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Pearl Sun

Last fall, Jo Ann and I began to experience the geriatric aches and pains so commonly shared and so frequently discussed in these parts and in our age group. She had osteo arthritis in her right knee. It hurt so that she had trouble sleeping at night. I had bad shoulder pain that never seemed to go away. Visions of brand new knees and shoulders danced in our heads, It was not a pretty sight.

Then Pearl Sun came into our lives.

I’ve been intrigued by acupuncture for years but never even gave a thought to trying it out. Seems so unAmerican. We just don’t do that sort of thing. Or, if we do, we don’t talk about it. Kind of like being a Democrat.

We were quite surprised when our eldest son told us the story of taking his African Grey Parrot to an animal acupuncturist after his veterinary had given up on the poor bird’s painful, constant violent trembling. It was either put the bird down or find something new. One treatment from the acupuncturist and the bird was well! No recurrence. Animal acupuncture is becoming increasingly popular.

Then we watched a program on television in which brain surgery was carried out with acupuncture as anaesthetic. The patient came through just fine. That kind of thing gets your attention.

Anyway, I decided to give it a try. I was tired of hurting and was ready to try anything.

I found Pearl’s name in the yellow pages. She seemed well qualified and her office was close to our home. I met her, talked the situation over and had a treatment. Within an hour my pain was 90% gone. After a second treatment, only a slight soreness remained. After a third, I was, and am, as good as new.

Jo Ann decided to try it out herself. Same result. Knee pain completely gone. Sore legs took another treatment, but she is now pain free too.

It’s as simple as that. We were hurting then and now we aren’t. Sounds like it’s straight from the New Testament. But it’s just us.

I’m going to follow up on this Journal later with a bit more
information. Here is an encyclopedia article that you might want to click on if you would like to dig a bit.


4 responses to “Pearl Sun

  1. Roger Bourland March 16, 2006 at 4:09 pm

    I love it!
    It was actually Giaco, the Italian Greyhound dog that had the neurological problems. He couldn’t stand up. Just shook profoundly for 2 weeks until…

  2. citrus March 17, 2006 at 7:54 am

    Better a dog. Always. Oddly, acupuncture has been successfully used on all animals for centuries. It isn’t easy to imagine.

  3. Bud Jackson March 19, 2006 at 4:46 am

    Hi Roger, Interesting concept…you hit my hot button with the acupuncture entry. Barbara has serious back pain for which there is no surgical solution. We have used pain clinics with minimal success and thought about trying acupuncture. Your comments might just push her over the edge and get her to try it. Thanks for giving me access to your journal….Bud

  4. citrus March 19, 2006 at 5:12 am


    Thanks for reponding. I would certainly recommend giving it a try. Pearl Sun certainly helped both of us. Seems each pain-free morning is a miracle. She does a free consultation and isn’t at all commercial. Delightful, calm lady. The needles are wondrously painless. Restful hour.


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