The magic of acupuncture

I recently experience an extremely effective acupuncture for shoulder pain. I want to share how acupuncture works and what TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) is; why it is not mainstream (but should be), and what ailments this can treat effectively.

My personal TCM experience

My left shoulder had been aching for 9 months. It began after several months of swimming a half mile, 2 mornings per week. Rather than take pain reliever medicine daily (Ibuprofen, for example), I gave up swimming and began to move my shoulder with great care. It hurt putting on a shirt, reaching across my other shoulder, and sleeping on the left side. Push-ups and pull-ups worsened it too. I could not understand why there was no improvement after several months of restringing. Not even my trusty percussion massager by HoMedics[1] was healing making healing difference.

Finally I found myself in the office of an experienced doctor of traditional Chinese medicine here in the San Diego area. She felt my pulse and told me I have back stiffness. I admitted to her that she was right. “How did you know that,” I asked. “I can feel it in your pulse,” she said. Quickly proceeded to pop in a few acupuncture needles in my hands, arms, and forehead. Then she asked, “how does your shoulder feel now?”

To my amazement, it felt suddenly much less painful and I could reach across my other shoulder without pain or limitation—immediately! That was 10 days ago and it still feels great—only about 20% of pain and no stiffness remaining. How did she do that?

To add to my experience, my collegiate soccer player son recently suffered for 5 months with a piriformis/sciatica condition. He laid off playing and training for 2 months and slowly went to many physical therapy appointments which proved to be worthless. With acupuncture he immediately felt improvement and is progressing to healing. Moreover, his teammate has struggled with Achilles tendonitis for many months and just one acupuncture treatment gave him 100% symptom resolution. Can’t argue with results, right?

I’ll do my best here to explain how acupuncture works, more about traditional Chinese medicine, and which conditions it treats best.