Acupuncture is a surprising way to increase happy living as well as a remarkable way to maintain your health.  Most people think of acupuncture as a torturous needle poking endeavor practiced by the Chinese, which in part is correct… the actual definition:  The practice of inserting thin needles into the body at specific points to relieve pain, treat a disease, or anesthetize a body part during surgery.  Acupuncture has its origin in traditional Chinese medicine and has been in use for more than 5,000 years.

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I have been getting acupuncture treatments for over four years, originally for a specific problem and now just for health maintenance and vitality.  I was quite skeptical at first, but I was desperate to try anything as I felt I had exhausted all medical remedies from my various health care professionals – with no relief in sight.  I was suffering from chronic yeast infections.  As anyone who has ever had this malady knows – a yeast infection is hideous.  I was lucky enough to endure the pleasure, monthly, for almost two years – and not only where you normally get them (you know, down there…) but also on the bottoms of my feet, on the tops of my shins and in my mouth.  I was a mess!  After explaining to my primary care physician the issue – he screwed up his face and said, “I can’t help you with that.”  Off I went to my gynecologist – who promptly gave me a prescription for Diflucan – a one pill treatment – which did the job, but this was only a band-aid as the infection wouldn’t go away.  The gynecologist was treating the problem after the fact – not the root cause.

Then came my experience with acupuncture.  Cue the angelic music and harps!!!  Yes, this was a life changing event for me.  Granted, the acupuncture didn’t cure the infection immediately, but after 2-3 months I was in the clear.  And not only did the yeast get the boot, but I have also felt a huge surge in my overall health.  I now go for a treatment every other week – because it feels so good (you truly don’t feel the needles, you just feel a euphoric feeling in your body during and after the treatment, similar to what you feel when you get a massage).  Today my practitioner told me that the ancient doctors of Chinese medicine were paid only when their patients were healthy.  If a patient got sick, then the doctor was not paid and most likely out of work – or worse.   Talk about preventative medicine.  I have to say in her defense I have not had a cold or any health issue since I have been going regularly to the acupuncturist.  Now that is happy living!