Alternative Medicine?

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Real Estate Agent with Liberty Homes RS-#62825

Have you ever wondered about other 'medical' alternatives than just a regular doctor for something like a thrown out back? And if that didn't work have you considered going to a chiropractor? If that doesn't work, then what?

My husband has something pinched in his back /leg and he went to the doctor. He basically got the "I'll give you a prescription" answer and he told them to 'take a hike' (he used other words). Then he went to a Chiropractorand after four weeks of pain, continuing pain and just a bunch of cracks and more pain I told him that we both should look in to acupuncture.

Why? Well, with all my ailments (too many to list here) I can't have people stretching and cracking and pulling and tugging and Gary certainly needs relief at this point.

I went to my Acupuncture appointment this morning. My first experience.

Ahhh.....Massage....oh, yeah (I can sure get to like this). More pressure rubbing (I like this). Then, warmth (lights?) and little taps on needlesgoing in different spots throughout my back, legs and down to my ankle (for my pinched something that is causing my toes to go numb).

Then rubbing my left arm down to my wrist(for carpal tunnel and thumb tendinitis) with massage, pressure and needles.

I'll tell you this: When all was finished (one hour) I was lightheaded and had to sit up for a good 15 minutes before leaving. The pain from my back lessened. My left foot had feeling and barely any pain with feeling starting to come back into my three toes. My wrist and thumb need more work but he said I was babying it (doctors orders) and we needed to get strength back into it.

So...what do cheeseballs have to do with anything? NOTHING...not a darn thing. But they sure tasted good!

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* Acupuncture is the stimulation of acupuncture points on the body to promote balance of the Yin & Yang in the body. (with needles, finger pressure, heat, electricity etc.) Yin & Yang are the fundamental theories behind Chinese medicine, art, government, science etc.Acupuncture can help in virtually any illness, emergency or chronic. It can be helpful for muscular pain/dysfunction, hormonal problems, respiratory ailments, digestive disorders, stress, circulatory, neurological. In China, acupuncture is used in 30% of surgeries in the place of anesthesia.

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.

 

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Comments (48)

Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
(RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE

Paddy: Acupuncture is used for a variety of things....and glad your cousin's daughter had a normal birth. Both mine were c-sections :) The cheeseballs came out so clear didn't they?

Kris: I wish I had tried this before sucking on those commit lozenges .... I quit Jan 07 after over 30 yrs.

Aug 21, 2008 03:22 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
(RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE

Charlie: Don't drink...used to play golf and cheeseballs is once in awhile :) As of this morning my foot feels "rested" or something. Don't know how to explain it but that.

Jeanean: I'm convinced! I didn't sleep too good but my body feels rested. Weird.  I'm already set for the next two weeks with appointments.

Aug 21, 2008 03:25 AM
Fred Chamberlin
Guild Mortgage Co - Oak Harbor WA - Oak Harbor, WA
Oak Harbor/Whidbeynulls, #1 Experienced FHA Mortgage Consultant

Sally, there are a lot of things that "doctors" don't agree with that work. Then there are quacks. We just have to find the right ones.

Aug 21, 2008 05:47 AM
Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate

Sally, I have been wanting to try acupuncture for a long time. Thanks for the "prompt".  Maybe I will get around to it.  :-)

Aug 21, 2008 06:14 AM
Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ

Sally,

I swear by my chiropractor...I see him once a month, and he keeps me walking and functional!!! Thanks,   Fran

Aug 21, 2008 06:37 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
(RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE

Fred: I agree....just have to FIND them.

Shirley: It's worth a try if you need something when others didn't work.

Fran: Whatever works for you!

Aug 21, 2008 07:15 AM
Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time

WooHoo, Now I'm not too sure about acupuncture but I definitely like the "cheese ball" cure. I used to go to the chiropractor at the advice of my trainer until he ruined my back!!!! Now I've just resigned myself to falling apart.

Aug 21, 2008 10:01 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
(RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE

BB: Cheeseballs are for any ole time :) Will keep you updated with Gary's back and acupuncture experience today....I'm falling apart too...but I'm not resigned to limping around....today my foot/ankle is doing great...my thumb is better. I believe.

Aug 21, 2008 10:32 AM
Kay Bennett
First Realty Company - Cookeville, TN
Your Best Cookeville Area Agent!

I have often thought about receiving acupuncture treatments.  I have heard its a good alternative medicine and this just reminds me to go have it done.  Thanks

Aug 21, 2008 11:48 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
(RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE

Kay: It has worked and my husband went this afternoon and it really helped his back and leg....he has been in severe pain for two months and finally got some relief.

Aug 21, 2008 02:23 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Sally, Over the years I have used many, many different holistic approaches to alternative health, mostly with positive results.  Acupuncture works for many things and you'll know relatively quickly if you're a candidate for it....and Amma Therapy, a form of massage is terrific.

Aug 21, 2008 03:12 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

 

mmmmmmSally I went to Zippy's!   OMG are the napples ever SICK.  I had a coconut one and I can't wait to try the apple.  I didn't expect them to be warm like that!  

There were lineups.... might have to wait another month before I go again.

Aug 21, 2008 03:28 PM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
(RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE

Carole: Oh...we both found out Carole!  I am happy today and Gary went this afternoon and some of the pain is gone...we both have appointments over the next two weeks so I'll let you know more then. Oh...we had some kind of massage (pressure point stuff) and then heat lamp and then the acupuncture...I tell you what I know we looked like porcupines! I'm happy with the little bit of results I got so far...so is Gary. Oh, yeah.

Georgina: You're too funny! The apple napples are to die for!  I love them...you gotta try the blueberry cream cheese ones too....yum!

Aug 21, 2008 04:42 PM
Nannette Turner
Keller Williams Lynchburg - Lynchburg, VA
Online Marketing Home Ownership Advocate Specialis

Sally I have used alternative medicine for some time now.  I don't like doctors.  Won't go unless I am bleeding or can't breathe.  Oh but that is another blog.  Yep, alternative medicine works for me.  I have been in remission for three years now without any meds or treatments.  I could hardly walk I was so ill and a medical doctor told me I would not get better.  I live a very full and active live now.

Aug 21, 2008 10:52 PM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Sally, I love massages, and I go to my chiropractor when my back is hurting. Not too much if I stay with working out. Hey I love your photo, since we are all trying to use our photos we take, that is cool.

Aug 22, 2008 12:27 AM
Midori Miller
Talk 2 Midori, LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Online Marketing For Real Estate Professionals

Hi Sally-we as a household practice alternative medicine.  I am not one to run to the doctor or take antibiotics every time you turn around.  I go through periods where I am stiff on my entire left side.  An ankle injury from many years ago..massage always works best for me, acupuncture as well.

We also take chinese herbs and see a chinese herbal doctor.    I removed a mole recently on my forehead...with apple cider vinegar..imagine that but it worked!  Its interesting because I would like to study herbal medicine and actually become a master.  At some point I will start that education but it is a very long process.

I've had a few severe ailments..and herbal medicine worked for these problems.  The computer scientists has an ailment and the herbal doctor helps him to live with it easier. 

I use doctors when it is absolutely necessary.

Aug 22, 2008 12:38 AM
Suzanne Sands
Pavao Real Estate - Somerset, MA
Somerset MA Real Estate

Hi Sally,

Keep us posted on Gary, now I'm very curious about acupuncture. My hubby has been struggling with his back for years, this might be worth a try. I heard many athletes in the Olympics use this type of treatment. I like the idea of the message myself, but a little tired of the needles if you know what I mean. :)

Aug 22, 2008 01:27 AM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Sally- We only go to our medical doctor once a year, and of course I get my pap smear. But even our medical doctor is a natural doctor. He got my daughter off of horrible bipolar drugs and treated her with diet. We go to a homeopathic doctor, a chiropractor, an acupuncture doctor and a massage therapist.

We take herbs and all natural remedies.

And we now use EFT which is just like acupuncture except no needles and you can do it yourself. You can learn it for free. Amazing results.

I don't even take aspirin or pain relievers. Good luck and I know it will work! Also, you are what you eat. We learned so much about what foods to eat and not eat from our homeopathic doctor.

Aug 24, 2008 05:31 PM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Sally- We only go to our medical doctor once a year, and of course I get my pap smear. But even our medical doctor is a natural doctor. He got my daughter off of horrible bipolar drugs and treated her with diet. We go to a homeopathic doctor, a chiropractor, an acupuncture doctor and a massage therapist.

We take herbs and all natural remedies.

And we now use EFT which is just like acupuncture except no needles and you can do it yourself. You can learn it for free. Amazing results.

I don't even take aspirin or pain relievers. Good luck and I know it will work! Also, you are what you eat. We learned so much about what foods to eat and not eat from our homeopathic doctor.

Aug 24, 2008 05:31 PM
Diana Perez
Majestic Properties - Miami, FL

Hi Sally,

I am an Alternative Medicine major in my senior year despite being a Realtor and like you and your husband, I was fed up with doctors and not getting anywhere. I chose this field to help me after gaining 24 lbs in less than two weeks (a prescribed drug really messed up my thyroid as a side effect). I was ever since fascinated with natural medicine and learned that various modalities in alternative medicine can really help an individual get back to health by simply learning how to follow a healthy lifestyle. Acupuncture has helped me deal with my lower back pain. I go to the appt. and get immediate results rather than taking pain medication or muscle relaxers.

Aug 25, 2008 02:27 AM