I was sitting on the medical table and they were running tests on me. However, I was not in any major, imminent health danger. A supervisor and his student, a lovely pupil at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine(SIOM), were testing my qi flow and pulses and deducing what points to place the acupuncture needles. This was my first acupuncture experience, and I was kind of nervous.
They decided to that I had a lung/kidney imbalance and poked a few needles into me. I was told that my lung qi is kind of “sticky” and this could be caused by anxiety and depression. I was not very surprised about this, as depression and anxiety are two things I have been battling since adolescence. I have even been medicated a couple times, but Yi Ren Qigong and meditation has helped me keep my symptoms under control and I no longer take meds for the aforementioned ailments.
I sat on the table for about 30 minutes with the needles in me and I immediately felt the needles “talk” to each other. I was told that my qi was pretty active, which is a good sign. As I sat there, thoughts about my issues started to swim in my mind. It was if the qi was making it very apparent what I needed to work on, and that acupuncture would be part of the tools to fix my issues of anxiety and depression.
According to many qigong instructors, including Yi Ren Qigong teacher Brendan Thorson, acupuncture is part of three practices in Chinese Medicine that can lead to a healthier, happier life. Those are qigong, acupuncture and Chinese herbs.
With regards to Chinese Herbs, after my treatment—after which I felt calmer and also a bit out of it, which is normal for a person’s first treatment— the lovely acupuncturist who is also trained in Chinese Medicine, gave me four bags of herbs to consume over the next couple of weeks, after which, I was told to come back and get another evaluation, and if there are any changes, then the mixture of herbs would be adjusted. Needless to say, I was very excited to be getting treatment for my issues, and Chinese herbs and acupuncture help. I have been practicing qigong for nearly five years now, tried Chinese herbs a couple times and enjoyed them, but this is the first time I have done all three: qigong, acupuncture and Chinese herbs. I definitely notice that doing all three has a stronger effect in balancing the body’s qi and in turn my mental clarity.
This is your Peaceful Warrior, suggesting that if would like to complement your Yi Ren Qigong practice with something beneficial that could speed up your progress, give acupuncture and Chinese herbs a try: you may be happy you did…