HOLY COW would you ever think of putting a toothpick into your skin as
a way to relieve PAIN??
I saw this article and just sat there with my mouth open.
"In the simulated acupuncture group, practitioners mimicked needle acupuncture
 by using a toothpick in a needle guide tube — poking at traditional pressure points
without breaking the skin.
Participants received 10 treatments over seven weeks, at the end of which
dysfunction and symptom scores improved equally among the three treatment
arms."But the real surprise was that acupuncture was effective even when
the treatment didn’t break the skin. "It’s not necessary to penetrate
the skin. There’s no advantage to tailoring and no advantage to
using a needle. Why?" Cherkin said. "It throws open the question of how does this work."
There are no answers to that question yet, but some theories persist.
It’s possible that the "superficial" acupuncture still kicks off a cascade
of physiological processes that result in relief, the authors wrote.
Or the benefit may come from "nonspecific effects such as therapist conviction [or]
patient enthusiasm" WHO KNEW you could get relief from pain without
puncturing the skin with a needle. I would try it!
I put this here on my space because I myself have used ACCUPRESSURE for
years. I took classes at the local community college in Ca. when I lived
there. The woman sold us a book that went with the classes. She taught us
how to use our fingers, rubber balls, and items like pencil erasers and
such to use for pain relief.  T H E Y   W O R K  !!  As long as you are putting
the correct pressure on the correct pressure point then you will get relief most all
the time. I use a rubber ball a lot. I have two. They have just the right
amount of give to not be painful. I paid 79 cents way back when…
if I lost them I would go out and buy them again if I could find them. They
work wonderfully. I highly recommend using accupressure for just about everything
that gives you pain and discomfort. Easy to do and it works too.. can’t ask for
better than that. NO needle acupuncture well that is something I wouldn’t mind
looking in to. Toothpicks are really cheap and I could learn to do it
myself. It may sound wierd, but I bet it works.
 (Now back to our regular blog format..Smile)  LOL
Yes indeed the gas station was busy, the store ws busy. the post office
was busy. you would’ve thought there was a run on everything
Tuesday. Some days are just like that I guess. I know a big storm front is coming and
lots of people lay in their staple supplies before one hits. Never hurts to be
ready, I say. Didn’t get much done in the garage yesterday, after mowing
I was too tired to move stuff around. I did manage to trim our quince bush
some. That 8 inches of snow we had fell right into the middle of the tree
or bush and now it is low to the ground and fuller than it was in the winter
time. Limbs were so low I could hardly mow under it. Very unusual. It is nearly
in full bloom . The frost  YES I SAID FROST .. we had for two nights
in a row doesn’t look like it did too much damage to it. The peony bushes, however,
are drooping some. Time will tell if they even bloom this year at all.
Well nothing much more from here..



I was a caregiver for the elderly on and off for over 30 years.I am now retired and enjoying a new life. I love blogging and have kept a personal journal for 40 years. I enjoy the freedom of being creative and interacting with the millions of other bloggers in the world.I love learning the new things that the computer world has to offer. I have made friends that will last a lifetime blogging, something I never ever thought would happen. I hope you enjoy my blog,and will continue to visit me in the future.

12 responses »

  1. I would be very interested in accupressure and I will google it to find out more.Your storms that are coming are located over me right now.Hugs to you and mom.

  2. I have issue with someone sticking needles in my body but the toothpick accupuncture sounds interesting. I will have to do some more investigating. Thanks for the good information.

  3. I too hate needles , so toothpicks huh? I cut grass yesterday too, it’s cool here but no frost! Gas went up to $2.49 here and I heard on tv it’s because of Memorial Day weekend.?? Why do they do that? I’ve got some flowers to plant so you have a great Wednesday too. Hugs, Pat

  4. I actually heard about the toothpick therapy on the radio yesterday for back pain. I think the pressure point therapy works almost as well—sometimes they heat the needles in regular acupuncture. Well, if it works with toothpicks, I say give it a try! Gas is up to $2.59 here…

  5. How interesting. Had no clue you could get relief without puncturing your skin…..and toothpicks instead of needles sounds good to me. I wonder if Toodie could get some relief from accupressure? Have a beautiful hump day yourself!

  6. It’s all in what the mind thinks, isn’t it..regarding the blind study and the participants thinking the toothpick was a needle. They assumed pain relief and they GOT pain relief.I really truly need to look into accupressure for my back. Thanks Sis. I mean it..I will reseach to see if I am able to apply the pressure myself.

  7. I would far rather go with pressure rather than puncture! I don’t have chronic pain though but have had issues with my back that I’ve used various things to get relief from the pain. Our weather has been really nutty too. I think it’s been about as up and down with the temperature as I’ve ever seen it and it does effect how things bloom and grow. I’m ready for some consistently nice weather. Have a blessed day.

  8. I’ve always been fascinated with accupuncture and this is really an interesting study. You’ll have to keep us posted on whether you can do it to yourself or not.

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