In early 1997, my podiatrist diagnosed my condition as neuropathy. The office test consisted of having the podiatrist touch seven points on the bottom of my foot. I could only detect three of these contacts. I knew that I would have to start doing something as I figured that at age 57 I was too young to have such a condition. Moreover, I was the one who despised exercise of any type. I justified some of this dislike to the bone spurs, which I was developing on both of my feet. In retrospect, it seems providential that by coincidence I went with my wife to visit a friend who showed us the Chi Machine. After hearing about his good experience with the Chi Machine, I decided to try it.
I used the machine every morning before gong to work and every evening before going to sleep. I find both of these 15-minute periods as highlights of relaxation in each of my days. The machine travels with me on vacations and there have been very few days on which I have not used the machine.
In November of 1997, I asked the podiatrist to recheck my neuropathy.
Upon feeling all seven contacts the podiatrist sent me in for a nerve conduction study.
The results of that study provided a diagnosis of a "barely perceptible neuropathy" attributed to my diabetic condition.
I considered this a tremendous improvement, which I can only attribute to the use of the Chi Machine.
I will continue to use it daily for the rest of my life with the hope that I can lose some weight and hopefully eventually overcome my diabetes.
The main reason I wanted to try The Chi Machine was due to reports of diabetics having great results, particularly with neuropathy and foot pain. Before starting sessions with The Chi Machine I was experiencing severe pain in both my legs arid feet. The pain was so intense at times it would straighten me right out for several seconds at a crack. The toes on both my feet were always numb and I had a stubborn sore close to the quick of the nail on one toe of the left foot which would not heal despite regular bathing and application of various ointments and even natural essential oils. Worst of all I knew things were getting progressively worse as I could feel the effects of the neuropathy creeping up both legs towards my knees. It was starting to appear in my fingers as well. Frankly, I was worried because I had other problems too, which could all be attributed to the diabetes.
After my first session on The Chi Machine I noticed immediately that the uneasy feeling in the very pit of my gut that I had been experiencing every waking moment of the day (probably stress from worrying about falling apart) had disappeared. After a week I noticed the pain in my legs and feet had all but disappeared. So had the creeping neuropathy between my knees and ankles. In the first week some other wonderful things happened. That sore toe healed right up. Two other sores in the middle of my back, which I had been suffering for months, healed. Stomach and intestinal gas, which caused discomfort a few hours after meals, had also disappeared. My bowel movements went from strained and irregular to normal. The Chi Machine is not the Red Cross but it sure brought relief!
By the end of the second week I was sleeping fitfully right through
the night instead of the usual tossing and turning like a cork on the ocean.
Consequently, I felt more vigorous than I had in years. The neuropathy
in my hands was all gone too.
It is now the end of week three and I have the feeling back in every single toe on both feet. The right foot is better than the left one but I can pick up marbles with either foot now. I can sense hot and cold in every toe as well. What is most incredible is that my medication seems to be working as my sugars have been consistently within the normal range for days now. This is a real coup for me! I did not intend to lose weight, but I have dropped 3 pounds!
The Chi Machine has far exceeded my expectations! I recommend
it to everyone, if for no other reason but to relieve stress and to get
that warm fuzzy feeling. I am asking: What have you got to lose besides
your stress, your worry, your pain, your lack of energy, your sleepless
nights, your indigestion, your irregularity and your poor immune system
response? I know that a man convinced against his will is of the
same opinion still, however, YOU SHOULD TRY THE CHI MACHINE - YOU WILL BE
SO PLEASED THAT YOU DID!
I am diabetic with neuropathy in my feet and venous insufficiency in both ankles. By using The Chi Machine for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day, the circulation is improving and the burning sensation is almost gone. Before I started using The Chi Machine, I would wake up several times during the night with a horrific burning sensation whenever the covers touched my ankles. Now I am getting a good night's sleep...
I also have to wear a TENS Unit (a battery powered pain unit) for the spasms in my arm following radical mastectomy surgery. When I began to Chi, after much physical therapy and going to the chiropractor, I could not extend my left arm much above the car level in a curved position. Now I can extend it completely over my head to match the other arm. Since I have not been able to do this for eight years, it seems like my own personal miracle. I can also go longer intervals without the TENS unit.
My "curiosity" had me go have my cholesterol rechecked. In eight weeks using The Chi Machine, with no other changes in diet, exercise or medication, the triglycerides were down 34 points, HDL (good) cholesterol up 11 points and LDL (bad) cholesterol down 19 points. Each day I see other pluses so my Chi and I are very good friends.
My husband had open-heart triple bypass surgery in 1998 and also has
a bone spur on his hip joint, which limits his being able to walk.
He has faithfully ridden his indoor bike for thirty minutes every other
day but could not lose any weight. When he began using The Chi Machine,
he lost four pounds in the first three weeks and is continuing to lose
more. Both of us are pleased over this extra benefit. I have
also noticed that he is not giving in to his bad hip as much.