itself that does this to me.
This poking I speak of has been going on for over 5,000 years, maybe even more. Here in the United States we are a little slow to catch on and didn’t actually do so until President Richard Nixon was in China and the New York Times reporter, James Reston was covering his visit. When he needed emergency surgery he was given a poking for post-operative pain and wrote a favorable article about it.
Of course I’m talking about accupuncture here! I know there are skeptics out there, but I say don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!
If you aren’t sure what Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is, I shall give you a little background on it and how it is supposed to work. The science behind acupuncture claims that the human body has a network of energy channels called meridians. There’s a constant flow of energy through these channels, the qi (pronounced Chee)energy or the energy of life. When imbalances of this energy flow occur, the physical body gets sick. Restoring the normal flow of the qi will make the body return to its healthy condition.
Acupuncture needles are not randomly applied. They follow a pattern of points that are placed on the energetic meridians. Stimulating those points will have an effect on the energy flow. The main diagnostic methods in the traditional Chinese medicine are the examination of the tongue and the pulse. The smell of the breath, the appetite or even the sound of the voice can reveal signs of certain imbalances which will then be corrected by using the needling technique.
If you are interested in getting poked, I’ve done the research for you!
When finding an acupuncturist you can’t just go to anyone off the street and have needles jabbed into your body. You have to go to the source to get your connection. I go to women. Women know someone for any condition you have. All you have to do is ask them. Great resources for gathering information are the grocery store, nail salons and department stores. Just turn to a women at any one of those places and ask them anything you want and I guarantee they will give you an answer. I do it all the time! Women will be brutally honest with you if they don’t know you.
My go-to gal for everything acupuncture and herb is Pailin. http://www.thinkneedles.com She looks like she’s in her twenties and she told me she is 48 years old. The woman who sent me to her is almost 70 and looks like she is in her forties. Wellness shows on people’s faces, much like depression and illness do.
If looking youthful, feeling great and staying focused are all to be gained, I say poke away!