Giving Up Acupuncture

I tried acupuncture for two months, but I decided to give it up.

The first session was excellent –I thought – but since then I haven’t seen any effects.  As I was advised to try it for 2-3 months, after a month I changed the acupuncturist.

The 2nd acupuncturist had eastern and western doctor degrees.  He was trilingual speaking English, Chinese, and Japanese.  He was even teaching a free Tai-chi class.

Every week he consulted with me in fluent Japanese.  The acupuncture was mostly focused on my feet using heat from a lamp, electric stimulation, which was connected to needles, and included rubbing massages, too.  I thought this doctor was more sophisticated than the first one.

His Tai-Chi class was also different from the class I have attended for last 6 months.  Although the movements are still slow, as he stretches his leg, it kicks up straight to the sky, and as he bends his knees, his body sinks so deep but bounces back like  rubber.  As he sticks out his arms, they are so quick and powerful that they seem to cut the air.  It really convinced me that Tai-chi was originally a martial art.   I was fascinated.

Although I was impressed so many things about him, and appreciated his hard work for me, it was a shame that the acupuncture didn’t seem effective.  I have had spasms or even cramps during the treatment, or an intense sensation of numbness or tingling after the treatment.

Thankfully, insomnia and cramps are now much improved.  It is probably because of Goshajinkigan, a Chinese medicine I resumed taking.  Though the acupuncturist recommended me to continue acupuncture with the Chinese med, it is not covered by the insurance and I feel like I tried long enough.

On the other hand I’d like to continue the cool Tai-chi.  Right now I get out of breath even for 30 minutes, and after the class cramps attack me.  When I said so, the acupuncturist told me that Tai-Chi was probably too much for me and I should walk instead of Tai-Chi.  It is sad that I can’t even keep up the exercise for 30 minutes.

If I can continue Tai-Chi, the class, which starts at 8:30 every morning, would be good to develop the new habit of getting up early, and it’s just fun to watch even if I don’t participate much.  So, I set it as a goal and am enjoying the imagination that someday my body would become so light like a feather, and agile like a wild cat, that I would be able to do Tai-chi so gracefully.  🙂

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