|Posted on October 24, 2015 at 1:05 AM|
Hi, I’m Laurie. Like many of us, I turned to acupuncture because I hadn’t found sufficient pain relief from traditional medicine without massive doses of narcotics. I was lucky, I had a friend who suggested acupuncture and referred me to a wonderful acupuncturist - Mandi. My friend was able to tell me what to expect, who would be good, and why it would help. For many, there isn’t anyone to do the referring.
Being a naturally curious sort, I’ve asked a lot of questions during my time here. I’ve also begun to do a lot of research. I hope that what I share will be of help to you, as it has been of help to me.
Today is Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day, so I thought I’d celebrate by sharing what I experienced on my first visit for acupuncture. Maybe this will answer some of the questions and concerns that are keeping you from booking your first appointment!
I was a little surprised that I had to fill out a health questionnaire before I even arrived for my first appointment. It was a lot like those I had filled out for every medical office I had ever been to. When I arrived, Mandi spent time reviewing the paperwork with me (observing me the whole time). She then asked me to stick out my tongue. After looking at it closely, she made some notes. Further conversation followed, and another look at my tongue. Then we moved to the treatment room, which was dimly lit and had low soothing music playing. I removed my shoes and socks and lay down on the table. Mandi checked my pulse, using 3 fingers on each wrist. She then moved to my feet and began inserting needles. I did feel a little tiny poke with the first needle because I was tensed up and expecting it, but it was so minute that I laughed. I really didn’t feel anything after that. I just relaxed for about 20 minutes and enjoyed a quiet time listening to the music.
Everyone has a different experience before, during and after their treatments, but acupuncturists like Mandi complete thousands of hours of training and their goal is to make you feel better – not to hurt you. Like any good health practitioner, they work with you to come up with a plan that works for you, and with all of the other pieces of your health care regime. This has certainly been my experience.
Stay tuned for more information on acupuncture and oriental medicine. Why does Mandi look at your tongue? What do the needles do? Where do the practices come from? Have a question? Let me know and I’ll try to find out. Like I said – I’m a naturally curious sort, and I like to research!
Happy Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day!
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