On Pins and Needles… God’s Healing Through Acupuncture

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Every Tuesday I take the train to Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto for an acupuncture sessions with Dr. Huang. Now this is a miracle. I was always one to doubt Eastern medicine, figuring it was ‘phu phu’ stuff, involving centering your energy and ‘Chi’s’. Until I injured my hands, arms and shoulder from overuse. In pain, not able to write, paint or bike, or even get to the grocery store without a friend taking me, I found myself in a humble spot with the Lord.

My conventional doctors could only give me cortisone shots and the possibility of surgery, which I did not want. Physical Therapy did not help. So when my pain doctor suggested Acupuncture, I prayed about it.

“Really, Lord, acupuncture? Isn’t this dangerous to do spiritually?”

Hearing the Scripture over and over, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6), I felt God was leading me to try this, so I made the appointment. Wondering how I would pay for it, as my insurance did not cover it, I was offered a 80% discount by Stanford, a welcome surprise.

And so it began. Dr. Huang, with his Chinese accent and sense of humor, studied the practice in China before he began practicing at Stanford 20 years ago. I was a bit nervous, as I did not know what he was doing, placing up to 14 needles all over me, but I trusted God would use his hands to help heal me.

They say acupuncture works for some and not for others, but my very first session, I felt its magical effects. I felt my life force or ‘energy’ as they call it, move and center me. I felt a deep peace and calm come over me. After the very first session, for which he was treating my carpel tunnel in both hands, with pain radiating up to my neck, I was able to write on the computer without pain for 15 minutes, which believe me, was a miracle.

To work on my frozen shoulder, he asked me if I could take a ‘big’ needle. I assured him if I could take a cortisone shot in my wrists, I could take this needle.

“Now don’t kick me,” he said, as He placed the needle in my right shin.

“O.K. I won’t” not knowing what to expect. He turned it twice, and i felt my nerve travel into my foot and my foot kick up, luckily missing him.

“Now, move your shoulder through all the pain points for one minute.”

I did this, and low and behold, all my shoulder pain was gone! I could move my left arm. I was pain free for four days! When I told my orthopedic doctor, Dr. Roh, he exclaimed;

“I don’t believe it, I don’t believe it…but give me his name as I have a patient who want to try it.” I laughed all the way home from the doctors office.

images-2The best part happens while I lie on the table for 45 minutes after the needles are placed in various places. I hear the Holy Spirit whispering to me above the relaxing Chinese meditation music. I hear words of comfort, as He also moves through my soul, healing it from past hurts and trauma. I feel deep peace and calm come over me and all my worries float away. I see Jesus in a vision, sitting at my feet, touching my body as His healing power flows through me. Tears spring from the sides of my eyes, as my heart expresses my gratitude to the Lord for this provision of healing to me: body, mind and spirit.

Dr. Huang puts two needles in my head and he tells me this aligns and balances my energy. Do I believe it now? Yes, I do, as I have seen how my emotions have stabilized and my mind is clearer and calmer.

God works in mysterious ways. He can take an unbeliever like myself and turn me into a believer, when I see His power and majesty move on my behalf. Dr. Huang jokes with me by saying, to heal my depression he would have to sick a long needle into one ear and out the other, to which I laugh. But it is no laughing matter to be able to type this whole blog post, to be able to ride my bike again on occasion and to paint with my pastel crayons. images

God is in the business of restoring broken parts and places with whatever means He chooses. I give Him all the Glory. I share my testimony with you today, hoping you will trust Him with your broken places, asking Him for His healing touch in whatever way He brings it, including ‘pins and needles’. Amen.

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