In my discussions on all of the toxicity in our world, I wanted to remind you of the real power of self-healing, especially with the help of alternative treatments like acupuncture. I know many people are skeptical of the physical efficacy of needles, but the practice has been around for 2000+ years and it has been helping cure ailments throughout history. Which would you rather try? A brand new drug (where the long-term side effects are not known) or a trial of acupuncture?
Let me give you my own personal example. I tend to postpone and postpone any doctor appointments, relying on my own eating style and exercise program. But I recently completed my first physical examination in 20+ years. Everything, including all my labs, looked fine. However, my BP was 148/88, which is borderline hypertension. I think it was a reflection of my age and sedentary lifestyle, sitting too much at this computer.
The physician recommended consideration of blood pressure medications. Now, from my standpoint, everyone seems to be on some blood pressure medication. But I refused. Instead, I sought treatment from my acupuncturist. I asked if he could treat an elevated blood pressure; and he immediately responded with a ‘yes’! So, I started weekly acupuncture treatments. My blood pressure progressively dropped, over 10 weeks, to my last reading of BP 128/76.
Why is that so important? Because blood pressure is one of the better predictors of longevity. The lower your blood pressure, the longer you tend to live – until you have no blood pressure. It was also important because it spared me the blood pressure pills with their numerous side effects. Instead of relying on some pill to heal me, I relied on my own body – with its healing pathways opened via the course of acupuncture.
If you have read my previous blogs, you know that this one not my first experience of using acupuncture to avoid traditional medical treatment. When typing my first book, Boomer Survivor Kit, I developed a “trigger thumb”, probably from all of my reading and turning of book pages with my left thumb. At the end I could not move my left thumb in any smooth motion. It jerked from one hinged position to another, looked awkward, plus not being of much use.
The Urgent Care physician gave me shots and a wrist/ thumb brace. Six shots and four weeks of traditional treatment and there was no improvement, so the doctor’s recommendation was surgery – with the surgery similar to carpal tunnel syndrome surgery. Well, I refused. I sought assistance from my acupuncture. He started weekly sessions with needles placed in multiple spots from my feet to my arm to my left thumb. I looked like a porcupine, but it worked!
With the first session, I felt a surge of power ala Star Wars flow into my left thumb. It was as if my healing powers had been unblocked and released. With each week of treatment, the thumb movement grew smoother; and by week eight, my thumb returned to normal with full range of motion and no limitations. A year later my thumb is still fine – thanks to an open channel for self-healing. Once again, by relying on an alternative treatment approach, I avoided something (surgery) where complications could have arisen. Self-healing: it is worth a trial.
One last point. I now go to my acupuncturist on a weekly basis, even if I do not have a specific physical complaint. In Chinese medicine, the lowest form of medicine is the treatment of a specific symptom (which is our entire American medical health system). In Chinese medicine, the highest form of medicine is the treatment aimed at producing maximum health. Acupuncture, not unlike meditation for some people, opens up channels, allowing self-healing and maximum health.
Your body is truly the most complex, wonderful organism on the planet. Too often we take that truth for granted. Too often we abuse our body. We should treat our bodies as our temples. When they crumble, we crumble. Like any building, they need tending. But like any building, they can also provide protection from the storm, warmth from the cold, and relief from the suffering. So, take care of your body; and your will take care of you – better than any pill.
All you have to do is keep open your healing channels …