I owed you this update on my health for a while. I know you get a lot of people saying how quick they recover from pain or illness due to acupuncture and herbs; I thought you might like to know the other side of the story, for me this battle has been long and slow.
I was not cured in 1 treatment, my pain did not decrease by 50% on the first visit and I often wondered why you did not give up on me during this time. I would see others in the treatment room state how their pain dropped 30% and remained dropped until the next visit or they had only seen you 3 times and were already feeling better even by small amounts of 5 or 10%. How I longed to be like the people on the “You tube” videos whose pain dropped by 5% each visit or 10 treatments and the pain was 90% gone!
I was not one of those people, after 5 treatments, my pain had not decreased at all—not by 1% and I was worried that you would say there is nothing you can do and release me as a patient. I kept wondering how come others respond so quickly and why I hadn’t seen any improvement. I was watching ladies get pregnant who thought they never would, the sick get healthy and others people’s pain drop to nothing and there I was stuck full of needles and not progressing. It was probably not until treatment 7 that I noticed any improvement in my pain and even that was minimal. Over the next few treatments the pain would drop a few percent, but return after each appointment. I expected a big speech from you stating that you have done everything and I need to try something different. It did not come because as you kept explaining (and the words finally sunk into my head) that therapy takes time. Not everyone sees results overnight and some conditions such as mine take a lot longer to heal then others. While the condition was acute in nature, my body reacted as if I experienced the pain for years. I saw you regularly for several months with your loving and caring attitude towards my health. I just wanted to end the pain. You wanted to fix the issue which would end the pain. At some point probably after a good 15 or 20 treatments the pain finally starting to reduce and I finally got what you said. 10-20 treatments are just the beginning not the end. The pain was dropping slowly and not at all steadily, but it was improving. I know the longer I keep at the acupuncture, the more the pain will disappear totally over time. It took a good 4 to 5 months to end the pain I experienced on a daily basis but I do live pain free now.
Thank you for keeping up the good fight to get me pain free.
We quickly judge failure or success based on limited time frames. We want results not just now but yesterday; if something takes time and energy; we often don’t put forth the effort.
I came to you with a severe case of pneumonia and a sinus infection which 10 days of antibiotics should have cured; this turned into 20 days on antibiotics and no improvement. I thought alternative medicine would be the great quick fix. You explained up front this is not a quick fix but therapy and we would be healing my body of the root causes of the diseases. I thought great; fix me up quick and I will be on my way with my life, no longer down and dealing with side effects of antibiotics; as you can read—I did not want to hear what you said about therapy, I wanted the quick fix like everyone else. In my mind I thought 1 or 2 treatments and boom all better. This was what I heard (well not sure from where), but everyone knows this stuff just works really fast and takes very little time and I would get all better without any real effort on my part. Then it reality hit me…….
The first treatment for the pneumonia and sinus infection showed no improvement at all; I was still coughing, congested, wheezing and feeling really ill. You said to give it a few more treatments and also discussed herbs with me; I agreed to take the herbs as well. From treatments 2 to about 8; there was almost zero improvement, in fact I seemed to be getting worse and went back to the doctor who only said; more antibiotics but since I had already been on them for 20 days, I did not think another round would help much.
You treated me again with more needles and more herbs determined to get me healthy. The truth started sinking in that my health would take time no matter how I tackled it. I could give up the herbs and acupuncture, go back to the doctor and get more antibiotics which gave a ton of side effects and probably at this rate take another month or two at least to improve my health or I can keep coming for acupuncture. I experienced no side effects from the herbs or acupuncture and enjoyed the nap I was getting each time I came in and decided to try it a while longer. Then about the 10th treatment I noticed I was a little better, it was getting easier to breathe again and my congestion had lessened. This was an extremely slow, uphill battle the entire way with very slow and incremental improvements. I think by the time we did treatment 20 I was starting to feel a little more human. It was probably close to 30 treatments before I was over the pneumonia and sinus infection. Then I was on herbs for several more months and saw you in maintenance mode for a while to keep my immune system strong.
Thank you for your diligence in keeping me healthy and encouraging me on the long journey!
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