Through the years I've had some strange/funny/odd queries and comments: Don't you have to be Chinese to do acupuncture? Will it work as well on Americans? Is this against my religious beliefs? (I kid you not!) My answer to the last one was "Do you hold it against your ob/gyn that he's Jewish or your cardiologist that he's East Indian? Come on, folks! This is medicine, not religion - and if you're going to be that narrow in your view, my medicine predates your religion by many thousand years!
One of my favorites is the person who calls to cancel because "I'm not feeling well." Huh?! Don't you think maybe, possibly, I could help you feel better? Sometimes it boggles the mind.
Then there's the person who tells me her MD has told her herbs are very bad, not to be trusted. Excuse me, but according to the NIH/CDC the number one cause of death, in America, for people from age one to age sixty-four, is inappropriate pharmaceutical drugs and/or dosing of same. A few years ago a story was going 'round of a woman who had been doing well with prescription meds, then took an herb and died. Okay, so let's go a little deeper and find out (as Paul Harvey would say) the rest of the story. In fact, the incident had happened 15 years previous to the report. It had happened in Europe. The MD had suggested the herb to his patient, who then took the suggestion to heart and subsequently died. The problems are apparent: there are often serious drug/herb interactions, and the MD either didn't know about this or blew off the notion that it could be an issue.
Oriental medicine, which mainly consists of acupuncture and herbal preparations, is not 'pretend medicine'. It has been the primary medicine for millions of people, for thousands of years. It works on the little things, the common things and the degenerative things. If you have a compound fracture (an obviously broken bone), a wound that is gouting blood, or are having a heart attack GO TO THE ER! That's what they're there for and what they're very good at treating. For everything else come see me, or someone like me. I've treated everything from Aids to (herpes) Zoster, really. This modality is for the life-long build up known as degenerative disorders. It will stop a cold in its tracks, if you get treatment quickly. In most cases, pain reduction is nearly immediate. In the past year, I've seen an increase of anxiety and panic attacks. If you don't want to be in a drug induced fog, this is the medicine for you. When treated by someone extensively trained in this wonderful medicine, it works well and safely.Here we are again - the beginning of another year. One of the traditions is getting back into shape, which may include some form of detoxification. In general, this means opening the body's 'drains', then clearing the toxins. We depend on information we garner from books we've read, information from the internet or the staff at our favorite health food store. We go home with our bag of herbs and get started. After a few days, we feel achy from our head down, tired and sluggish, possibly foggy in the brain. Oh boy! We're moving out the junk! Two hundred years ago, we could lie around with a case of the 'vapors' and give ourselves time to rebound. I don't know about you, but my life is way too full for that luxury. Most of us aren't delicate flowers spending our days in gentle repose. People aren't taught what this misery means, within the biomechanics of the body. Our bodies are busy and in need of support and sustenance, but many people aren't aware of exactly what, or how much, we really need.
Because we, as a culture, have not been raised with natural medicine as our primary source of healing, we don't carry in our subconscious an innate acceptance, sometimes thought of as understanding, of the mechanism, or expected results, of this medicine. The simplest way to look at it is by being aware that modern Western medicine suppresses symptoms, which, over the larger picture, produces greater degeneration into disease The natural sciences correct the degeneration at the root. What this means to you, the patient, is the choice of (sometimes) feeling better for a while, until stronger control measures are needed to continue the illusion, repeat as needed, until you're told there's nothing more to be done; or taking your power back and placing yourself in the process of returning to as healthy a state as possible through guidance and interactive protocols, which help your body release toxins safely and repair damage. This last choice is not always the easiest, nor the most comfortable, but is always the best way to reclaim all that is for your greatest good and highest purpose. A correctly crafted protocol is gentle and effective. In general terms, this means repairing and cleaning the 'drains' (lymphatics), then strengthening the cells' ability to expel the toxins, then opening the pathways, then redefining the toxins for the body's recognition system to distinguish, and finally, moving the toxins out of the body. When this complex series of events is not followed, we experience the symptoms listed above. This is where the licensed professionals have the edge. Our training shows the way.