Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Releasing My Chi
If you are Korean, you may have had this experience. You feel awful, you are burping or yawning and have a fogginess in your head or a migraine. You may even be nauseous. When I was little, I had this a lot and my mother always said I was "Che Haeso" which I think means my energy is blocked. I always thought it was indigestion.
Anyway, she'd massage me in a way to "push blood down to my fingers." Then she'd take a sterilized sewing needle and prick my thumb to get the "bad blood" out. You might think this is some form of child abuse but it always worked!
Unfortunately I still feel like this but the migraines can be unbearable. None of my Western medicine doctors could help me with it so after my panic episode, I decided that I needed to treat this and that acupuncture was the right way to go. I don't want my energy blocked anymore. With these kids, I need all my energy.
Luckily, I found a GREAT acupuncturist in my neighborhood who was actually affordable! She spends a lot of time trying to figure out how to best help me. She's Korean American but uses Japanese techniques. I have no idea what she is doing to me but I have not had a migraine or vomiting incident since I met her. Most importantly, when I lie on her table, I can actually relax. I still feel weird that I am just lying there and someone is taking care of me but I think can get used to it. It works better than Klonopin, that's for sure. If you want to find out more about her check out: www.woodsideacu.com
(pictured above: My acupuncturist, Hyun Lee)