May 17, 2018

The first question I ask migraine sufferers when they come into my office is: “In which part of the head do you feel it?” Almost the entire differentiating philosophy of holistic medicine encompassed in one responding inquiry:

There are many different diagnoses for one issue. Also, the same physiological pattern can express as many different issues.

This principle sounds most convincing when read in...

May 3, 2018

Patients often come into my clinic inquiring whether acupuncture can help weight loss, and the go-to response I’ve come to develop is: “Can water put out fire?” It isn’t to sound arrogant or offer some professionally irresponsible guarantee of results, but instead quite the opposite intention of shining a light on the disparity between theoretical objectivity and reality. Acupuncture is medicine –...

April 5, 2018

Most acupuncture patients are not the prototypical, American white guy (even when they’re an American white guy) who refuses to talk about his feelings, chooses repression over expression, and will take from the cradle to the grave every variation of ignorance and denial of the connection between mind, body and spirit. I mean, dude, what does that even mean: Spirit?

Instead, most people who are ope...

March 28, 2018

After freshman year of college my Probation Officer issued me a final warning: If one more marijuana test came back positive I’d be “in violation” and imprisoned. I thought I would never quit weed, nor would I be able to if I had to; but apparently we can do just about anything, depending on the definition of “have to.” I was terrified of sobriety – just not as much as I was of jail. After having...

April 25, 2017

If you begin googling, “does acupuncture…” you won’t make it past the first “u” before Google commits its obnoxious habit by finishing: “Does acupuncture hurt?”

What I’ve come to realize is what people are really asking is not whether acupuncture actually hurts, but: Does it feel like (doctor’s) needles? The answer is no.

Doctor’s needles are comparatively huge in width, as they require a hollow cen...

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