I had my first acupuncture appointment this week. I went to the acupuncturist on the advice of my physical therapist. She suggested trying acupuncture to see if it would help to relax my pelvic floor muscles the rest of the way to the level she wants to see. I’ve had acupuncture treatments twice before, and I am not completely sold on it, but I decided to try it anyway. It is all part of trying all (reasonable) options to address my premature ejaculation.
It was an effort just to find an acupuncturist. First, I wanted someone who was Chinese, who learned acupuncture in China. There just seems to be something wrong with having acupuncture from a western-looking woman. I eventually found a couple of Chinese men, but one in particular didn’t seem reputable. He had published quotes supposedly from patients on his website; however, all of the quotes had some grammatical error in them that indicated they were written by someone whose native language was not English, and they all had at least one sentence that sounded like propaganda. So I skipped him. The guy I eventually went to used realistic quotes, and I was actually able to track down the identity of one of the patients, so I decided he was legitimate.
I arrived at the office, filled out the requisite paperwork, and after a short wait, he invited me into his office. He asked me to tell him why I was there, and yet again, I had to tell someone I have no penis control. At least this time, it was a man. Then he asked me a bunch of questions about how I felt, and about things like feeling hot or cold, or whether I sweat easily, and a bunch of other things that didn’t really seem connected, and none of them about sex.
After the questions, he did a pulse diagnosis. I have had this done before, so I was familiar with it. He asked me to put my arm out, and he took my pulse, but used three fingers. He alternated between the three fingers, sometimes using one, two, or three fingers. He then switched to the other side, and did the same thing with my other hand.
Then he did something I had never heard of before. He said he was going to do a “tongue diagnosis”. He asked me to stick out my tongue and looked at the top. Then he had me curl it up and looked at the bottom. When he got done, he said he wanted to take a picture, so he took a picture of both the top and bottom of my tongue. When he finished, he explained his diagnosis. He talked about the color, the coating on my tongue, the cracks, teeth marks, and veins.
He explained that both your pulse and your tongue have parts that correspond to different parts of your body. He went into a lot of detail that I can’t remember. I checked some of it out on the web, and you can find a lot of information there. His conclusion was, however, that there was an imbalance in my liver. He said that all of the diagnosis indicated this, and that in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver is connected to the genitals. He said that with five or six treatments for the liver, I should start to notice a difference.
When I made the appointment, I was under the impression that I was going to have a consultation and have to go back for a treatment, so I was surprised when he asked “Would you like to have a treatment now?” “Yes”, was my answer, and he showed me to another room in the office. He told me to take off my pants, shoes, and socks, lay down on the table and then pull down my shorts down to my lower abs.
He left while I did that, and he came back into the room and began the treatment. First he wiped the treatment areas with an alcohol swab. He took a short needle out of the package, felt the top of my head, placed the needle on the spot, and gave it a quick tap. I could feel it on my head, but I didn’t feel any pain, not even a pin prick. He then used the same procedure to put one in my forehead, right between my eyes. He said these were to help me relax. I could already feel the energy moving through my forehead. He then proceeded to put one on each side of both wrists, four across my lower abs, one next to each knee, and four in my ankles and feet. With every one, I could feel something there, but there was no pain. He finished and said “I’ll check on you in 15 minutes” and left the room.
At first, I could feel a lot of pressure between my eyes, where the needle was, but as I relaxed, the pressure went away and I could feel energy moving through my head and chest and down my arms. It felt like a tingling sensation, like little jolts of electricity. I started to relax more and then felt really tired. I almost fell asleep, but I was trying to notice what was going on in my body. He came back, asked if everything was OK, then left again. When he came back again, he took the needles out in reverse of the order he put them in and told me I could get dressed and meet him out in the waiting area. I did so, then went out, made my next appointment, and left.
I didn’t really feel any different after that, and I didn’t notice any changes. I did, however, sleep great that night and the next. I know changes from acupuncture take time, so we’ll have to see what happens over the next couple of treatments. Either way, it was a fascinating experience, and if nothing else, adds another great story to the PE saga.