For several years I have experienced the benefits of both traditional medical practices and alternative health practices. There is a very real synergy especially if you are looking for balance and have a willingness to seek out a wellness practitioner who respects both standard Western medical practices and Eastern healing practices.
I have been fortunate to find just such a practitioner in Kristin Lundeen. She is well versed and highly educated which combined with her talent for listening and asking questions enhances the acupuncture experience.
When I present Kristin with a request or complaint we actually discuss where and how the pain, weakness or distress originated. As client I appreciate being included and involved in my own treatment and healing.I have found that results vary but over the course of the past eight months I have clung to the acupuncture treatment and my time with Kristin as a lifeline. There have been times when I particularly needed relief from the tension and stress that I carried in my neck, shoulders and back, but I would come in with another complaint. Through conversation, observation and touch Kristin was able to discern just what was needed and once the tension was alleviated with the needles my complaint disappeared. Most recently I have benefited immensely from the Acupuncture treatments that focused on diminishing my on-going hip pain. I have arrived at the office with pain and tightness that caused a profound limp. Following the “needling” I was able to walk almost without pain and limping. This particular result lasted for two days. I was able to enjoy the relief while understanding that, in this case, it was not a cure.
However, I have benefitted from treatments that I did experience as a cure. These treatments occurred when I arrived for an appointment which I would have defined as a maintenance appointment. In one case I mentioned that I was getting a cold complete with scratchy throat and sneezing. Four or five needles and I was symptom free and the cold never materialized. In another, I had a headache across my forehead that was threatening to get worse. A few needles and even as I lay there the headache disappeared. In both instances the complaints were just concerns that I had gotten used to putting up with, not realizing that they could be relieved in minutes without medicine or discomfort.
Perhaps, my most profound experience with acupuncture occurred when I arrived for an appointment with a nagging upper leg pain that seemed to have been brought on with exercise. It was pain that did not necessarily respond to either rest or ibuprofen. Amazingly, the needles placed in the opposite foot seemed to wake up and loosen up the area around the pain. For 15 or 20 minutes I lay on the table experiencing sensations and energy in various parts of my body. And, then everything quieted and I became aware that I was pain free. I am happy to report that after three years that pain has never reappeared.
Based on my own experience I would recommend acupuncture to anyone seeking alternative measures to handle pain, discomfort, stress or a nagging sense of being “out of balance.” It will be a life long choice for me.—Penelope Banello