It's that time again...time to revisit the topic of bodily fluids. Time to put your inhibitions aside and get it all out in the open. Let me restate this yet again, for perhaps the hundredth time on this blog: nothing that you say will shock me. I will never hear anything that will disgust, repel, or frighten me when it comes to your health. I am completely free of judgment in these matters. I am also not squeamish. So, please don't apologize for your slimy, oddly-colored bowel movements. This is the one place where you can share it all. Want to talk about your gas and hemorrhoids? Bring it. Nothing leaves this office, and I hear about this stuff all the time. It's my job. I have heard it all, and I hear it on a daily basis. Come to me, and share the secrets of your bowels. It's what I'm here for. I am the poop whisperer.
People don't realize just how much info I get from learning about poop, pee, and periods. I can find all sorts of imbalances just learning about this alone. These topics can alert me to issues of excess Heat or Cold in the body, stagnation, deficiencies of the organ systems...the list goes on and on. And here's the thing: even if you have a problem completely unrelated to any of these bodily functions, wouldn't you like to have regular, enjoyable pooping in your life? Ladies, how about painless, smooth periods that don't last forever, and aren't accompanied by bloating or the desire to kill your husbands? Your clotty period may not be linked to your carpal tunnel syndrome...but the great thing about acupuncture? It's like one-stop shopping for all of your miseries. You can come in here with monthly cramps, a sore shoulder, ravenous appetite, hemorrhoids, and mental fogginess...and leave with relief of all of these symptoms during the course of a single treatment. I am constantly reminding my patients not to focus on one particular issue when they are reporting their progress. I can't tell you how many times I have had patients coming for sore knees, never mentioning the insomnia that has been plaguing them for years. I don't charge by the symptom here. Tell me what you've got going on, and we will kill a bunch of birds with one stone.
Because so many of you out these are averse to discussing "bathroom" topics, you are really doing yourselves a disservice. So few people out there have perfect bowel movements, and perfect periods. Why not use this medicine to get things moving (ahem) in the right direction?