Acupuncture Adentures

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Monday, October 14, 2013

After breathing 'hazardous' air for a week, the inevitable happened; I got sick. My roommate and I both caught colds, as well as our friend Vesliana, and some other classmates.  It was just a bad time.   The air quality moving into winter is progressively worsening. Some days are beautifully sunny, but the days where the thick smog hangs in the air all day are becoming more and more frequent.
I was advised to go and try acupuncture, so Taylor, Pia and I went out to a traditional Chinese doctor.  I must admit that I was feeling extremely skeptical and apprehensive, but, living in China, I thought I should try something that the Chinese have been doing for hundreds of years.
The traditional Chinese hospital seemed nice and clean enough, which put some of my apprehension to rest.  The method of letting the doctor know that you're waiting is to literally open the doors of the consultation rooms until you find the one with the doctor in it, and she can see and acknowledge that you're there
After about 45 minutes of waiting, they were finally ready for us. Each consultation room had four beds.  The three of us would be treated at the same time, along with another lady who already had the needles in her head when we walked in. 
The actual acupuncture itself is more painful than I expected.  In some areas where they inserted the needles, such as my face, did hurt when they were positioned, but when they were left there, were painless.  Other areas, however, such as the webbing between my finger and thumb, was extremely painful for the duration of the treatment. You can't move at all, and it is very sore to do so accidentally. I honestly did not like the acupuncture at all.  It made me feel quite uncomfortable, and restricted.  I also have no knowledge of the study of acupuncture, and I did not understand why needles were inserted in my shins to cure my cold. I did not understand how it was used to help manage internal diseases, and not just physical pain. 
My bed was positioned next to a vent, and I could hear very clearly the doctors and patients talking in the room below us.
After all the needles were removed, the feeling was like pins and needles, and you needed to stretch out to feel comfortable again.  They told you to roll over, and they did cupping on our backs,  This is where they get heated glass cups and suction your skin.  It is supposed to eliminate toxins from the body, but there is no scientific proof of that.
Working at Cardinia Dental, patient confidentiality is something that has been drilled into my head for many years now.  There is no such thing of that existing here. At home, you could never walk into a consultation room where the doctor is dealing with other patients just to tell them that you've arrived.  In China, though, less effort is generally made to preserve your privacy.  With a hugely populated country, perhaps it is too time consuming and not very practical to only allow one patient to be treated at a time. 
All in all, it was an interesting experiment.  The following few days, my cold was much better, but I don't know whether it was because a cold naturally heals itself, or because of the acupuncture. I'm still a skeptic, but it was good to try it.  It was definitely really interesting to experience a Chinese hospital.  The needles and everything used were all clean, and the doctors train for over 6 years, so there must be some logic and evidence behind what they do.
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amandabeet
amandabeet on

Ouch - seems like it's more painful there than here! I had dry needling when I wrecked my shoulder last year, and the physio used acupuncture needles straight into muscles which twitched violently for a few minutes then relaxed. The muscle spasms were weird, but I never felt the actual needles. Maybe you need an Irish practitioner which I had! Sounds like you don't want to get sick with anything you's like a bit of privacy with over there. Stay well! PS: Harry devastated that Heater is gone to GWS :(

Lyn on

You are very game to try that treatment. Do hope you,re over the cold now and I think I,d be eating an orange a day( if available?)
Xxx

amyfisher
amyfisher on

I'm glad I have acupuncture a go, but I am not sure it is for me. I am devastated that Dale is off to Carlton! Why would he want to go there? :(

Rebecca on

:)

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