Thursday, June 23, 2016

Getting poked by the doctor

Not me

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
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Life as you well know can be stressful. One of the ways I deal with that stress is quarterly visits to an acupuncturist. I was a skeptical man in 2009 before actually giving the ancient Chinese practice a try. My wife was seeing Dr. Ying Li at Southern Illinois Acupuncture when she was doing fertility treatments for her first surrogacy.

She was so satisfied with the results and the improvement to her sleep, I decided to give it a try. At first I was going every few weeks. Then after a period of time the appointments became quarterly. Each time Dr. Li focuses on a different set of organs. The Summer treatment I just received is for the heart, small intestine and circulatory system. She says it'll help keep my body cool in the heat, which I'll put to the test as my run streak moves forward. The Winter treatment also includes flu prevention. I haven't had a flu shot in years and I haven't had as much as a cold since doing the acupuncture. 

The 45 minutes or so that I'm on the table and looking like a pincushion are some of the most relaxing I've ever experienced. I'm asleep within a minute or two and feel completely recharged at the end of each session. I sleep better and don't get as stressed out, but I still have my moments. Unfortunately insurance doesn't cover the cost, which is $80 per session, but I look at it as an investment in my health. That's a small price to pay when it comes to your well-being. And no it doesn't hurt.

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