Being no different than anyone else, I deal with my share of health issues from time-to-time, whether the occasional cold or seasonal allergies, or just those pesky aches and pains. And besides my own experiences, I have seen others around me go through their own personal health struggles. So I’m no stranger to the treatments available from conventional medicine; both their benefits and their shortcomings. There’s no denying the advancements that science has made, and the benefits that can be achieved through some medical treatments. I have also noticed that there are health issues that conventional medicine seems ill-equipped to handle. In fact, year after year I’ve noticed that fewer of the people around me seem to be feeling healthy, despite regular interventions with Western medicine.
As a result, I began to explore different concepts of health and healing. What I found was nothing short of amazing. Up until that point, I had never considered that there was any other way of thinking about health outside of what Western science had taught me. However, I realized there was an entire world of medical models that viewed health and the human body in a completely different way.
I found other health systems, like Chinese Medicine, that see the body as integral component of health and illness. In this model the body wants to maintain health, and in many cases is able to do that on its own. Even when imbalanced, the focus is on providing a means by which the body’s own capacity for healing is activated. It is only by generating the body’s own healing power that true, long-term health can be achieved and maintained. While the conventional medical model has indeed led to major advances (new drugs therapies, surgical techniques, etc.) it under-emphasizes the role that we play in our own health and illness. Conversely, other models of medicine have spent considerable effort to keep the human body as the central concept in their approach. From this, amazing insights have been found – some of which are just starting to get attention from Western practitioners. The benefits of meditation, tai chi, diet, qigong, acupuncture, herbal medicine, yoga, etc. are repeatedly being seen in research studies and clinical settings.
It was this awareness that led me to learn more about Chinese Medicine. I decided to attend Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City and after extensive classroom and clinical training, I graduated with a Masters of Science in Acupuncture. I subsequently passed all National Exams and am licensed by the State of New York and, most recently, certified in the State of Wisconsin to practice acupuncture and related treatment modalities. I am currently practicing in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Today, I focus on integrating such as meditation, diet and, of course, acupuncture into my daily life that I know keep me healthy. I look forward to working with others who want to take a similar journey with me.