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Mar 17, 2011

Get to the needlepoint! Healthy Living goes skin deep with acupuncture

The use of acupuncture is becoming more prevalent around the globe. Started by the Chinese it is a way to relieve pain or simply to promote well being through the use of thin needles on specific body points.  He has made an appearance on Open Your Eyes, and this week’s Healthy Living, discusses with Kevin Lee, this form of medicine.

Marleni Cuellar reporting

You’ve seen the ads and heard the testimonials perhaps wondered as most have does it really work? Some swear by it and others may believe it is merely a trend but either way more people around the world are seeking acupuncture as a form of treatment. In Belize, one person who’s made a clear public message of the association of Pain & Acupuncture is Kevin Lee. The 70yr old has been practicing acupuncture over fifty years. A skill he learned as a child.

Kevin Lee, Acupuncturist & Chiropractor

Kevin Lee

“My grandfather and father were Chinese doctors. They taught from I was a child. From six years old I watched and they taught me how to do it and the exercise Tai Chi Qigong. So I do a massage that is half Tai Chi Qigong and energy. I do a massage that has an energy push, which is different from other massages. Energy push makes the pain go away quickly.”

The combination of energy massages and acupuncture has been Lee’s focus in Belize, since he first moved here 19 years ago. According to Lee it took one patient with effective results to spread the word about Chinese medicine.

Kevin Lee

“I come to Belize to do Acupuncture.  The first time I come here [to Belize] my friend had some pain because the bone was broken. I did Chinese medicine and use Chinese acupuncture and it helped her bone heal quickly.  So the next time her friend comes with a lot of pain. I did the acupuncture and she said “Ooh!” She felt different, much better. So she told a lot of people, her friends, to come here and try acupuncture.”

Acupuncture has been practiced in China for centuries. This form of therapy is grounded in the theory that there is energy, called qi that flows through the body along special pathways which are called meridians. Practitioners of this form of medicine believe that disease and origins of pain are caused from blocks or instability in the flow of energy. Putting the very tiny needle used in acupuncture into points in the energy lines would then relieve the blockages and restore the natural flow of energy and reestablish wellness.

Kevin Lee

“For a headache, we don’t put the acupuncture needle in the head. We put it in the foot. When we put in the needle, the headache goes. With back pain, you put it in the gall bladder line. Gall bladder goes from here to the head and back. I will look for gall bladder energy line and at a special point put it there. Back pain will go.”

The most commonly encountered fear about this form of medicine is it’s smallest instrument.

Kevin Lee

“First time people come here they worry about the needle but, putting in the needle is not a lot of pain. It is no more pain than an injection. The acupuncture is less pain because the needle for acupuncture is small. Some people don’t like acupuncture, so for their first time, I give them a massage. But the problem with the massage is that it’s a lot of pain. I tell them to try acupuncture because a massage is more pain than acupuncture. A massage will push the pain and the needle, which is small, when it goes in for some people they don’t feel any pain and some maybe feel a little but it’s not a problem.”

While, Lee can offer treatment with only energy massages, for some conditions like strokes, acupuncture is necessary.  Lee’s advice to people who are interested in acupuncture is to seek a professional. Some physical therapists and physicians are trained as well in this form of medicine.

Kevin Lee

“People who feel sick should come. Acupuncture can work. I want to help them correct the problem and not die. If your kidney isn’t good, if your liver is not good, if your gall bladder is not good whatever kind of sickness, acupuncture can help you. I tell the patient you’ll like acupuncture so test us.”

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1 Response for “Get to the needlepoint! Healthy Living goes skin deep with acupuncture”

  1. Sylvia baumgart says:

    Where can I find Dr. Kevin Lee??? I’m in need to get his services?
    Do you have a telephone number or address. Thanks.

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