Mental Health Before, During, And After Acupuncture

Before

I looked for an acupuncturist to treat my aching muscles. I found the best one in town online, but they only had an available slot a week after I called. I grabbed it at once because I genuinely wanted to stop taking pain relievers whenever my muscles ached. I even wrote the date, address, and time on my calendar so that I would not miss it.

As soon as I ended the call, though, that’s when it hit me. I just agreed to have a stranger – albeit a professional – to prick me with God knows how many needles!

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My brain began to come up with a million and one things that could go wrong during the process. What if someone comes in to surprise the acupuncturist while the needle is close to my skin and ends up pushing the needle deeper than intended? What if his hand begins to shake or he has a moment of doubt and pricks me at the wrong point? What if he had an awful assistant and forgot that the needle they prepared had already been used?

Of course, I refused to believe that professionals could ever do that, but doesn’t the saying go, “To err is human”? This thought kept me on my toes for days.

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During

I was scheduled to meet the acupuncturist at 2 o’clock in the afternoon on a Wednesday. I initially wanted to go there alone; none of my family members even knew that I was set to get acupuncture. I did not think that they would agree to it, especially since I came from a family of doctors. However, I genuinely needed moral support, so I called my best friend, who always had a support-first-ask-questions-later attitude. I gave her the clinic’s address, and she called in sick at work to be there for me. (I got super lucky in the BFF department, I know.)

My best friend’s presence soothed my nerves enough to push myself to take a step towards the reception desk in the lobby. Once I confirmed my appointment, we sat at the farthest line of chairs to wait for them to call my name. Neither of us had been in a facility that offered traditional Chinese medicine, so we were both surprised to realize that the clinic was inside a mini-hospital, complete with nurses in scrubs. Everything was white and clean; everyone smiled kindly. The TV even showed the various treatments they offered there.

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At precisely 2 o’clock, I went to the second floor, where the acupuncturist’s clinic was located. Upon getting my vitals, the elderly man informed me that he was not only an acupuncturist but also a medical doctor who specialized in joints and muscles. That eased my mind as I thought, “He must know what he’s doing.” But then, the nerves flared up when he said that he would use 20 acupuncture needles on me. 

Not two but 20! My best friend could only squeeze my hand in assurance as the doctor led me to a table where I was supposed to lie down while getting acupuncture. He was nice enough to pull up a chair for my best friend so that she could sit down, but she stood up right away after realizing that it brought her at eye level with the needles. 

Before the first prick, the doctor even showed me the needles he would use up close. They seemed thinner than most I had seen. Then, he positioned a needle on top of the knee and gave it a little tap. 

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I expected a sting – as if several ants bit me. However, the needle barely entered my skin, so it would not hurt unless I started moving. The doctor asked how I was doing, and I said I was fine, so he continued placing needles all over my lower body. I even saw a couple of them on the tip of my toes. 

My anxiety was almost non-existent at this point. I did not know that I fell asleep until the doctor tapped me on the shoulder to say that he would take the needles out. The process was quick and practically painless, too, and I was scheduled for another acupuncture session two weeks later.

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After

It had been a couple of months ever since my first acupuncture session. After that, I had the confidence to go on my own and share my experience with my family. I thought they would think I was crazy for getting acupuncture, but it turned out that my father was friends with my acupuncturist from med school. Once or twice, Dad accompanied me to the clinic, and he got the same treatment for his migraine and joint pain.

As for the efficacy of acupuncture, I would say that it worked on me. The jury was still out about it for some, but I would not mind getting acupunctured a couple of times a month, especially now that I was no longer scared of the practice.

 

Ayurveda: The Power Of Body And Mind

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Researchers have traced Ayurveda back to the old Indian civilization that was believed to be a thousand-year-old system of herbal and natural healing.  The origin of the word “Ayurveda” is known to be a part of the Sanskrit language, “Ayur” which means life and “Veda” for knowledge or science.  In short, it is ancient wisdom described to help folks become vibrant and healthy as they come to the understanding of their full potential as human beings.

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How To Handle The Loss Of A Loved One

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One of the worst things that can happen in your life is finding out that someone close to your heart has passed away. It hurts to accept the reality that you are not going to get another chance to be with that person. You have no other choice left but to grieve the death of your loved one and move on from it. We understand that there is no easy way to overcome this heartbreaking moment in your life. “They need to see that grief includes missing someone after they die and being sad when we can’t see them or talk to them,” Jill A. Johnson-Young, LCSW says.

For this reason, we are going to share to you some of the effective methods that you can use to ensure that you will not have a hard time in handling the loss of a person who matters in your life. Here are some of the things that you need to remember:

Remember The Happy Memories

Stop thinking of all the negative emotions associated with the death of your friend or family member. Instead, make an effort to replace it with better and happier memories. Remember all the lovely times and great bonding moments that you shared with the said person. Fill your heart with joy instead of sadness. Take note that your loved one would be happy to see you move on from the hurtful event.

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Cry Your Heart Out

You cannot just wake up one day and force yourself to forget the pain. Take note that you have the right to express what you feel. It is entirely okay to cry your heart out until you feel better about the situation. Do not prevent yourself from showing what you honestly think. Take note that the more you restrain yourself, the more challenging it is on your part to fully move on.

Be With Others

“Families who feel together heal together.” as Christina G. Hibbert, PsyD put it. “Let them talk, cry, tell their story over and over to you. Say, ‘I’m so sorry,’ and ‘I’m here for you.’” she added.

Do not be afraid to grieve with other people. Share your pain and suffering to others so that you will not have a hard time letting go. Talk to other people who have also experienced the loss of a loved one. In so doing, you will get a better chance of finding peace and understanding what happened. Being with these people can help you to slowly see that there are still better tomorrows that you can enjoy soon.

Keep Yourself Busy

At this point, it is essential to emphasize the fact that not every person has his way of grieving for the death of a person. There are those who can function well if they start to become busy with other stuff. If you believe that this is going to work for you, then all you have to do is to look for other things or to-do’s that can keep you preoccupied. By investing your time in these projects, you will begin to take your mind off the pain. Eventually, you will start to heal.

“Taking some time away from the situation will help change their mindset and assure them that life continues, even after a sad event.” Jeff Nalin, PsyD says.

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Conclusion

As already emphasized above, there is no easy way to move forward and let go of a loved one who already passed away. You have to put your heart and mind into making it happen before you can experience success. Be patient enough to go through all the grieving process.

Placebo Effect: Is It All About Expectations?

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Have you heard someone says that medicines are only effective if you believe it to be that way? Some people argue that the medical or herbal treatments are helpful only because that is how you see it. The most common term for this is called as the “placebo effect.” This can be confusing at all. In this article, we will attempt to provide more detailed information about this matter.

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