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Acupuncture and my grandpa

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About half a month ago, I started feeling certain pain deep in my left ear when I ate chewy food , but I did not pay much attention to it until I realized it might be otitis media. Days ago, I went to see the doctor in campus hospital. The doctor said it had nothing to do with ear disease actually, but was颞颌关节炎or “Temporomandiblllar underdevelopment joints arthritis” as I looked it up in the dictionary . LOL. As you may see in the picture below, now I am under a 10-day course of acupuncture therapy, with exposure to medical lamp. Six needles are stick into my body, with one in my right hand and the 5 others around the left ear. At the first time, I did not know how would it feel, so asked the doctor, who responded by asking “how do you feel when you take an injection?” God knows how I feel embarrassed, quietly lied on the bed and behaved well. After 5 days, it seems work for me luckily. That is amazing to me, though I have watched acupuncture treatment so many times before in my childhood.

I recall my grandpa, who was an “osteopath” in modern medical term as his part-time job. But I know he was never a professional doctor with a doctor’s license in a regular hospital. He has never been to a campus even a middle school. And he learned his knowledge about acupoints and all kinds of therapies from his master, also an unleash amateur doctor. He worked on his farm and apple orchards during the most time of the year. My grandparents also kept sheep and ducks, so my grandpa was also responsible for shepherding them and mowing grass for sheep’s fodder in winter. When I was a little girl, I lived in rural area with my grandparents.

 He was kind and well known in our village and nearby villages for his special skills. People would came to him when they get fracture, dislocation or sprained ankle. Then my grandpa would treat them with different therapeutic methods, such as acupuncture, massage, washing with burning liquor, cupping, but never gave a prescription haha~ As he was not a physician. His silver needles are very different from the ones I used in hospital which are mass produced because they are completely hand made by folk craftsmen. My grandpa valued his needles very
much never allow children to touch and play with.
Whenever I watched him treat others, I admired him very much. He was a big hero in my mind instead of my father. At that time, people are simple, honest and sincere, especially among neighborhood. He never charged his patients and only accept their goods as medical fee for their treatment. The goods can be eggs, domestic raised chicken, mutton, a homemade basket or pair of shoes or cigarettes. My grandpa loves cigarettes most.

Having talked so much about my dear grandpa, now I miss him very much, gonna give him a call.  A picture taken in winter holiday with my grandparents. 

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Reply Report Swifty55 2018-4-8 19:49
Your grandpa is a very special person. You are lucky to have his wisdom to learn from. Enjoyed your story. Thanks

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  • Acupuncture and my grandpa 2018-4-8 19:49

    Your grandpa is a very special person. You are lucky to have his wisdom to learn from. Enjoyed your story. Thanks

  • Learning from my students 2018-3-19 09:28

    You are doing good with your students I think.Way to go.

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