Acupuncture has been around for five thousand years and is part of a medical system called Traditional Chinese Medicine. It views a person as an energy system in which body and mind are unified, each influencing and balancing the other. Unlike conventional medicine which attempts to isolate and separate a disease from a person, Chinese Medicine emphasizes a holistic approach that treats the whole person.
I started Acupuncture in April 2016 and had no idea what to expect, other than little needles being poked into your body. My Acupuncturist is a Chinese Master and has been practising it for over 40 years, he is amazing and I love chatting to him during my visits and learning more. What I’ve come to learn by going each week is that there is a universal life energy called qi (pronounced “chee”) present in every living creature. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways called meridians. As long as this energy flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained, but once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain and dysfunction occur. I had lot’s of blocked meridians and each week the needles restore normal function by stimulating certain points on the meridians in order to free up the qi energy and unblock them.
During each visit, I have my pulse on both wrists checked for blockages and the colour of my tongue examined. My acupuncturist then places the needles in my body on those Acupuncture pressure points relating to where the blockages are. In the beginning it hurt, sometimes a lot, but over time and as the blockages began to flow, they no longer hurt and mostly I don’t feel them anymore. During the treatment, which takes about and hour and a half, I have needles on my stomach, down my legs, on my feet and arms and a stack over my head. The needles on my head now, are just focused on the sides where the hair hasn’t come through yet.
I also have Chinese Herbs daily to support these blocked meridians and have 150 ‘tiny black round ball’ herbs each day. Yes, 150…. sounds like a lot and I remember questioning my Acupuncturist that I heard him correct the first time.
I’ve been visiting my Acupuncturist weekly and each week I can see the new hair growth. I feel this has made one of the biggest differences to my hair. In April 2016, I had no hair what-so-ever, by July 2016 I could see fine white fluffy hair over my head and now January 2017 it’s over 80% back. My acupuncturist initially diagnosed my hair loss as auto-immune related and now he say’s it’s no longer auto-immune. My healthy diet has also been key in reversing this.
Healing the root cause (like everything I’ve come the realise during this journey) is not an overnight process but happens slowly over time. For those of you who want to give Acupuncture a try, you must give it time and not expect results straight away. Patience is key…