Sunday, April 21, 2013

Needles and Pins

Acupuncture has been somewhat useful for short-term relief of the distress and agitation of rapid cycling and mixed Bipolar symptoms. These symptoms subsided suddenly with a tiny needle inside the center of the right outer ear (in the center of the dome that is attached to the head). This needle completed a circuit, already laid down by needles at key points in the loop. The sensation was that of a balloon rapidly deflating. The sudden absolute calm was a relief. This calming effect kicked in during the 3rd acupuncture treatment in as many weeks. Initial treatments were helpful but the benefit increases with regular treatment, especially with stubborn symptoms. For chronic symptoms regular acupuncture treatments have been more effective than sporadic treatments, though regular treatments can be prohibitively expensive. Needles leave no side effects, unlike pills.

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