My Personal Experience and View on Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Chinese Medicine has a history as far back as 5,000 years – my involvement in this medicine is about 10 years after I received my first acupuncture treatment in the suburbs of Chicago. As a child growing up in the city of Japan, I was mainly aware and treated by Western medicine with occasional Chinese herbal medicine for colds and flues.
My experience with Western medicine has always been very positive – I was cured from pneumonia twice when I was 10 and again at 11 years old – while I missed about a month of school each time, which slightly threatened my eligibility to finish elementary school. But things worked out and I graduated with good health.
I remember one thing- when my mother treated me with moxibustion (burning of compressed artemisiae herbs) on certain points on my hands for enuresis (bed wetting) I had growing up. I am not aware of any Western drug treatments for this condition as it is considered “common” and “normal” and most children outgrow it by the teens when they start to have sleepovers. Now, I am aware that Chinese medicine including acupuncture and herbs treat this condition quite well naturally and without any side effects.
Acupuncture is considered to be a part of Chinese medicine just as surgery is considered to be a part of Western medicine. When you go through surgery, it is usually not the only method to treat the disease – it is typically combined with some drugs and PT depending on the condition. Acupuncture is similar – as this is one of the five main branches of Chinese Medicine, you will achieve the best result using all of the five methods, which include Chinese herbs, nutrition, exercise/meditation (tai’chi and qi gong) and bodywork (massage).
In my acupuncture practice, I see the best results achieved when the patient combines most or all of the five methods of Chinese medicine. The results usually last much longer and become more sustainable as one continues with some or all of the modalities – whether it is acupuncture and nutrition, nutrition, exercise and bodywork, acupuncture and herbs, combination is countless – though it is always best to do more than one modality concurrently.
Chinese Medicine is considered natural and holistic medicine. It works by supporting and boosting your innate healing system; your body’s own natural medical mechanisms – which are nothing short of miraculous! When one can heal from a papercut, the same mechanisms the body already possesses can heal cancer! But the vast majority of this healing work relies on your willingness and determination to restore the balance or homeostasis of your body where no disease can exist.
Based on experience, my advice to those who want to embark on healing with Chinese medicine, or any other natural medicine, is to really get it in their head that over 90% of the work has to come from themselves. When you’re ready to change your lifestyle utilizing some or all of the methods of the medicine, the true healing for optimal health can begin.
As a licensed acupuncturist, and board-certified Chinese Medical practitioner, I am confident, experienced and well qualified to guide you through the process. I believe strongly in communication and teaching as any doctor should do as the word “doctor” in Latin means a “teacher”. I believe in teaching and showing you how to fish for yourself so that you can feed yourself and then someday, others for the rest of your life.