||[Jan. 25th, 2006|04:10 pm]
|||||Gunther - Ding Ding Dong||]|
I went to my first acupuncture/homeopathy appointment today. One of the guys that I do systema with, Hadi, is a practicing homeopathist and acupuncturist and I've been intrigued by his description of his job when I asked about it when he's given me rides back to Boulder from Longmont. He's probably one of the coolest people I've ever met in my life, and I'd been looking forward to this appointment for quite a while ^_^.
The session started out with him asking me about my personal history, emotionally, medically, physically, and so on. He took my meridian pulses and did some precision markings of the points at which he would set the needles. This being the first session, he marked and set needles around the vertebrae of my spine to drain out toxic energy. He set about seven needles and then I lost consciousness.
Now let me stress this point by saying that I don't lose my grip on consciousness easily. I've never been unconscious or knocked out in my life, except when put completely under for surgery using high dose anesthetics. It wasn't shock to the needles, nor was it me falling asleep. When I came to, sweating profusely, Hadi said I'd been out and completely unresponsive for about thirty seconds, a highly abnormal occurrence. Peculiar.
After that, he proceeded to set and remove at various points around the body, including the face, the ribbing between the arm and the chest, and the ankles and did some general work to estsblish proper balance between the left and right sides of the body.
I'd recommend it to anyone who hasn't done it before. It's definitely a completely different approach to the body from the Western standpoint and it was a great experience. The needles used are tiny - often I didn't even feel them, although occasionally they caused some odd sensations.
Afterwards, he did some testing to gauge my reaction to particular herbs, since I'd said that one of the things I wanted to work out over the long term was acne and gave me a solution to take regularly. I've got another appointment for next week, so I'll keep anyone who cares to know posted about the results over the long term.