As an Acupuncturist there is one question that I often hear when someone finds out what I do for a living… “Does that stuff really work?” Although this will sound sarcastic, it’s one of my favorite questions! My answer (after laughing) is always the same… “I sure hope so! I spent a lot of time and money learning how to do it.” As the days and years go by I see lots of people get better and I know that this medicine really does work…but once in a while something will happen to ME that is so text book that I am reminded how smart the people were who first created (discovered?) Chinese Medicine.
Yesterday I had to put a pet to sleep. I think its one of the hardest decisions to make but the time had come and I knew I just had to do it. I am not writing this to get sympathy, everyone knows what its like to lose a pet you love… its sad and there is a lot of guilt over the things we should’ve done. I explain this because in Chinese Medicine, the emotion ‘sadness’ is associated to the lungs. Obviously yesterday I was sad but my patients needed me so I locked my sadness away and went back to work. Then some interesting things happened… I started coughing (I felt fine, no fever and didn’t have any phlegm, just a cough). Then my skin began to itch (lungs have a direct connection to the skin) and I had a hard time getting a full breath. I pushed through my day of work and wondered why I was experiencing all of these symptoms when I NEVER have lung problems…I would go as far to say as I have iron lungs! As the day progressed I coughed more and more and itched more and more… I went digging through all the potions and lotions that I have trying to find something that fit my symptoms when it hit me…GRIEF=SADNESS=LUNGS. Duh! How could I have been so dumb. After work I went home and sat with my other pet who also seemed sad after losing his buddy… and then I cried. I dealt with all the sadness and guilt I had been trying to avoid all day. I haven’t coughed or itched since the tears.
So… does this Medicine really work? You bet it does!
Whether you believe in it or not.