My therapist recommended acupuncture as a possible alternative to my heavy Remicade treatments, and also as another avenue for stress relief. Normally I don’t like needles, but after being stuck pretty much once a week since September–most recently four days ago–I’m kind of immune to them now. I found a place close to where I work, so I’m giving them a call first thing tomorrow in hopes that I can get in for a consultation. Of course that made me wonder, exactly how will sticking needles into the outer layers of my skin relieve my colitis symptoms and help get me into remission and stay in remission? In Googling, I found a great blog article: Can Acupuncture Help Cure IBD and IBS? from the site Living With Crohn’s and Colitis. It delves deeper than just the usual “yes it can” response, outlining how Chinese medicine approaches diagnosis and treatment: “However, with Chinese Medicine, the patterns are based off of the symptoms the patient is currently experiencing as well as their history, their facial color, body odor, general demeanor, abdominal diagnostic, pulse diagnostic and tongue diagnostic. All of this information is compiled which leads to one of many “diagnostic patterns” to which the according acupuncture points, herbal formula, diet and lifestyle is prescribed. Chinese Medicine is a powerful therapy that can help treat severe cases and help keep mild cases and patients who are in remission stay in remission.” The article goes on in greater detail from there. I highly recommend clicking on the link above to read more.