Throughout my later 20’s, I began to deal with minor issues here and there. Nothing that raised enough of an alarm to the level of shortening my life, but matters that slowly decreased my ability to live my day-to-day life with the ease I should be. One of the implications pertained to my consumption and digestion of foods. Knowingly, I allowed this small nuisance to slowly become my norm. Instead of confronting the issue head-on and attacking it at its core, I tried quick fixes that only placed band-aids over the wound.
Since I decided against any prescribed medicines that would require my prolonged commitment for an unknown duration, I contacted my old high school friend, Jordan Titchner of Inner Chi Acupuncture. I love to support those who I know and see growing as individuals, and Jordan’s passion for the Easter philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine is extremely admirable.
The general practice of acupuncture is to create more blood flow in areas that are not operating at full capacity. With my digestion as our main issue, it was clear that my stomach, small intestine, and spleen were not getting enough blood to process food as the body is meant to do.
The needles were placed into areas that correlated with our focus of the session. There was no discomfort whatsoever during the insertion process. After the insertion, I laid on the bed taking deep breaths for a few minutes. The deep breaths helped relax my mind and muscles which allowed maximum blood flow to the concerned areas without any tension that hindered the process. After only 10-15 minutes of having the needles in me, they were taken out and the procedure was over.
After this procedure, there was a very noticeable change in my body and in how it receives and processes nutrients into fuel. To further help my body’s digestion, I paired it with a few days a week of intermittent fasting – which significantly helped! Overall, this experience provided me with more insight on how our body connects with our mind and everything that we consume or surround ourselves with.
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