Acupuncture

First met: 10/1998

Crossed paths:  One of my closest friends since college knew I was sick for quite a while. She was a client of Patsy’s and she generously paid for three treatments.

Issue:  My body was in serious distress. I didn’t understand why I had insomnia, night sweats, extreme fatigue, heart palpitations, body aches, digestive issues and ten other ailments.

Resistance to treatment: Low; growing up my Mom was good friends from work with a doctor who came to our house and did acupuncture on my Mom and whoever else was around.  In 1999 I felt so sick I was open to try anything.

What‘s the point?:  With acupuncture there are a lot of points…needle points. Acupuncture is a medical treatment used for thousands of years by the Chinese. Traditional Chinese medicine believes in ‘Qi’ or life force energy. Acupuncture is the practice of inserting needles into certain points along different meridians to help unblock and balance the normal flow of ‘Qi’ in the body.  Each meridian is linked to an organ system. By unblocking the energy the body’s natural healing ability is enhanced.

Personal experience:   Patsy has always been a calm port when the seas got rough due to health issues. Over the years I’ve seen her for lower back pain, neck pain, ankle pain, female organ issues, stomach issues, thyroid problems and stress. We always discuss what’s going on so she can assess what meridian to work with. I always enjoy the quiet time alone with my breath and my yin and yang after she inserts the needles.  I notice energy shifts in different areas of my body while on the table, and always left feeling like chilled jello. After learning about my hyperplasia diagnosis in September of 2008, Patsy shared wise insights about food, and the breath. Her encouragement served as a source of inspiration and helped to keep me on my path.