We all have heard about acupuncture and how it can help us with a variety of health problems. While many in the western hemisphere, Aussies included, don’t necessarily believe that a Chinese acupuncture clinic in Melbourne can help them with all of their complaint, let me just share with you an experience that forever changed my views about acupuncture.
I have a friend who was completely numb on her left side of the body. We have seen a lot of doctors and she even underwent physical therapy but the sensations on her left hand and legs were simply beyond restoration. Call it desperation, we found enough reasons to try acupuncture since western medicine seemed not to work. So, we went to a Melbourne acupuncturist and I watched my friend receive numerous large needles into her left body, particularly her arms and legs. At some point in the session, I could see pearls of tears from my friend’s eyes. I didn’t know if it was out of feeling depressed and helpless or totally something else. When she told her acupuncturist she could feel her arms and her legs, I knew I had to ask her twice to repeat what she said. This event changed my views about Chinese acupuncture forever.
Our reason for trying acupuncture had been more as a last resort type of reason. Where all else failed, it wouldn’t harm to try something really different. But from that single session, we found a lot more reasons to use Chinese acupuncture as a method of treatment. Here are 4 of them.
- It’s a very personalised treatment.
We’re not saying that western doctors don’t adhere to holistic medicine but we believe acupuncturists do it better. When my friend received her acupuncture, it wasn’t all about the needles. She was also advised on making several changes in her nutrition, her lifestyle choices, and even in her exercise and manner of managing her daily stresses. Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine which emphasises on the achievement of balance and harmony in all aspects of our lives. Any imbalance can be manifested as diseases or health conditions. Acupuncture re-establishes the balance to get rid of the disease. And while in western medicine the approach for one patient may typically reflect the management of another patient, in acupuncture it is highly individualised. This makes it a very personalised treatment.
- It’s all about reawakening the body’s ability for self-healing.
The whole idea about Chinese acupuncture is to let the body heal itself. In western medicine, you’ll have to take drugs to relieve the pain. But these are just symptomatic as they don’t really address the issue that’s producing the pain. Acupuncture fixes this by helping the body to heal itself properly. When needles are inserted into the skin, they stimulate nerves that help stimulate other organs of the body. In the scientific community, these are called dermatomes and are a very accurate representation of nerve distribution in the body. Among acupuncturists, they don’t see nerves. Instead, what they see are fields and networks of life energy called chi. If one of these flows is obstructed, then disease may develop. Acupuncture removes the obstruction and help facilitate the body’s natural healing powers.
- There are no side-effects, only very positive ones.
When we take drugs or medications, there are a lot of negative side effects. For example, taking analgesics may make the pain go away but we tend to be lethargic, feel weak, or sometimes even get an upset stomach. Acupuncture, on the other hand, is safe as we are not introducing any chemical into the body. What we are inserting is a very sterile, germ-free needle to stimulate chi flows. This means we get all the benefits of acupuncture without the side effects of medications. And speaking of needle insertion, the acupuncturist say you will definitely feel a pin prick but this is negligible if you’re going to look at all the benefits you’re getting.
- It strengthens and supports the immune system.
My friend has grown stronger with each acupuncture session. Her immune system has also been boosted by the acupuncture stimulations. The natural flow of chi has facilitated the more effective removal of unwanted substances from the body while strengthening the tissues of the immune system in the production of healthier antibodies and immune system cells. These can have many benefits in the long run.
My friend’s left extremities are not yet fully recovered. However, we are both optimistic that acupuncture can help restore them to their fullest.