I admit it, I’ve done a terrible job keeping up with posts on how acupuncture is going for me. So rather than waiting to write a post where I tell you exactly how many visits I’ve had and what’s happened at each one, etc., I’m just going to take the easy road and make it simple. I’ve gone to every Saturday appointment except for two and last Saturday I got a parking ticket….so much for letting that relaxed feeling linger……
I can tell you that whenever I do go in for acupuncture, I get a flare during the visit. You might think that sounds terrible, but to me I think of it as progress. Anything natural will make you flare up, it’s just part of the process. And that’s the hardest part really, is how to tell the difference between something that is making you worse or something that is making you better when they both have the same reactions. This excludes immune suppressive drugs because they work entirely differently.
Within an hour usually, my flare subsides and lately I feel fairly great for a few days before the inflammation comes back to its normal state. I would definitely say the acupuncture is making a positive difference, however it’s very slight. I’ve decided to keep going however, based on theory. So here are my theories on why I should keep going to acupuncture:
1. Acupuncture increases endorphins. Endorphins help heal the body. Therefore, I must be doing some, even if it’s small, amount of healing during the visit.
2. Acupuncture increases circulation. Over time, perhaps increasing the circulation will make a bigger decrease in the amount of inflammation in my body.
3. Even if the decrease in inflammation is very slight, it is still something. And perhaps that small amount will slow down the erosion and disability.
4. The Placebo effect. As long as I don’t get any more parking tickets, perhaps the placebo effect of thinking the acupuncture is helping somewhat, will help decrease the inflammation.
Michael has been using a Chinese technique that would make some people cringe where you prick near the fingernail with a needle in certain spots (on a few of the fingers on each hand) and cause your hands to bleed for a moment. Maybe that doesn’t sound fun to you, and it isn’t really. It’s nothing compared to RA pain. I do, in all honesty feel like it is decreasing the inflammation more so than it was before he had tried this technique. I was glad that he was open to asking me if I’d like to try it because most people would probably be against the idea. To me it makes logical sense as well, that it would increase circulation.
So there you have it in a nutshell. I’m going in tomorrow and this time I’ll circle around for 10 minutes if I have to so I can find a parking spot that doesn’t allow for any more cruel tickets. I hope you all have a great weekend and thanks as always for visiting!
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