Hello there - and welcome to the beginning of what I hope to be an engaging and informative blog! I felt like it was time to start one because there's a lot that I want to communicate about my field and my practice. Feel free to comment or ask questions, I’d love to hear from you!
For my first post, I’d like to introduce myself and share some personal history with you with regard to Chinese medicine and acupuncture. My interest in Chinese medicine started when I was young...very young in fact. I remember, as a child at Disney World, asking my grandmother to buy me the Chinese hand balls, or bao ding balls for health. She did, and thus began what has been a lifetime of personal and then professional interest in the culture and its traditional teachings.
As I grew older the curiosity stayed with me. When studying medicine in college, I maintained the perspective of, "how has this been understood and treated before the past couple hundred years in our young country? How have we looked at things before the invention of the microscope, for example, and in other parts of the world? And was that perspective effective and is it still relevant today?"
I remember thinking in school that our Western medical model has been struggling to manage certain illnesses - and why not explore a different angle and address the body from an alternative vantage. I was particularly interested to learn how to change the way the body is malfunctioning by supporting the body's own innate mechanisms. Chinese Medicine provides a framework to support the body's natural ability to regulate and heal itself. Western medicine, invaluable and quickly effective at times, often promotes a therapy that when taken away, the body resumes its dysfunction.
The individual parts of the body are typically understood in separation from each other from a Western perspective, while in China, the individual parts are identified as part of a whole system. I love that at the core of Chinese Medicine is the recognition that we are part of nature. This medicine understands our inner workings by utilizing knowledge about the natural world around us.
I've also always had a natural curiosity in other people around me and other cultures, letting my own perspective go for a time. It serves me well in the treatment room.
This perspective and extensive education ultimately led me to practice acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Montpelier, Vermont, in 2003. And in 2016, myself, Stephanie Wawrzyniak, ND and Eric Silvers, CMT have joined together to practice our professions integratively at River Street Wellness. Any one of us would love to hear from you, so please reach out if we can be of service!