Yesterday I went to Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies (www.acuherbals.com
) which is located in St. Petersburg, FL and had my first ever Acupuncture session. I've had digestive problems as well as muscle spasm problems for the last 13 years and thought I'd give it a try. It was a very interesting experience. I first listened to Bob talk about how energy flows through the body and the concepts behind Acupuncture. Bob was full of all sorts of interesting knowledge, it was an interesting conversation. He then taught me a breathing exercises which is sometimes called "stomach breathing", it is supposed to help regulate your the CO2 in the body. Then we moved on to the actual acupuncture. The first pin he placed in my left leg below my knee, this first pin felt like a bee sting. I could feel energy radiating from that point and almost causing a cramp in my leg,... after he placed some other pins in my leg then the pain disapated. It just happens that the first area that he put a pin in happens to be connected with the intestinal energies. So I guess I had alot of Qi got stuck and needed to get it flowing. He then proceeded to place pins in about 22 different places on my body, one being in my left ear. This particular pin helped me calm down, I was shaking at one point and alot of energy was moving around. My wife was there to witness this and she said that one pin was really shaking on my stomach. This one settled down after a few minutes. After 20 minutes my body felt heavy and it felt like I'd had 22 shots of novacaine. My body was numb, there was no pain. By the way, only 2 pins had noticable pain - the one in my left leg and the one in my left ear. After being on the table (face up) for about 30 minutes I was able to get up and I felt "light-headed". I did feel like I had a buzz, I felt very calm in the evening and had dinner with great digestion. I took home with me a herbal supplement that helps with calming the system. Well that's it for the first visit. I'll do another posting regarding any noted improvements in health.