Acupuncture, Part 2: My Initial Visit


This is Part II of my series on acupuncture.

After such dramatic testimony from my friend Mary about how acupuncture changed her daughter’s life, I made an appointment. In truth, I felt quite desperate. I could not shake my addiction to sugar—could not no matter what I tried. I felt as if it were impossible to lose weight. (My weight loss journey started with my first diet at 12, and I have never been successful at making a lifestyle change.) Because of the weight, my knees suffered from osteoarthritis, and my self-esteem was a low as a Texas water well.

I am not really sure what I was expecting acupuncture to do for me. I did not have a dramatic story to tell, but I thought, “Why not? What do I have to lose?” So, on a particularly painful day when it hurt my knees when I got out of a chair, I finally called Dr. Bing You and made an appointment.   I was now committed.

Dr. You is a Chinese medical doctor and highly credentialed. He has received a number of awards, and is a diplomat for the American Academy of Pain Management. He is also a certified in and a professor of acupuncture, Chinese medicine and herbology, and works at Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, MD Anderson, and several other reputable hospitals in the Houston area. What I liked most about his practice was his philosophy: Synergy of Western and Eastern Medicine. Continue reading “Acupuncture, Part 2: My Initial Visit”

Acupuncture, Part 1: Haley’s Dramatic Story



This is Part 1 of a series I will be doing on acupuncture. This first section describes how I landed in an office where people stick needles in you in the name of healing.


Recently, I have been exploring alternative health options. After 48 years of living the traditional American life—fast food delicacies, cases of ibuprofen, and intermittent exercise regimes—my body was falling apart and screaming for a change. I suffer from a host of health annoyances: overweight, sugar addiction, arthritis, sleep apnea, and since moving to Houston, a host of allergies almost year round.

Continue reading “Acupuncture, Part 1: Haley’s Dramatic Story”