Last night before I went to bed, I tried to put mustard seeds (attached to a sticky backing like a tiny band-aid) on my Shen Men points. I did it because I’m trying to prevent my vagus nerve from getting overactive over the next two weeks. Hypothetically, stimulating this point will help my body produce extra dopamine which should calm that nerve.
I’m generally against taking substances that modify neurotransmitters (like psychiatric drugs and heavy painkillers). This is an interesting experiment for me. Shen Men is used to reduce anxiety, which I’m not particularly experiencing. Any increase in dopamine will be global, so I don’t know what else might happen. According to acupuncture websites, I should sleep more soundly and be more resilient to stress.
As usual, this is an experiment. I’m trying to find a way to minimize the dysfunction that occurs with my menstrual cycle. We’ll see if it works and if it has any side effects.
Meanwhile, the technical information is that Shen Men is an acupuncture point found on the ear. Here is a video that shows how to find it on a real person. I was trying to find mine in a mirror. I knew approximately where it is. I also felt around to see if any particular spot was more sensitive. I found the spot on each ear. Getting the tiny bead on the tiny, very sticky circle onto the correct position and unstuck from my nail was tricky to say the least. I’m leaving this on until it falls off. Then I’ll wait a day and do it again, repeating the process until my period comes.
So far, I can’t tell if it’s doing anything. I won’t know for another two weeks or so if it does what I’m hoping it will. I’m doing this in addition to the metformin that I’ve been on for 2 years and the maca I started a few months ago, both of which are supposed to help with the hormonal side of my menstrual cycle.
- Babesia, chest, 5 minutes; abdomen, 5 minutes; ilium, 1 minute each side; knees/elbows, 1 minute; shoulders, 15 seconds each
- Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes; face, 2 minutes
- homeopathic support
- juiced greens
- artichokes (1.5 jumbo, fresh, grilled by Helen the master griller)
- skin brushing
I had one night sweat last night, shirt-changing level. I slept in a bit this morning because it worked out that way with my sister. It did me a world of good. I spent the last hour of sleep on the BioMat level 3.
I was feeling much better today. I still needed a 45 minute nap, which I took at the same time as my nephew. But other than that, I was in pretty good shape (for me). I feel like I’m moving a bit slowly, but faster than before, and I can still move.
I had back pain when I woke up. And I had butterfingers for a little while. But both went away by 10am.
My finger joints have been hurting on and off all day. Not sure what that’s about. My other joints are a little achy, but manageable.
My abdomen is distended. It has been for several days, even though I kept forgetting to record it on the blog posts. It juts out in the lower section. No obvious reason why. Maybe the leeks I ate didn’t agree with me and this is the remnant intestinal irritation. My bowels continue to be copious and soft.
I’m hungrier than usual, and I’m having intense food cravings. It could be the delicious looking foods made from wheat that my sister keeps in her house that I don’t usually look at. Or it could be another layer of candida dying off.
I’m getting nighttime headaches, starting at around 8:30pm. If I were smart about it, I’d be in bed by now, instead of suffering from the headache.
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