A patient came in the other night and was worried because although the pain in his thumb had abated with treatment, there was now discomfort and stiffness from his elbow to his shoulder. Dr Kim had a beautiful explanation for this that really makes sense. Sometimes acupuncture is sort of like remodeling your kitchen, the whole house is affected by remodeling that one room. The furniture and appliances get moved into the den, the dishes and dry goods go in the hallway, the plants go on the porch - just imagine. Same thing can happen in the body, stuff gets moved around. Remodeling takes time. Once completed it's great. After understanding this the patient went ahead and received treatment and afterward was pain free and had greater mobility and range of motion. Also what he may not have understood was that the treatment balanced his yin and yang which were markedly different, yang was three times greater than yin and urgent in character, this indicates a Heart channel deficiency. Interestingly, his heart rate was slow, not dangerously but less than normal, and also irregular, again not dangerously but notable. It was about the same after treatment but he looked better and stated he felt good.
Licensed Acupuncturist, RN, Former Buddhist monk
"The pursuit of health is invariably a spiritual quest."