Acu Thank You
By Sara Calabro
I am thankful for acupuncture’s perspective on change.
Earlier this year, I moved to Eugene, Oregon from New York City, where I lived for 11 years. A spectrum of reasons, ranging widely from love to lower cost of living, factored into my decision, making it sound. Still, the inevitable barrage of changes that comes with any break in routine has at times been unsettling.
Acupuncture reminds me that change is the primary ingredient for becoming a healthier person.
Conventional medicine requires us to think in absolutes, to label things good or bad, black or white. We’re either sick or we’re healthy. Our numbers are too high or too low. We’re happy or we’re depressed.
In between these extremes, subtle yet significant shifts occur.
Acupuncture works in the gray area. It teaches us to appreciate context and relativity, to reflect on the small changes happening within and around us all the time.
A few years ago, I whined to an acupuncturist that my primary complaint hadn’t resolved after four weeks of treatment.
“Has it changed?” she asked
“Yes,” I said. “But if anything, it’s actually been worse this past week.”
“So is your problem the same as it was four weeks ago?”
“Your picture is changing.”
My acupuncturist was not concerned with temporarily alleviating my symptoms. Rather, she sought to alter the underlying pattern of disharmony that was causing these symptoms to happen. I was getting better because I wasn’t the same.
Acupuncture, in the most basic sense, is about moving things that are stuck. Sometimes symptoms go away immediately and sometimes they get worse before dissipating. In either case, movement is happening. Pathways to true healing are different for everyone, and they are rarely linear. From an acupuncture perspective, change is the only universal marker of progress.
A college town in Oregon is a very different place than Brooklyn. My context has shifted. My picture has changed. I am moving forward.
Happy Thanksgiving from AcuTake.
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Photo by Sara Calabro