The overwhelming response I get when I say I’m an acupuncturist is:
“So…you stick needles in people?”
I bet that ten years ago my response would have been identical. Yes, I do place needles in people. There is rhyme and reason, science and art to it–but it’s only part of my job. In reality, it takes only about 5-10 minutes of the appointment. If we weren’t so consumed by the very technical aspects of our professions, I’d be better to advertise myself as “listener and confidant,” “health mentor,” and “happy, balanced living advocate.”
My mission is to demystify Chinese medicine and educate our community about all that it can offer. There is much more to this medicine than needles. Chinese medicine sees the body as a whole working system; no part independent of any other. Symptoms, illness, and health are understood quite differently by Chinese medicine than its biomedical counterpart. This allows for thorough, personalized, patient-centric care that brings the entire system back to balance.
What I find to be most remarkable about Chinese medicine is that it harnesses the body’s ability to heal itself. If there’s magic involved – that’s it. While an acupuncturist facilitates the healing process, the body is at work to correct its own form and function. These days, people are less and less involved in their health, often handing the reigns over to someone else. I work to reestablish healthy lines of communication within the body and to empower you to take charge of your health.
For a more in-depth discussion about acupuncture, read Acupuncture Defined – Decoded – Demystified.