Oh, sorry, I forgot to remind you of who I am. Or was. I used to be Merci, but I might have forgotten and borrowed another woofie's name.I'm pretty sure I'm who I think I am, though. If not, let's just pretend..
A couple weeks ago we interviewed ex-Presidential candidate Cheysulli for Mousebreath magazine. Her human trained to use those long acupuncture needles and she gave us some interesting information. We put it in a new post form so we wouldn't forget to add it to our own post on the interview. However ... sigh!
To put the information in persepective, the Funny Farmer Felines asked Chey -
Your mom has worked with Acupuncture. Has she ever used it on all of you? For any particular disorder … um, illness? And, Chey, in your case, was this before or after you began to have problems with the law? In other words, what affect does acupuncture have on the feline mind? We’ve heard it can relax one, so we figure this was a sneaky method of curtailing your adventurous side before you ended up in prison for the remainder of your nine lives.
You can read Chey's answer in the interview (link above). Chey's mom (the Woman) added -
Acupuncture can help people with mood disorders like anxiety and depression. It is not, however, a pill like Prozac that just takes it away. If there are issues to be resolved, they will still need to be resolved. If a person is anxious with good reason to be anxious, the acupuncture may make them more able to deal with the anxiety but it does not change the outward situation. A really great program called Acupuncturists Without Borders works with acupuncturists who travel to disaster areas and give treatments. In Haiti, after the earthquake, they were in a tent doing ear needles with people who had lost limbs and were dying. There was a lot of screaming and crying. After the needles were in, the tent was silent. Relatives who were caring for their injured family were saying this was the first time many of them had slept since the quake. It was hugely powerful and profound, and the healing went way beyond the expectations of the practitioners.
It's a small charity that does rely on donations, so if you are so inclined, they can use your support. They've been to tornado areas, they've been to Aurora CO and many major disaster areas. The idea was born of acupuncturists wanting to find a way to help after Katrina. In addition to sending people to disaster areas, they also help acupuncturists under their non profit status set up non profit centers for veterans suffering from PTSD, where they can give away their services or serve for donations only.
So yes, acupuncture affects the mind--but in a good way.
We think any group of humans who will volunteer their time to help others is worth a mention, even on a pet blog. And thanks Chey's mom for this information. There might be some humans interested in trying something new for stress or depression.
Prayer request: Katie is having eye surgery for a detached retina today. We hope the surgery goes well and is successful.
Furriends of the CB auction for Zoolatry is still on. Khyra and her mom donated a transport to be dedicated to the winning bidder. Jewelry, clothing, cat items, Peggy's blankies, 40 Paws' ham-micks. Lots of good items to check out.
Okay, I think that's all I need to post today. If I forgot anything, don't blame me, blame Jan. I just know somehow it has to be her fault! We Funny Farmers all had a good memory till we met her.