I am a ‘book-end’ war veteran. I enlisted in the US Army during the Viet Nam war and retired four years after Desert Shield/Desert Storm. I was med-evac’ed out of the war zone in June 1991 with a severe bone infection. I have since been diagnosed with Gulf War syndrome, PTSD, and had a bout with breast cancer. So I have had more than my share of doctors with mood affecting drugs, pain killers and antibiotics. I hated what drugs did to me, so I was so happy to discover acupuncture. While acupuncture doesn’t cure things like cancer, what it DOES do is alleviate pain. The first time I had acupuncture, I was in severe pain with an inflammation of my facial nerves that no pain killer could touch. I also was, at the time, suffering from PTSD that was misdiagnosed as ‘depression” (with all the nightmares and flashbacks that that entails). I was a mess. I was scared that the acupuncture might hurt, because I don’t like needles. But I was desperate, the pain killers a doctor had prescribed to me didn’t work and made me nauseous. The acupuncture was not even close to painful. It was like a slight pinch of the skin for a split second. My acupuncturist explained to me about ‘chi’, what was being done and why. She applied the wires all over me, and then turned on a CD of birds singing in the forest and left me in a nice, warm, quiet room. I almost fell asleep! Afterwards I drove home in crazy bad Friday night traffic with heavy rain and hail, when I suddenly realized that the pain in my face was gone. It NEVER CAME BACK. Even better, I felt like I was high. I felt…HAPPY. Not just because the pain had been stopped, but because I suddenly realized I was safe, and nobody was shooting at me anymore. I am not promising that you will have the same results as I did, but I can say that my PTSD was not so bad anymore. I stopped having nightmares and flashbacks. If the little pinch of a wire was all it took to alleviate my PTSD, it was well worth it. I attribute it to acupuncture. Now, when something hurts, I go in for some acupuncture and it works. Sometimes it takes a few sessions, but almost inevitably, it works to relieve my pain without pain killers or drugs. It’s so easy. It’s so gentle. It works.
SFC (Ret) US Army