Acupuncture usually means stimulating points on the body with very fine needles. The goal is to trigger the body’s own healing response.
But there are other ways to get the same result. Here is an example of that.
In 1998 I got an anxious call from a worried father. His 4 year old daughter had been unable to swallow solid food for two weeks. That’s a long time to go without food for someone so young.
He said that doctors had examined her, took x-rays, etc., but found nothing. There was no physical blockage.
He asked if I could help. Always up for a challenge, I scheduled him to come in the same day. There was no time to waste in this situation.
When father and daughter arrived, I looked for any sign of emotional trauma. That can be a cause of mysterious ailments. The daughter was smiling and happy. She seemed relaxed as she sat on her father’s knee. It didn’t look like trauma was an issue.
We started talking. I asked her what she experienced when she tried to swallow. She said that the food got ‘stuck’ in her throat.
“Where?” I asked.
She pointed to the area at the base of her neck in the front, just above her rib cage.
With someone that young, acupuncture is a pretty strong treatment. Even though she was able to drink fluids, I was concerned that she was not getting enough nourishment to be strong enough to handle it. So I decided to do acupuncture without needles.
I should explain that there are many ways to treat acupuncture points. Heat, pressure, tapping, sound, light and magnets are all used. In her case, magnets seemed to be the best option. For this type of treatment, very small 800 gauss magnets are used.
Based on where she felt the food being stuck, I chose 4 points. The points were on her wrists and ankles. I placed the magnets on the points with the north pole side on two points and the south pole side on the other two.
After placing the magnets I sent them home. I gave her father instructions to notice how she was doing for 3 days. If, on the third day she was not eating, they were to come back in.
Even though I was confident in the choice of points and the treatment, I had no idea if it would help.
About an hour after they left, I got a call from her father. He said simply, “She’s eating!” I think I was as surprised as he was. But as encouraging as that was, I wanted to make sure. So I told him that it was a good start and to call me as agreed after three days.
True to his word, on the third day he called. He reported that the previous day she had been unable to swallow for about an hour. One of the magnets had fallen off. He was concerned that the loss of the magnet caused the problem.
I asked what happened after the hour. He said, “She was able to swallow after that.”
I told him to take off the magnets, the treatment was done.
Two years later I had the chance to see her father again. He told me that the problem never returned. He said she was growing like a weed and was a great eater.
There are a couple of ideas to take away from this story.
First, as mentioned at the beginning of the article, acupuncture points can be treated in ways other than needles. And sometimes those other ways are very effective.
Second, children are very responsive to treatment. They very often respond to much lighter treatment than an adult needs. And even adults have different levels of sensitivity. Some adults respond just as well to a magnet treatment. Some need stronger stimulus.
Treating acupuncture points can be very powerful for healing. And you can get results even without using needles to treat them. Good news for people afraid of needles!
All the best to you for your health and happiness,