I Believe in the Healing Power of Nature
Since we are inextricably linked to the natural world, I believe in our innate ability to heal.
The early Chinese believed the human body had been formed from vital breaths that resembled the wind or external breaths of the universe. They also believed that the skin of the body served as an interface between the breaths of the internal world and the external breaths of the universe. It functioned as a mobile, permeable boundary allowing the movement of substances, energies, and signs outward from the body, or inward from the larger world.
Health was not the absence of disease, but the presence of balance: in the internal world, the external world, and the relationship between the two.
In the internal world, the vital breaths flow along twelve main pathways, or meridians, which run throughout the body. The meridians are connected to and influenced by the musculoskeletal system, the organ systems, the emotions, and the mind. The flow of vital breaths in the meridians is also influenced by: the climate, the seasons, and the physical environment of the external world.
My work as a Chinese medicine practitioner involves assessing the movement of these vital breaths, understanding internal and external stressors that influence their movement, and inserting needles in points along the meridians and prescribing herbs to remind the body of its ability to both adapt to these stressors and restore balance.
The Guiding Values of My Practice
The lives we lead are simultaneously broken, messy, mysterious, joy-filled, and vibrant. Pretending they are anything but does us a great disservice.
I will intentionally create space to hold the entirety of your experience, however paradoxical it may seem. I fully believe, in the words of Carl Jung, “...only the paradox comes anywhere near to comprehending the fullness of life.”
You can rely on me to be fully present during your time with me, to meet you where you are (and not demand you be anywhere else), and to treat your unique experiences and circumstances with respect.
I believe in Chinese medicine, my role in the medicine, and in your ability to heal.