I’ve had some difficulties with acupuncture in the past but today I went for a session and I feel really pretty good. I was having a bad few days this week, just struggling to put in my four hours of work. I always want to lie down and have a nap instead. And I’ve had plenty of sleep. The usual bleak depression.
So I went for acupuncture. Because it’s stressed me out in the past, I wasn’t totally into it. The therapist did something to my spine and I actually cried out in pain, and felt, man, I already feel like crap, and here I am, in for more pain? Great. (Sample of my destructive inner dialog at work.) So I moaned and complained and told him I need to just heal a little bit for today, not too much, not too strong.
And he paid me the least amount of attention ever – just a few needles. I probably discouraged him. While lying there, I was to visualize sun shining through my head and toxins leaving through my feet, which I dutifully did.
Getting home, instead of the wave of exhaustion I’ve experienced after acupuncture in the past, what do you know, I feel kind of calm. I do another hour’s work with no huge problem. I even cook a stir fry (lots of vegetables, the therapist insists). Now I’m writing a post. I’m so impressed with myself. I don’t feel high, but just like things are OK and I have some energy.
My body is sensitive and I believe I need very small doses of things. Possibly if my psychiatrist had allowed that it might be possible for a smaller than usual dose of med to help me, I would have been able to tolerate them better. Who cares though. With psych meds, you don’t actually heal. I have hope that I can actually heal this thing through other non-toxic treatments.
So I recommend acupuncture for depression. Some of the time. If your depression is like mine. Actually, we have to try these things out for ourselves. There is no one size fits all solution.