I know, seems stupid, since my husband does acupuncture. But yrs ago, I cried during one of the sessions and he said it was a bad sign during acupuncture and I could go into acu-shock. I asked him a yr later, then two yrs later ... asked again about six mo's ago. Nope. (t's been at least 8 yrs now since that happened.) Fine, I'm a big girl. I can look up different acupuncturists. I found one only 3 mi away, right next to our veterinarian. I filled out a history form, met him, (very nice, been in practice forever, heavy accent, though, a bit hard to understand) and he immediately told me to stick out my tongue. Huh? I went in for stress, and to speed up the healing of my pulled hamstring and piriformis syndrome. So I stuck out my tongue and he said, "You have stomach problems?" Yes, actually, I've had a stomach ache and diarrhea all week ... He said my chi was low and he could work on that and he put me in a room right then and there. Didn't even faze him that my husband had problems with-me crying. Woo hoo! He put needless on the tops of my ears, back of my neck, midback, lower back, right INTO the piriformis area (boy, did I feel that one), down my left leg and on my ankle, oh, and between my thumbs and fingers, in the flesh part. He also put a heat lamp on me, which was a nice touch, because the room was chilly and I had my gown open in the back. (Do you ever get to an appointment and then think, uh-oh, what color underwear to I have on and does the dr even notice? lol.) He checked on me halfway through. At first, I was nauseated and dizzy, but after about 30 seconds it passed. It took me awhile to relax, and then I had a nice nap. Fine by me! I go again Thur and will go twice a wk for awhile. by the way, I started sitting a couple months ago, so I know I am improving. I had a special wooden shelf made by a friend, for my computer monitor and I stood for well over a yr-and-a-half. But I am getting impatient now. I want to go horseback riding, and ice skating, and garden in the spring for more than 10 min. increments ... husband is going to be surprised and angry. I think I won't tell him right away ... hmmm. But it's my decision. I didh't go into shock, and I think it's better to have an objective, outside professional doing this anyway. Why stress out husband, thinking that I may have a horrid reaction? I'm doing both of us a favor. Oh, the dr also told me to eat much more spicy foods, and much less chocolate. Good grief, I look at ketchup and it makes me tear up. I'm starting with-cinnamon tea, and more pepper in my food.