Have You Always Believed in Acupuncture

I was once asked by a very nice young woman if I had always believed in acupuncture.

Here’s the issue for me: Do you always believe in your doctor? In your medications? In your treatments? Do you think what you believe matters? Do you think your doctor always believes in the pills he suggests or in the surgeries he does? Does that matter?

What matters is at the point that I am treating you in the room, I believe that this is the best thing to help your health.

Acupuncture is not about belief. It is a proven medicine. It’s been studied and it is shown that acupuncture works. We don’t know how. I’m not even sure that Western Science understands why but we can show it does work.

No, I didn’t always believe. I was born before Nixon went to China and his aid had surgery in China using acupuncture for anesthesia. Even then, acupuncture didn’t touch my life for another twenty plus years. I do acupuncture because I am a healer. My worst nightmare is to do harm to another. With acupuncture, and a little care, the worst I can do is not help. It’s very difficult to hurt someone using acupuncture.

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