Patricia Taylor Monthly Adventure AcupunctureThe Adventure: Getting Punctured

Did I ever mention how much I HATE and DESPISE needles?

I would never become a good drug addict, lets just say.

There is something about needles that just totally creeps me out beyond belief. I don’t even like earrings because of that needle thing that get’s shoved into the needle hole in your ear.

Ick. Double ick.

So what was I doing at the Acupuncturist’s office? Doing anything in my power to help the PAIN from my car accident.

What is acupuncture anyways?

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that promotes natural self-healing by stimulating acupuncture points by inserting fine, sterile needles into these areas.

The premise is that our body has two energetic opposing forces – yin and yang – and when they are in balance, we are healthy.

However, if the energy is out of balance, or are blocked, it can cause health issues.

Doctor’s Office

I had a good laugh when I saw the sign in the office that said to check your body for needles before leaving the room.

I thought it ridiculous upon first glance.

Next thing you know, I’m laying down and my body is getting punctured with all these crazy-assed needles. I was reeling with horror at the amount he shoved into my un-pierced hide when he leaves the room, telling me he’ll be back in 30 minutes.

Relax, he said.

But how could I possible do that with the seemingly unending number of metal pieces lodged in my skin?

Needles suck crap.

So, finally, after an eternity of waiting, he plucks the needles from my body and I run the wind to get out of there. And I don’t notice anything different – it doesn’t feel like it’s helped any. I just want to be anywhere but there.

So I’m telling a few people about the sign hanging up on the wall that I took a photograph of…thinking it ever-so-ridiculous that a person wouldn’t know there was a needle stuck in your body when, 5 or 6 hours later, I discover one still shoved in my head.


I pull that sucker out so fast, horrified that it’s been stuck in my head all that time and I never noticed.


What can acupuncture be used for?

Clinical studies have shown that acupuncture has successfully treated conditions like anxiety, depressions, digestion issues, headaches, hypertension, hypotension, infertility, insomnia, morning sickness, nausea & vomiting, neck pain, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, sleep problems, sprains, strokes, and Tennis Elbow…just to name a few.

© Monthly Adventure, Patricia Taylor, July 2012