Acupuncture – Apparently I Never Learn

You’ll probably laugh at me (the acupuncturists do!), but I have a hard time believing acupuncture is going to work. And I own an acupuncture clinic!

To give you an example, a couple weeks ago I had a really bad migraine. Hypersensitivity to sound, nausea, excruciating headache behind my right eye. Ugh.

Now I know acupuncture is great for migraines. Two of my friends had their persistent migraines taken care of. One was addicted to migraine drug – without it, her migraines would just come back worse. She had to go to the emergency room a few times. Another had migraines and asthma for YEARS – both gone. And of course I hear about migraine cases from acupuncturists all over, not just the ones here at People’s.

When we first started the clinic, Kinga told me she could bring a person’s migraine from a 10 out of 10 to a 2 with a single treatment. And if they had chronic migraines, she’d usually be able to stop them from occurring with acupuncture and herbs.

That day, I thought no way – this migraine is so bad. There’s no way it’ll work for me.

Sure, in the past, it’s helped. But not THIS time.

Still, I might as well try.

So I dropped in at the clinic. Mike talked to me, checked my pulses (a form of diagnosis) and needled me. I fell asleep and woke up 45 minutes later feeling fine. I could still feel I was hypersensitive to noise, and I felt a little “off”. But my head no longer hurt at all.  So I went back to work (I’m a web developer in the West Loop).

This is actually pretty common for me. I have a problem (bursitis, joint injuries, insomnia, back pain, low/poor energy, and so on). I don’t think acupuncture is going to work, but I try it. I’m always surprised when it works.

That’s kind of ridiculous. You’d think I’d get over my skepticism, but apparently I never learn.

You might be like me – you’ve seen acupuncture work for one health issue, but nah. It couldn’t possibly work for THIS problem. Right?

All I can say is try it. You’ll probably be surprised. I always am.