Notes from the Clinic was created as a place to record my discoveries while working with patients in my clinic, Red Sage Acupuncture Center, in Miami. I have found that my schooling and studying has given me an excellent foundation, but that the real learning happens as I work with patients every day.
Wang Ju-Yi, a senior acupuncturist who I deeply respect, and who recently passed in 2017, suggested that every acupuncturist keep a diary of insights and discoveries. This is mine, and I decided to make it public as a way to invite dialogue about practicing, which is truly a fascinating window not only onto the wisdom of Chinese medicine and the miracle of the human body, but also into the genuine beauty, pain and complexity of life that I see through my patients every day.
I have had the great privilege to work with all kinds of people who come to me with an infinite variety of complaints, aches and pains, goals, and experiences. This blog reflects the fascinating process of walking with each one from wherever they have started to the place they would like to go. Sometimes it’s about physical recovery. At other times it’s more of a spiritual evolution.
I thank each and every person who has walked in the door of my clinic for the opportunity to see the magic of the body and spirit in action. It is a blessing!
Please note that in my writing here, I assume an understanding of techniques, theories and terminology specific to acupuncture and Chinese medicine. In particular, I am trained in the tradition of Five Element Acupuncture and I will reference the elements and elemental dynamics. Readers will find that the information is most suited to practitioners and students of acupuncture, although I suspect that those who are curious about Chinese medicine may find something here as well.
I would also like to mention that most of what I write is based on personal experience, and while I am almost always thinking along the lines of the Chinese medicine tradition, much of it is my synthesis or interpretation of what I have learned and observed within my practice. I have a very open mind but feel it is important to test any idea before buying into a theory, no matter how poetic or compelling or well-packaged it may be. What I write here is more about questions and discoveries than about expertise or answers. This seems to be the true nature of Chinese medicine, and healing in general.
Feel free to comment, or to contact me. I welcome your ideas and thoughts.
Catherine Hollingsworth, A.P.
Red Sage Acupuncture Center
3400 Coral Way, Suite 302