Wednesday, October 16, 2002

A body on its 30th trip around the sun

I apologise for sounding like a Chinese medicine evangelist, but I am continually amazed at how it all works. Plus, my doctor is so cool that she came in on Sunday so that I wouldn't have to make it through the long weekend without treatment. And now again, just back from acupuncture and the pain is down to a dull ache in my hips and ass. If I could only get over the excessive weakness and tiredness I feel, everything would be great (Chinese herbal medicine seems to work slower than acupuncture). I swear my body hasn't been as strong since I suffered a brutal case of cholera around my 26th birthday...

I think I just appreciate the Chinese tradition of treating a whole person, and today we talked about ways of calming my mind so that my energy isn't constantly being diverted. My active mind has always been a great strength, but as long as I can remember, my mind never rests and I exhaust myself mentally and emotionally. Western medicine offers up no end of sedatives, but they make me stupid and take away my mojo - and that is way uncool ;) I fell in love with free jazz because it was the closest thing to my mind that I had ever heard, and I find it consoling... So long as she doesn't get my mind sounding like folk music, I'm happy.


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