So much of our chronic illness today is due to our lifestyles. Either we eat too much of the wrong things or do not get enough exercise or we overwork ourselves physically or emotionally.
Kathy fits into the later category. She prided herself in eating healthy and exercising but like many people today was overworking herself. Fourteen hour work days were typical with frequent trips out of town. By the weekend she was completely exhausted and spent many hours trying to catch up on her sleep. On top of her fatigue, she had premenstrual headaches, endometriosis, insomnia, hot flashes, low libido, and anxiety.
In taking her case I suspected that she was “yin depleted with yang flaring” and her physical exam which included pulse and tongue diagnosis supported that. In addition, her spleen and kidney were also depleted.
I started treating her with acupuncture to restore balance to her body and after just the second treatment she noticed a dramatic turn around of her symptoms.She said, “that night I went home and had so much energy. I cleaned the house and was going until 11 pm, got up at 5 am Saturday morning did laundry, cooked breakfast and planned and executed a dinner party that night. I have been so relaxed at work and my menstrual flow was the best that I have ever had.This is the best that I have felt in 5 years” She also found that her sex drive was back to normal which made her husband happy and that she was sleeping without waking up in the middle of the night.
Acupuncture, when done according to classical techniques, works on a very deep level to restore balance to the body. The body often needs just the right kind of nudge to heal itself. For most people, it takes more than 2 treatments but because Kathy had a strong constitution her response was much quicker.