3.19.2009

acupuncture update

First I was away for a week, then my Chinese Medicine doctor is away for two weeks, then when he's back, I'm away for my annual early-April trip to New York and New Jersey. I took home extra herbs, but I won't have the full treatment with needles for a month. So I'm unintentionally conducting an experiment on the effects of my recent acupuncture therapy.

Lo and behold, my symptoms are increasing. I'm experiencing a sharp increase in pain and a marked decrease in energy level. My brain is fuzzy - enough so I realize how clear it had been. It's not the worst I've ever been, but it's not great.

Coincidence? It's possible, but I don't think so. Perhaps I shouldn't still be amazed by this, but I am.

Now I have a new problem. When I first started these treatments, I was going weekly, using Allan's supplemental health coverage. When I ran out of coverage, I cut back to every-other week, still a stretch financially, but theoretically doable. Now, after not having treatments for one month, will every-other week be enough to make a difference? Or do I need weekly treatments for a while to get back to a previous level, then cut back to every-other week? My student-acupuncturist nephew says twice a week would be best. But I can't afford to go even every week. What to do, what to do.

Looks like I have to start an acupuncture category, for easy access to the whole series.

2 comments:

the regina mom said...

I've been receiving acu treatments since late October 08. I began at 2 per week and slowly eased off to 1 every 2 weeks. But, like you, I was away and then my acupuncturist was away and so, it was a month before I saw her.

Partway through that month I hurt a lot, having picked up a cold, a few stiff joints and general miserableness! But I made it through and had a fantastic treatment on Tuesday. Interestingly, all I've noticed is that I was a lot more stiff and sore yesterday than I usually am, but after a big release last night, I'm great today.

So, all this is to say that I'm moving to treatments every 3 weeks now.

L-girl said...

Thanks for sharing, Regina Mom. So after the month off, how often did you go?