When I was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis a physio friend of mine suggested that I tried acupuncture to help manage my back pain. She had used this type of treatment on me for injuries during my years as a fitness instructor and I readily agreed. She told me it was “western” acupuncture and I was very happy with the results as it gave me some relief. The back pain was attributed to the way I now walk and hold myself (I’m very tense and frightened of falling).
My friend has since gone on maternity leave and I am not sure when she will return to work so I decided to try something different and I had a Chinese Acupuncturist recommended to me.
Now after four sessions and I can say I love it. This lady has a completely different approach to multiple sclerosis than a “western” practitioner. Although she is Irish, she studied and practiced in China for 4 years, and has really embraced the Chinese way of dealing with illness.
My first session I talked about childhood illnesses and “shocks” to my system, such as my Mum having a heart attack and Dad passing away from Alzheimer’s and cancer, and what a detrimental effect this could have on my energy system.
The acupuncturist also puts a bit of emphasis on foods and what I should and shouldn’t be eating, nothing cold as it takes too much energy to digest, and nothing that falls into a “damp” category, as I am based in the UK and my environment is damp. (I’m certain my MS hates the climate). I eat lots of white fish, veggies and warm drinks, no gluten, processed food or alcohol.
My energy system was very blocked, and my spleen energy was drained, according to the practitioner. I must admit I am not one to nap in the afternoons and am lucky I don’t get fatigued, but after the acupuncture treatment I need to sleep.
Each session, she checks my tongue, and my pulse (the Chinese way) and then does some release work for my blocked energy system and finally the important needles are inserted, in areas I need them most. Apparently there are 400 plus points she could use.
The results to date have been the shaking in my left hand has gone, my bladder and bowels (sorry) are functioning much much better than they have done in the past 2 years and my backache has eased.
I know that this isn’t a cure but if it helps to keep me “going” I am more than happy to be a pin cushion every week, if nothing else the laying on a bed for an hour is therapeutic.
Have you tried acupuncture? How was your experience?
Bev Wright was diagnosed with MS on 14th February 2013. It came as a complete shock as she had been a fitness instructor for 20 years. Within two days of her diagnosis she joined the MS Society and has raised over $20,000 for the chronic disease by running the annual ICE Ball.