Acupuncture – During my stint as a glass artist in the 1980s, I became very ill and my body began to rebel. I was no longer able to breathe normally. Turning into Darth Vader in my 30s, I was wheezing and fighting to catch my breath. At least once a week I was in the Urgent Care waiting room hoping for relief. Western medicine could not help me. All it provided was a diagnosis of asthma and an inhaler. Thankfully my friend Edie dragged me to an old Chinese doctor who poked me with needles and gave me a bag of stinky herbs, sea shells and twigs to brew into tea (which made me gag). It worked, and I was able to breathe naturally again. I had to learn more about it.
A few years later, my friend passed away at an early age due to cancer. This impacted me on such a deep level that I decided to become an acupuncturist. Thus began my journey as a medicine woman.
Acupuncture and traditional Chinese Medicine has been around for more than 3,000 years. This ancient system of medicine is used to help balance disorders of the body and mind by approaching the person as a whole, as a body of energy. Body and mind are not separated in Chinese medicine as they are in western medicine.
Herbal Medicine – Herbal medicine is one of the oldest types of medicine, with branches throughout the ancient world, from China to Egypt, South America to the Nordic lands. The quality of commercial herbal medicines can vary greatly. From low-to-no potency herbs sold at drugstores to highly potent extracts sold professionally. Though it is more in keeping with nature, herbal medicine can still be dangerous. Please make sure you consult with a trained herbalist before taking herbs.
Books & Websites
Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine by Harriet Beinfeld, L.Ac, & Efrem Korngold, L.Ac.
The Web that Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine by Ted Kaptchuk, OMD
Healing With Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford
Find a licensed acupuncturist: Acufinder www.acufinder.com