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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Boo! Have You Ever Considered Acupuncture?

I know, I know--this is not what you expected around here but I wrote this as a researched, example of my writing for a content mill website. They rejected my writing sample and so I'm posting it here and I'll let you judge the article for yourself. Plus, I'm a firm believer in acupuncture. Actually,when a gastrointestinal surgeon said he wanted to operate, simply because I had some sort of irritable stomach disorder, it was time to look for other options. This all happened more than twenty years ago and knock on wood, the acupuncture worked! With Halloween around the corner, maybe I can scare you with this....
No matter how old or mature we are, the first time we hear about acupuncture we are slightly shocked at the thought of, what we envision as huge sewing needles, like the ones our mother used to darn socks with, being used to cure whatever ails us. In fact, a basic description might be all we needed to inspire us to live healthy and eat our vegetables.

Once we’re over the fear factory and realize acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical treatment that can help improve our sleep, ease our aching backs, soothe our digestion, dull our headaches/ arthritis, help us lose weight, quit smoking and give us incredible energy, that’s when considering acupuncture sounds like a wonderful choice for continual health. The minimally invasive technique uses very thin needles that are supposed to unblock the negative things holding us back from a happy life. A trained practitioner pinpoints the exact locations needed to increase the flow of positive energy and applies the sterilized, single-use needles. Every acupuncture office has a diagram showing the exact location of these ‘flow channels’ that are commonly  called meridians. The acupuncture specialist will meet with you to find out your needs and they will create a personalized treatment program based on your individual situation.

Though the use of acupuncture has become a controversial subject in the Western world of health and medicine, there are many, many supporters and medical professionals, including doctors, who prescribe acupuncture as an alternative option for continuous care.

Unlike strong medications with serious side effects, the side effect most associated with acupuncture is an increased bodily awareness. This awareness, coupled with gradual improvements can feel like a side effect because of the new, open and now flowing channels of positive energy. In Western medicine, the doctor might call that feeling euphoric or explain how endorphins have released into your bloodstream for one reason or another. Since everything is moving again, you might feel tired but by combining acupuncture and getting a good night’s rest, you will feel amazing!

In rare cases, there are patients whose skin feels sensitive and sore for 24 hours after the needles are removed but remember, these are qualified, trained specialists and the needles are extremely thin. 

Your health and well-being begins with knowing and understanding your options. If it has to do with your body, your life and your happiness, then you should ask questions, read all the information available and take control of your health today. 

What do you think? "No way, no how?" 


  1. I thought you did a good job with the article.
    While I believe it works, needles and I don't mix unfortunately. But if it helped you twenty years ago, then that is awesome.

  2. It is a good piece, Eve. I have not done it myself, mind you, but I've not had any aches that went on excessively long.

  3. I find myself on Web MD a lot and it thought your writing was super good.
    I went to several acupuncturist over the span of 20 years.
    Not sure that it helped but now that I have stopped, my last session over 3 years ago.... my health has deteriorated.
    But that might be because of the perfect storm of health mess I am in right now.

    cheers, parsnip

  4. Did it work for the Cowardly Lion?

  5. I've never tried it myself, but I have friends who have, and they say it's great!

  6. I used acupuncture to quit smoking. It helped for about 10 days, but if you don't keep going, the urge to pick up the habit increases. I finally used the patch many years later and it worked.

    If acupuncture had not been so expensive (the Japanese yen), I think I would have continued with it.

  7. I've had acupuncture done once, by this little old Chinese doctor. She was supposed to be the best, and the experience was very different. She hooked up some needles to an electric machine, and she had the dial turned up a little too high.

    Um yeah, shock therapy. Not sure if it all helped, as I never went back again.

  8. I thought the article was pretty decent. Not sure what the criteria was for the site you submitted it to, but apparently this wasn't something they were looking for.

    I've thought about acupuncture, but I've never seriously considered taking the step of doing it. I've been pretty healthy most of my life so never saw a real need to pursue it. Now that I'm on my wife's health insurance I go through the channels they offer. I don't think acupuncture is included in the plan.

    Tossing It Out

  9. Maybe I should give it a go. I’ve been struggling with Sciatica for some time now and the only option I’ve so far been offered is an operation to remove a damaged section of my spine – I really, really don’t it! I bet you didn’t expect to hear about my medical history when you wrote the article! hehe