The past couple days, for some reason my left knee was starting to bother me. It was feeling rather sore and was just irritating me to no end. After complaining about it to the mother dear yesterday, she sat me down, brought out her infra-red laser, and performed laser acupuncture on me.
A couple hours later, my knee felt great. The soreness was relieved, I trotted off to hot yoga class, and did very well at holding all of the poses steady.
I’ve had acupuncture done on me before, and I think that I like the needle-less laser type the best. Some people really enjoy the sensation of acupuncture needles, and most of the animals that we deal with (at the vet clinic I work at with the mother dear) certainly seem to just love it, but I don’t really like the feeling of having needles stuck in me for 20 minutes. It’s not that I have anything against needles, but if I can get away without needing them, then I’ll happily opt for the needle-less version of acupuncture!
There are other forms of acupuncture, too: moxibustion, aquapuncture, acupressure, and electro-acupuncture are all other techniques. Most people are amazed with the miraculous results accompanying acupuncture treatments, but when you think about it, it makes a lot of sense: the Chinese have been using it for thousands of years with great success.
Considering this, and then considering how many of the modern drugs we’ve designed which are actually incredibly harmful to our bodies (such as ritalin), it is worth thinking about going back to our roots. People hundreds of years ago did not have the same health problems that we have today because of their diet and lifestyle. True, advances in modern medicine have been wonderful in helping to treat diseases once we get them, but the drawback to that is that there isn’t much effort being put into preventing us from getting diseases in the first place. Diabetes is now a commonplace condition, whereas it was far more rare hundreds of years ago and you likely wouldn’t have been able to live for very long with it.
I really do think that Western medicine is very beneficial (and in conjunction with Chinese medicine, it’s especially good! If you’re going to an acupuncturist, though, make sure that they’re reputable and certified and all that jazz. Unfortunately there are some people out there practicing it who aren’t licensed to do so), but it seems that we rely too much on Western medicine to save us once we’re already very ill, and we don’t pay attention to our health until it falls by the wayside and is in desperate need of some healing.
What do you think? Should we be shifting our thought away from “it’s okay if I get ill/diseased because it can be treated” to “let’s work on preventing getting any health problems, even though medicine could treat it if need be”? I think we’re better off taking care of our bodies as though there aren’t ways to treat illnesses… we might pay them a little more attention that way and improve our health.
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