Once upon a time, there was a cute little princess named Princess Sophia ( THIS IS MY FAIRYTALE SO DEAL WITH THIS DESCRIPTION! hahaha! ) Oh, how fond she is of technology that she flips open her laptop in bed first thing in the morning, goes on using her computer in the “palace” ( office ) all day, and goes back to her bedroom to use her laptop until it’s time to travel to dreamland. One unfortunate day, she felt her left wrist hurting, as well as her fingers on her left hand, and the left hand itself. Yeowch. And only a frog’s kiss will heal all of that. But then, with the shortage of frogs in the kingdom…
the fairytale turned into a horror flick with needles involved. Who can relate this photo with a movie? hahahaha!
Kidding aside, yes, that’s what happens when you become dependent on using the computer – you develop carpal tunnel syndrome ( this is a disease brought about by technology that’s been unheard of before ), and your wrists begin to hurt, down to your fingers, and hands. It’s the most painful experience in the world for me, and I’ve even resorted to deep tissue massages in various spas ( alongside my somewhat frozen shoulders ), and using hot compress every night to ease the pain. As it grew worse, I was panicking, as I was too young to feel in pain like this! Heaven-sent family friends ( Hi, Auntie Mercy! ) told us about Sister Shengrong Liu, a nun, and doctor from China specialized in acupuncture and traditional Chinese Method ( TCM ) of medicine, and told me that she was very good prompted us to book a session with her, and off we went to Saint Francis Natural Health Care to have our accupuncture session.
For our first session, we were asked to fill up 3 pages of information about ourselves – from our medical histories, to present ailments. It was pretty long, but it only takes a few minutes to answer them. As we were assigned to our respective cubicles, we wait for Sister Shengrong Liu to visit us there and ask us some questions ( she can understand Mandarin Chinese and English as she studied in the US ), as she lets us tell her what we’d like to work on – to address our pains, and our problems. Then, she’d ask us to lie down, and start using new, disposable needles and start inserting needles in various body parts.
How does it feel to have needles on your skin, Sophie?
Needles are scary to look at, and even scarier if you see it being poked into your skin. But then, it’s not as painful as it seems! You only react from surprise, and the needle’s already there! The needles are put on specific parts of the body to increase blood circulation on that certain part in pain, and I can only remember how I sighed and enjoyed one time when she poked a needle on my arm – ahhh, it was the most painful part of my body during normal days, and the needle there just made it feel more “alive”. There was sensation, but it wasn’t pain. It was another kind of feeling that I could not quite explain. The needles are just left there for around 45 minutes to work its magic, either to be complimented by an electric apparatus or a heat lamp that would “enliven” that certain part of your body that you are experiencing pain.
As for my carpal tunnel syndrome, look at how she poked three needles on my wrist. Ahhh!!! It’s a scary photo, right? Aside from that , there was a heat lamp that made my wrists and hands feel very warm, and it was really a wonderful feeling, as I feel that my body pain comes from the cold. I really do love warmth.
After my acupuncture session, I requested to have Ventosa, or cupping method done on my back, to get rid of the “cold” accumulated in my body. Let me tell you that they have the best ventosa therapists there, as they employ a moving method of ventosa, rather than the static one! This has got to be the best ventosa I’ve ever tried as I’ve winced in pain during the process, but after my session, I feel as if I’m all relaxed, and ready to sleep.
Well, I highly, highly recommend Sister Shengrong Liu, as I have been to her clinic thrice ( this is a clinic inside a convent, by the way ), and I would have to say that I feel a whole lot better, and my carpal tunnel syndrome and my frozen shoulders have been improving alot, as I was alleviated almost 50% of the pain. If I do this on a weekly basis, then I deem it a good maintenance not only to keep my shoulders and hands pain free, but also maintain good health, as she inserts needles on my head to increase my energy levels as well.
I have also learned that Sister Shengrong Liu’s specialty are fertility cases, wherein she complements fertility treatments by Ob-gyne, by accupuncture to help women trying to conceive the much-needed balance in their systems to go on a good pregnancy, and other fertility cases, as well. I’ve seen alot of couples go to this clinic for the purpose, and I was told that there were also very successful cases.
Well, if you are interested, here’s a list of ailments that acupuncture can alleviate :
Partial List of Diseases Helped by Acupuncture and Herbs :
According to the United Nation’s World Health Organization, over seventy diseases can be treated effectively with acupuncture, including the following :
* Muscoskeletal and Neurological Conditions such as arthritis, Bell’s Palsy, post stroke paralysis, sciatic pain, neuralgia, migraine headaches, insomnia, dizziness, and low back, neck, and shoulder pain
*Emotional and Psychological Conditions such as anxiety, depression, and mood swings
*Respiratory Conditions such as asthma, colds, flu, allergies, bronchitis, and sinusitis
*Circulatory Conditions such as hypertension, angina pectris, arteriosclerosis and anemia
* Gastrointestinal Conditions such as acute or chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastritis and ulcers
*Gynecological Conditions such as irregular or painful menstruation, PMS, hormonal imbalance, infertility in women and men, menopausal symptoms
*Urogenital Conditions such as urinary tract infections, prostatitis and bladder and kidney dysfunction, sexual dysfunction
*General Medicine such as fatigue, tinnitus, diabetes, immune deficiency, and debilitating disorders
*Pediatrics such as asthma, bed-wetting, seizures, allergies
Addiction such as substance abuse of tobacco, alcohol, prescription drugs and food.
Ask me if I believe in alternative medicine? I certainly do. When I was in grade school and everything seemed to be hopeless for my asthma, Chinese medicine healed me totally. Chinese medicine just works slowly, but surely and less damaging to the body. With the effects of my body from my acupuncture treatments lately, consider me a believer, and I would highly recommend Sister Shengrong Liu to anyone who comes my way.
Clinic Details :
St. Francis Natural Health Care,
19 Panay Ave., Quezon City,
Tel. No. 373-5503
Please call in to know schedule and to be able to book an appointment