Never Stop Being Curious
I think I came out of the womb asking questions. My curiosity was never lacking. I loved knowing how things worked and why they worked the way they did. That’s one of the reasons why I got into the field of medicine. After my first experience with acupuncture changed my life, I couldn’t be left with the general explanation of “re-balancing.” I had to know how it worked. I had to know why treating one organ system had effects on the whole system. Why linking points along the pathways of the body activated a healing cascade that touched both physical and emotional pains. I explored with books, I asked my acupuncturists questions, but I was never satisfied. I wanted to go deeper.
I write this because when it comes to our health, I hope that everyone remains curious. There are so many quick fixes, fads, and lifestyle recommendations that seem to have no real facts attached to them. With endless amounts of health tips at our fingertips, we are often left overwhelmed and frustrated. In the west, and possibly all over the world, we put a lot of trust into the hands of our medical providers. We do what they say without exploring our options because we believe we have no other choice. You do have a choice and you almost always have options. Yes, a medical degree does give them a head-start, but you should always feel heard and you should always be informed.
Part of me can see now why my former acupuncturists were a bit hesitant or general in explaining how this medicine works. One of the reasons being that it’s so complex. Another reason being that the language of Chinese Medicine is often foreign to us in the west. Talking about qi and essence can sometimes leave a patient more confused. But as a practitioner now, I urge you to ask questions. I urge you to ask why this formula is being prescribed. Why there are a few extra needles on the hands this week. Why anxiety has lessened while treating a headache. You are the most important part of your healing path and you should always be an active participant. It’s the most empowering thing you can do for yourself.