Reduce pain and balance body energy with touch of a needle
Posted Tuesday, August 7 2012 at 18:39
Ketan Joshi would wake up every morning with pain raking through her body. She had been to different medical experts, but none could get to the root of her pain.
The medicine and treatment prescribed would ease her suffering temporarily only for the pain to return soon after, sometimes worse than before.
She eventually sought the services of an acupuncturist. “He taught me about my pain and what was causing it. We went through several sessions and before I knew it, the pain was gone,” she says.
During the sessions, she learnt that it was a physical manifestation of emotional problems she was facing on and off her job.
For Ms Joshi, her stress manifested itself in pain but that varies from person to person.
Insomnia, fatigue or even muscle strain are some of the ailments that plague workers in stressful jobs.
“Most of the symptoms my patients have are stress-related. We do not know how to manage stress yet all you need is to change your reaction to it” says Ms Joshi.
Her experience challenged her to take up the study of the healing arts. She went to the Tai Sophia Institute in the US where she acquired skills and knowledge of acupuncture .
Acupuncture, she says, is about balancing out the body’s energy.
The method stimulates the mental state of a person in a process that involves fine needles placed at different points of the body.
The complementary medicine that is mainly used by the Chinese involves the use of thin needles to pierce the skin.
The practitioner uses the needles, made out of stainless steel, silver, gold or copper on particular points depending on where the pain is.
They conduct the electricity in the body and sometimes the pulses do not get to their intended destination and have to be redirected.
A session takes about 90 minutes. She checks the eyes, tongue and skin and listens to the meridian pulses on the wrist, voice and even the colour of the skin. All the data gathered is used to prescribe treatment.