Before learning the Chinese medicine, I did not like to be in pain or discomfort. Well, I still don't, but it is fun to experiment on my body. For the fun and learning, I am now more willing to go through a few episodes of pain and discomfort. Here are the few...
I like to run in the morning. When I reached certain age though, it started bothering my knees, especially in winter. So I stopped running and started doing other types of exercises. I did that for a while, but one late spring day, I thought, "I really miss running. I think I'm gonna do that again. If my knees start hurting again, I'll just deal with it." So I did. I ran fine throughout that spring and summer. Then fall came. My knees were still fine till one rainy day. When I ran that morning, it was raining, cold, and windy. Right after that, my knees started to ache. Then, I thought, "This is so cool! It is the wind, cold, damp invasion!" Wind, cold, and damp are a few things that cause pain in Chinese medicine. I was thrilled to experience this theory with my body.
When we had snow a few weeks ago, I went out on my garden shoes in the snow. I thought that would be fine because I wasn't going very far. Well, that was really silly of me because I slipped and fell on my bottom. It was very painful. I put on some herbal liniment to help with the pain and bruising. After a few minutes, one of the fingers started bruising and swelling. Again, I put on the liniment. Immediately before my eyes, the swelling went down, and the bruise started disappearing. A few days later, I started feeling like my body was out of alignment. I was feeling the misalignment along one meridian so I put needles on one point of either feet along that meridian. I just sat on my chair and felt the effect of the two needles.
The Chinese medicine has been tried and tested for several thousands of years. I don't know what made someone come up with needles or moxibustion, but it works. By having a few episodes like these and experimenting on my body, I get to test the theory of Chinese medicine. Not that it needs to be proven, but it is always fun to have it proven on my body.
Licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and a mom of two wonderful boys who taught me a lot about unconditional love