Pins and Needles

Meridian, Idaho

As you read this Gentle Blog Reader, I will be getting my first acupuncture treatment.

I’m hoping to get relief from pain in my left shoulder blade.


It’s a recurring problem that I’ve finally had enough of so I’m desperate to try something new.

Acupuncture has been around for centuries.

From the Mayo Clinic

Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain.


Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.

In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Some believe that this stimulation boosts your body’s natural painkillers and increases blood flow.

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If it helps, I don’t really care how it works. I’ll just be glad it did.

I’ve talked with a few who have had it done. They report positive results. Not miracles, but improvements.

I’ve done a bit of research. Some people feel relaxed after treatment; some feel jazzed.

I will let you know how it goes…