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Now, the fun part. Fifteen or so tiny needles were stuck into my hands, arms, legs and feet. The first was the worst, I'm told, because I was really blocked up. But I went numb almost immediately, and the rest were barely noticeable—a testament to Michelle's finesse. Once all the needles were in, Michelle left the room to allow me 20 minutes to "cook." At first, the buzzing was faint. But by minute five, I had a full-on electrical circuit going through my body. To actually feel the amount of energy generated in your body is both incredible and oddly relaxing. You're also not allowed to move, so that certainly helped. I was out like a light—or, I guess, I was on like a light, but asleep—within minutes. Needles as soporifics, who knew?

For someone who, as a small child, had notes in her medical charts for having severely injured the shins of several attending doctors who tried to give me shots, getting 15 needles insertions in one sitting was relatively painless—for both Michelle and me. Its a testament to her special acupuncture technique, which is a trade secret that I swore not to give away. But hopefully the acupuncturist in your area will have special techniques of his or her own!

In sum, the goal of the acupuncture—and Chinese medicine as a whole—is to bring you, the patient, into balance, teach you how to stabilize there and then send you on your way. Sounds like exactly what we need to get us on our way in this healthy new year!

As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.

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