Turns out, doing your own acupuncture is not as scary as it looks...
I went to the Herb Depot, a local Chinese herb & supply store, & after looking at some of the acupuncture needles, bought a box of the most painless looking ones...(slimmest, and not too long)!
I have been having some sort of mid-section bloat problem-my digestion was not so great, so I thought I could insert a few needles into the bloat area, maybe every morning, & get things going better...
Pretty easy to do!
I hold the needle above the area I want to go in, a gently push, wait, push a bit more, wait, push till it goes in all the way(there is a thicker top to it, so it doesn't submerge the whole needle)...
It does not hurt...
And after two days, my belly is flattening out!
Before: I learned from a Chinese doctor, that another use for acupuncture needles was to kill a parasitic worm directly...If you feel something, have a lump somewhere, suspect a parasite & have an idea where it is, you can insert the needle directly into it, leave the needle for a little while, & move the needle around a little to kill the creature more effectively...I did this at the back of my neck-felt around really & inserted the needle just by feel...What is cool is the next time I had a bowel movement, I saw the thing I had killed in the toilet! Totally worked!
This reference says you should use a larger needle to kill a worm in this manner...But that requires a little more bravery...
The Systematic Classic of Acupuncture & Moxibustion
https://books.google.ca › books
Mi Huangfu, Shou-zhong Yang, Charles Chace - 1994 - Health & Fitness
Then thrust in a large needle, retaining it for an extended period of time. When the worm no longer moves, the needle may be withdrawn. (2) For heart pain ..."
https://www.nidinidi.ca/blog/october-16th-2019 update: I am such a moron! The needles come in these little plastic tubes...I had been removing them from the tubes...But I remembered yesterday, how they twang them in at the doctor’s...The needle is longer than the little tube...I realized, you hold the needle, still in the little plastic tube, and twang the head of it, and the tube keeps it straight, and it pokes easy and fast into your skin lightly...Then you remove the tube, and can push it the rest of the way in...Tried it yesterday...Wayyy easier than me pushing the needle in myself directly...Anyways...My belly is getting nice and flatter...I will add this and a newer picture to the blog post...Like, for two years I could not understand why I had a muffin top belly...Three days now of five little needles, and boom, it is all flattening out! Acupuncture is amazing! Just, I am getting cheap cause I probably have spent way too much on cancer treatments already...Judging from my credit card debt!