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Catherine Leary was living a life of constant pain and sorrow Even after a year and a half after her tragic car accident she was unable to sit up without support lie down on her stomach or even stand up for five minutes She was prescribed numerous painkillers but they only made matters more complicated Yes they eased the pain slightly but she was left feeling dizzy nauseated and uncomfortable with massive headaches She was desperate to try anything to help her do day to day activities and she knew she could never ride horses again It was not until Ms Leary heard of acupuncture that she found hope The idea of the procedure scared her and it was expensive considering her medical insurance would not pick up the expense She soon discovered her money and fears were well worth the investment After treatments she began to notice miraculous improvements and began to take control of her life She weaned herself off the pain medicine and began moving for herself again Kanigel 47 Acupuncture preformed by inserting tiny needles into the skin at predetermined points is a relatively old practice Its written records date back as far as 200 to 100 BC in the writings of Chin Su Wen Yellow Emperors Classic of International Medicine and the Shi Ju Book of History Cook 55 Since it has been used throughout China Japan Korea and most other oriental countries NIH Consensus 504 For centuries this technique was undiscovered to Europe and the Americas It was not until President Nixon visited China for political reasons that acupuncture caught US attention NIH Consensus 504 Chinese theory of acupuncture is based on the idea that there is a pattern of energy flow throughout the body that are essential for good health NIH Consensus 503 This energy flow is named Qi and is pronounced Chee Schultz 59 It is believed pain and disease result when the flow of Qi is
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