Acupuncture - Round 1!

Today I tried my first round of acupuncture.  I almost thought I was again not going to make it!  My original appointment was on Tuesday but that got canceled due to my other appointment running late.  Today I didn't realize that the Exchange Place and WTC path stations were closed - so that changed my whole plan on how to get to the upper east side!  But luckily I made it about on time!

The temp is great out but it's a foggy morning!
9.11 Memorial in Jersey City

The goal for our session today was to take care of 2 things - 1. help reduce anxiety/stress and 2. help with my back pain (which was luckily already feeling better!)

I don't know much about acupuncture but I hear good things about it - so I figured why not try it out.  It didn't hurt at all.  Ok I felt a tiny pinch when they put the needles in my ear!  but other than that it was fine.  I got needles in my forehead, ears, wrist (minus my right arm because of the removal of my lymph nodes and arm restrictions), and both my ankles.  Then I just laid there for about 30 minutes listening to music.  I also got a couple of needs in my lower back for about 5 minutes to help with the back.

Goal going forward will be to have acupuncture a day or 2 before treatment to help with any side effects and anxiety and then 10 days after to help boost the immune system.  I'm all for that!

So how does it work?  (www.acufinder)

How does acupuncture work?
Eastern Explanation:
The Eastern Explanation for how Acupunctures works is that the life energy flowing through the body which is termed Qi (pronounced chee) can be influenced and balanced by stimulating specific points on the body. These points are located along channels of energy known as meridians that connect all of our major organs. According to Chinese medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced or is blocked.

Western Explanation: 
Definition of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points located near or on the surface of the skin which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve the desired effect.

Explanation of How Acupuncture Works
Acupuncture points are areas of designated electrical sensitivity. Inserting needles at these points stimulates various sensory receptors that, in turn, stimulate nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of the brain.
The hypothalamus-pituitary glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing hormones. It is estimated that endorphins are 200 times more potent than morphine. Endorphins also play a big role in the functioning of the hormonal system. This is why acupuncture works well for back pain and arthritis and also for P.M.S. and infertility.
The substances released as a result of acupuncture not only relax the whole body, they regulate serotonin in the brain which plays a role in human and animal disposition. This is why depression is often treated with acupuncture.
Some of the physiological effects observed throughout the body include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief from pain, relief of muscle spasms and increased T-cell count which stimulates the immune system. 

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  1. Erin I'm so pleased it went well! even if it was challenging getting there!!
    Won't it just be marvellous if it helps greatly with the treatment before and, after?

  2. How interesting! I'm glad that you enjoyed it!