What do our Traditional Chinese Medicine appointments encompass?

I’m still learning a lot about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), but I wanted to post briefly on what happens at our appointments and how amazing Ry’s skin has been since we’ve had our three visits. To begin, our doctor looks at Ry’s tongue to see if there is any coating on it. He does still have a faint white coating and she has told me that when that coating is gone then he will be healthy; her goal is to get rid of the coating. To do this, she begins with a massage. He gets the massage on his forearms, legs and back. Using two fingers, she rubs them back and forth from the wrist to the elbow on the inside of the arm or from the knee to the ankle on the inside of the leg. On his back, two hands go up each side of his spine fifty times. I know this may all sound confusing, but I’m hoping it at least gives a general idea of what happens.  In addition to the massage, some acupuncture is done on the points that are blocked the worst. He has gotten four needles in his back, for his spleen and intestines. On Monday’s appointment, he also got two needles in each leg and one in his stomach. On the drive to the appointment, Ry complained he was car sick and actually threw up shortly before arriving at the clinic, so she was focusing on his stomach yesterday. She has told me he has bad digestion and that is where his problems stem from; yesterday, she said the car sickness is common because of his digestive problems. It is amazing to me that Ry will let her do acupuncture. The needles are inside a thin plastic tube, which she shows to Ry and puts on him, minus the needles, as well as me, to show him it’s not painful. When the needle actually goes in, it’s not felt, so it does feel just like the plastic tube when put on his skin. He did get worked up about one needle at last friday’s appointment, but it was more psychological than actually painful. She took the needle out and then did the demo with the plastic tube, realizing that is what needed to be done so the acupuncture could happen. I know this may sound like a jumble of words, it’s hard to explain, but hopefully it provides a general idea of what happens.

He is absolutely relaxed during these appointments, sitting on the bed, talking and talking. He is such a chatter box, especially with this doctor. It is interesting- he usually hates doctors, but not her. Perhaps it’s because she’s a woman. I’ve actually only taken him to male doctors, so that could possibly be the answer. Or he may just feel better and knows that the appointments with her mean good health. I’m not sure what it is, I’m just impressed he cooperates. He is also drinking his herbs in his apple juice just fine, in addition to having “normal” pees and poops, sleeping great and enjoying such soft skin. Each patient is viewed as their own person in TCM; there’s not one cure for children with eczema or allergies, so it is important that if you’re considering TCM that you go in to see the doctor. I’m hopeful once we return to Kodiak, that our good friend that practices Oriental Medicine is able to do massages and acupuncture on Ry. I’m not sure if he’ll let her or not because they have a close relationship, but hopefully, because it’s really making a positive impact. I know other things have contributed to where we are at, but Ry’s hands, wrists, neck and knees, even when totally clear, have never been so soft. Here I go again, being redundant, but it’s exciting when you finally see the results you’ve longed for! TCM is fascinating to me and I plan to learn a lot more about it, especially as I see the impact it’s having on Ry. Here’s one interesting article I found on acupuncture and eczema.