…it was a real discovery. I assume most of you would have heard about acupuncture by now, yes you know the one, that treatment where you have pins stuck into your body. You must be asking yourself “now where’s the appeal in that?”
When I came to try it for the first time I went to the session underprepared with a friend (the one in the header picture). Traditional Chinese Medicine is highly regarded here in Malaysia.
It was very easy to find a suitable healing and relaxation centre just a few street away from my home in Kuala Lumpur, right in China town. To be honest with you, we were both a little naïve and with only a minimal view of what to expect.
That’s why I am here to help you out and give you a few key pointers about how to prepare for your first session.
My first visit was full of little surprises and one of the main things I learned was the various different styles and techniques of acupuncture that were available.
Having an awareness and knowledge of what to expect will hopefully give you that little bit of confidence to go and try it out and ease your mind of those posing questions to ensure there are no surprises when you go and give Acupuncture a whirl. 😉
∴ The main “need to knows”
So before you got to your first session there are a few things you just need to know:
We’ve all done it, felt a bit off colour or sick and then cancelled an appointment. Acupuncture can actually treat more than pain and can even be used to treat your annoying cold or stomach bug or even further medical conditions such as stress or other types of disorders.
You should always eat and never make the mistake of attending an acupuncture session on an empty stomach. Eating prior to treatment, even if only a small snack helps ensure the body has enough energy. This is known to assist in acupunctures treatment potential. If you don’t eat you may experience dizzy spells or feel light headed.
If your thoughts were anything like mine, I was always under the impression that you had to remove your close for acupuncture, just like you would for a massage. This is not the case.
Although Acupuncturists obviously have to access areas under your clothes they intend to ensure that skin is exposed in small portions. Loose clothing is always a good idea.
When I went for my first Acupuncture I was asked a number of what could be in the views of some people awkward or embarrassing questions. Do not be alarmed this is just a simple way for the Acupuncturists to find out more about you your health and lifestyle and what you hope to achieve from taking part in the treatment.
∴ The equipment really isn’t that scary
By my own admissions I take hygiene very seriously and one of my initial concerns was to do with the equipment used.
I had no reason to worry:
- Acupuncture needles are not the same as hypodermic ones they are thinner and more flexible
- Needles are not reused
- Needles are not the only equipment there is other equipment or techniques
- Quite often one treatment is not sufficient and further sessions may be required
∴ How did I feel?
My first session of Acupuncture left me feeling totally relaxed, invigorated and to an extent relieved of some of my pains. I would describe Acupuncture as a pleasurable and easily tolerable pain that after every session left me feeling ecstatic.
So now I have settled your concerns all that is left to do is for you to give it a try. I assure you that once you have tried it you will only want more. Go and see for yourself and you’ll feel that relaxed it will be as if you are walking with one foot off the ground.
Wondering about the edamame you’ve had at Japanese restaurants? If you like edamame or are wondering what is edamame, here’s what you need to know.
∴ What is Edamame?
Plus, edamame is naturally gluten-free and low calorie, contains no cholesterol and is an excellent source of protein, iron, and calcium. It is an especially important source of protein for those who follow a plant-based diet.
The beans are particularly popular in the East-Asian cuisine, especially in Japan, Korea, and China. These garden pea like bean pods quietly gaining popularity inside the USA as well as in some European counties recently.
TIPS: Vegetarian lover? Stop right now, edamame is for you! 100 g beans carry 110 calories and provide 10.25 g or 18% of daily recommended intake of protein.
∴ Some Awesome Health Benefits
Edamame, just like soybean, is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins, proteins, and minerals.Did you say minerals? Yes, 100 g of fesh bens hold 26% DRI (daily recommended intake) of iron, 56% of magnesium, 36% of copper and 73% of manganese. Manganese used by the body as a co-factor for the powerful anti-oxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
OrganicFact shares with us a summary of the key health benefits of consuming Edamame.
∴ How to cook Edamame at Home
TheKitchn lists 5 different and very simple way to master the Edamame cuisine. I personally eat it raw here in Kuala Lumpur, usually in Japanese restaurant. Written this article, I am curious to know how Malaysian – beside the famous local samba and rice – incorporates Edamame in their own cooking tradition.
- Straight up, with salt – Did you know that edamame isn’t just a sushi restaurant appetizer? It’s easily made at home, too. We like to buy bags of frozen, steamed edamame in their pods and just warm it up. Peel and eat!
- With rice – Edamame beans, shelled from their pods, make a quick and delicious supper. Rice is absolutely everywhere in Asia, some of my workmates eat it for breakfast! Back in 2012, when I was intern in China, I even discovered the black rice (delicious btw).
- Stir-fried – You can do many things with those tender little green beans, once they’ve been slit out of their pods, and stir-frying is another great option. Throw into some leftover rice with an egg and quickly stir-fry until hot.
- In a bean salad – Edamame is also great in tossed bean salads, like this Three Bean Salad with cumin, garlic, lime juice, and black-eyed peas.
- Pureed in a dip – Here’s a great way to make a party dip that’s healthy but still full of lively and bright flavors: puree edamame beans with lemon, mint, and cheese into a great snack dip.
Do you have other ways you love to eat edamame? Share them here! Here, too, are a few more great posts on recipes: