When ear acupuncture saved Ashleigh from the sugar swamp.
Ashleigh called me for an appointment. She had won an acupuncture treatment with me in a silent auction one year earlier. I had donated my services for a charity, but never heard anything from anyone. I forgot about the whole thing until Ashleigh called.
She arrived promptly to her appointment, apologetically smiling when she told me that she was very skeptical and did not know if she believed in acupuncture. I could not help but asked her why she came to me. The answer was curiosity.
Ok, that works for me.
I took her history and we decided to primarily work on her neck and shoulders. She then proceeded to tell me, quite embarrassed, about her sugar addiction. She told me her secret that no one knew, how she use to stop at Dunkin Donuts or bakeries buying pastries and stuff her face. Right then and there, Ashleigh came out of the sugar closet, asked for help to crawl out of the sugar swamp. As quicksand works, it sucked her back every time she tried to stop.
I worked on her neck and shoulders, used some constitutional points to strengthen her whole body and then I put in needles in the five addiction/trauma/generally fantastic points in her ears. Before she left I taped ear pellets to certain points on her ear. I used one specific point, actually called ‘alcoholic point’, that works wonders with sugar addiction.
Ashleigh came back next week and told me, in disbelief, that she had no interest in eating the pastries and chocolate she had previously lived for. “I can’t believe it” she told me, shaking her head.
I repeated the treatment. She came back the following week and repeated her head shaking in disbelief. We were definitely on to something.
The question was what was behind her addiction. It is not as simple as a “sweet tooth”, there is typically an empty space inside that has to be filled or emotions that are to scary to meet head on (boredom/sadness/anger/anxiety/you-name-it).
The earpoints certainly helps her with the manifestation (pastry eating) of her underlying problem. We are continuing the work, I do what I can. I am her cheerleader while I strengthen her Spleen and reducing stress, helping her to move past the urge of taking the easy way out and get a sugar high. At some point she will have to make a conscious decision concerning the sugar. Then she really will be on her way.
I need to add that the will and a deep interest in change, have to be present for it to work. For example, I have worked on clients that know that they should stop smoking. Of course they know how detrimental smoking is for their health, but they do not really want to stop the habit. And, yes, that is typically a failing project.
However, the magic happens when the will to change comes from deep inside.