Anything Lime

A happy acuversary

Yesterday was one of my favorite days. Yesterday was acupuncture day. Yesterday I reached the six-month benchmark.

I’ve been feeling happier, managing my stress better and loving life more. If you’ve ever struggled with anxiety, depression, compulsive disorders or other psychological or physical ailments, I urge you to try acupuncture — if for no reason other than utter desperation.

My jaw problems are healing. I almost never feel jaw or ear pain and I’ve never felt more in control of my anxiety than I do now. And, if I didn’t get acupuncture because of the positive results, I’d get it for the experience. I cannot convey the feelings of utter relaxation that I feel whenever I’m on the table, or just walking into the Healing House and hearing waterfalls and music. Who would have ever thought that I — the girl who faints in the face of a finger prick — would voluntarily subject myself to a procedure that involves needles being stuck into my flesh. Yeah, didn’t see that coming.

The question I always get is, “Is that covered under your insurance? It’s not? Wow… that must be really expensive.”

Let me put it into perspective for you. If I took a chainsaw and hacked off your leg, how much money would you pay me to give it back to you? To sew it back on? No, really, tell me how much you’d pay. In dollars. Tell me how much you’d be willing to fork over to make the nightmare stop. Or if you had a disease that left you with chronic pain every minute of every day, pain that depressed you and made you unable to focus on the daily tasks of your life. A disease that has stood it’s ground against the various treatments and pain medications only to make you more depressed that nothing works. How much money would you pay to make that pain go away?

In my pain-lifting acupuncture adventures, I’ve dabbled in the other branches of Ancient Chinese Medicine as well, including herbal treatments, diet changes and cupping.

In the past few months my tension has moved from my face to my neck and shoulders (hence the cupping), and I’ve gone in for a couple treatments to get the knots literally sucked out. This was not the case for yesterday’s session, as I’m headed to a wedding this weekend and a back full of hickeys isn’t exactly what I want to be showing off under my cute little pink knee-length number.

One of the best things about acupuncture treatments is that there is, other than occasional bruising, no dangers or negative side effects. This slight bruising I speak of is usually no problem, seeing as how a bruise on the hand seems a small price to pay for being pain free. After yesterday’s session, my acupuncturist and I immediately noticed a large lump as a result of one of the needles. And while my usual reaction is to just leave it alone for a couple days, the discovery of this bruise left me a bit upset. This one was from a needle in my face. Between my eyebrows. Perfect timing.

The good news is, discovering such a large lump on my face didn’t make be feel a bit anxious — another testament to my the success of acupuncture.

Neither of us said what we both were thinking… that in two days this somewhat small lump is going to be a greenish/purplish bruise that will, by the time of the wedding on Friday night, have radiated toward both of my eyes and up my forehead. Neither of us wanted to acknowledge the fact that this bruise, a bruise I’ve never had before, couldn’t have come at a more inopportune time.

“Well,” she said laughing, “We might as well go ahead with the cupping now.”


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  1. * Terry says:

    So did you have a bruise at the wedding?

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 11 months ago
  2. * Terry says:

    I am so happy that you have found something that works so well for you.

    Do me just one favor, don’t do the cupping before you come visit me. It will drive me crazy!

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 11 months ago
  3. * anythinglime says:

    Um, it was very faint. It was kind of dark on Wednesday, I think, but it was pretty much gone by the weekend. THANK GOD!

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 11 months ago

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