I’ve now completed my third week of acupuncture and I’m so happy to report that I’ve seen some positive changes! I am continuing to see Jenny at the Barefoot Doctor twice a week. I have been taking coptis & evodia tablets three times a day, and I should mention that I also take probiotics daily, which I began around the same time I started doing acupuncture. For those of you who missed out on my last post, feel free to check out my diary from week 1. Here’s a little recap from the past two weeks!
During my second acupuncture session with Jenny (and third session altogether), she noted that my skin was looking clearer. I agree that I’ve been noticing some positive changes in my skin, but for me these changes have not been significant enough for me to attribute them directly to acupuncture. My acne fluctuates from week to week, so this could have just be a good week for me. I also recently began using a new cleanser and toner combo that I like a lot, so any changes in my skin could be due to that, as well.
I told Jenny that I recently had an issue where my stomach bothered me after eating a banana with (a lot of) almond butter. I explained how I thought this was due to the almond butter, as I sometimes notice issues after eating nuts and beans – although sometimes I eat them and feel totally fine. Jenny responded by shedding some light on something that had never even crossed my mind: food combinations. Apparently, there are certain foods that are great when eaten together, while other combinations take quite the toll on your digestive system. Before I left, Jenny lent me a food combination chart, so that I could start seeing if I could make any connections between what I’m eating together and how I’m feeling afterwards. She made sure to mention that there’s no proper formula and that many different versions of this chart exist, but she still felt that this would be a good reference for me.
During my third session, something cool happened. I was feeling more relaxed than I had been during my previous two sessions, and I began paying close attention to what was going on inside my body. What I noticed was that, at one point, for about five minutes straight, I felt a sensation that seemed to be within the palm of my hand. Nothing was physically in the palm of my hand, not even any needles, but I could feel a force of energy circling inside of it. I’ve heard that people experience lots of different sensations during acupuncture and it was awesome to feel this first-hand!
Here’s a quick look at the treatment:
See how tiny the needles are? Piece of cake. And here’s the view from my chair:
During week 3, something even cooler happened. Ladies and gentlemen, my tongue is no longer an unnatural shade of orange, which has been a symptom of mine for over 7 months. I’m still experiencing an acidic taste in my mouth, but the change in tongue color has me feeling quite optimistic! I can’t be sure if this change is due to the acupuncture, the probiotics, the herbal tablets, or a combination of these things, but either way I am so stoked!
Here’s a really awkward before & after picture I made just for you guys!
The before picture was taken back in June when I first noticed my tongue discoloration. In the months following, it actually became a lot more orange than what you see above, but I never took a picture. I also realize that I have a combover in that photo. I mean, YOLO.
This week I also noticed that there’s one particular point on my body that has been giving me an issue when the needle is inserted. It’s a point just below my wrist, and it always seems to feel itchy or very slightly painful, with redness surrounding the point. Sometimes Jenny inserts the needle into this point on my left wrist and sometimes my right, but either side gives me this issue. It’s nothing crazy or unbearable, but I brought this up to Jenny as a precaution. Interestingly enough, it turns out that this particular point is directly related to the stomach (AKA the entire reason I’m even getting acupuncture). In Chinese medicine, it is believed that the skin turns red from the release of toxins from the body, so it looks like this is actually a good sign. Yes!
Three weeks of acupuncture are complete, and things are definitely looking up. Check back next week to keep up with my acupuncture journey! If you’ve had a similar experience, please tell us about it in the comments!