Theory and Practice

Healing Language

Many patients who are feeling ill want to know “what is wrong with me?” And Western medicine practitioners often aim to deliver a diagnosis not only to aid the patient but also to determine a course of treatment. The problem is that this naming can box the patient into the framework of a particular disease.… Read More Healing Language

Energy Medicine

The Healing Witness

In my last blog post, I wrote about some basic principles of energy medicine. Continuing on the topic, I’d like to mention another key universal principle of healing: the importance of a witness. This applies to both acupuncture and energy medicine. When I say witness, what I mean is that your healing process is empowered by… Read More The Healing Witness


On Energy Healing

Lately I have been voraciously reading and studying intuitive healing. When I started acupuncture school, I also started a program to develop my intuition. And for a while, these two skills were largely separate in my life. Over time, though, I have seen that intuition is a valuable skill to help patients be healthier and… Read More On Energy Healing


Do You Believe?

A common statement made by patients in my clinic is “I believe in acupuncture.” This is usually a dual comment that they have seen results, but also more abstractly that they believe in the idea of acupuncture almost as a philosophy of healing. Some of these patients feel that their belief in the medicine is… Read More Do You Believe?


It’s All About Balance

While Chinese medicine can seem endlessly complicated, and the human body a maddening chaos of possibilities, I am constantly reminded to return to the basics. Our dual nature is at the very foundation of Chinese medicine — we rely on the opposing forces of yin and yang. I have lately been thinking about patients in… Read More It’s All About Balance

Clinical Mysteries


This week it happened again… one of those strange moments when I inserted a needle into an acupuncture point and got surprised by electricity jumping out into my hands! It felt like I had gotten zapped with electrified green fuzz. I didn’t actually see green. I don’t see energy that way. It was more like… Read More Zzzzzapped!


Acupuncture for Pain

Pain is the number one reason patients come to see me. As an idealistic student, I thought acupuncture could treat every kind of pain. I still think it is miraculous medicine. But the reality in the clinic is that I need to understand clearly what I can and cannot treat. In order to know what you can… Read More Acupuncture for Pain

Clinical Mysteries

Belly Says Yes

There’s a funny thing that happens with almost every patient, almost every time. Their belly talks. I may be touching a specific point to decide exactly where to place the needle, and it seems as though when I’m in just the right spot, I get a little rumble of acknowledgement from the patient’s belly. Maybe,… Read More Belly Says Yes

Five Element Acupuncture

Trauma and the Spirit of the Points

A friend asked me recently to write about acupuncture and emotional trauma. I’m happy to take on the subject because it’s something that acupuncture, especially Five Element acupuncture, treats very effectively. What is Trauma? Consider trauma as an experience that harms (or threatens to harm) a person’s health or wellbeing. The traumatic event could range… Read More Trauma and the Spirit of the Points