Well, if the side-effects of Western meds nearly killing my mother didn’t bring about my “come to Jesus moment” at 16, it certainly went a long way toward me figuring things out for myself when my own health crisis arose at 27. Still I must confess, from the time that I laid eyes on that acupuncture man when I was 14 in Fairfield, Iowa, I was hooked, but at such a deep level it only expressed through a religious fascination with kung-fu flicks, which I love to this day… even more than the song, which was my jam as a lad in Detroit, back in the proverbial day.
Successful clinical practice is an ongoing process of learning. After acquiring the style conveyed by Master Kiiko Matsumoto, I learned a system for obtaining direct feedback from the patient based on what were previously only taken to be theoretical abstractions. Furthermore, this system takes the body’s feedback and correlates it with familiar Western terminology, like the sympathetic nervous and immune systems, rendering the treatment approach more understandable for patients. Wow!
I use herbs in conjunction with muscle-testing. Similar to acupuncture, getting a read on the body’s response before initiating herbs is preferable to educated guesses based on symptoms alone. This is because any given symptom can have multiple causes. This explains why when one person takes something and gets benefit another person doesn’t; dosage and etiology factor. Muscle-testing herbs decreases the margin of error. By using totally random testing on Chinese herbal formulations, I’ve received enough orderly responses and positive results to trust the approach to be better than 85% effective.
What French country cuisine is to slow food, traditional Chinese to medicine is to holistic functional medicine. I’m talking about chronic conditions, not pain per se, but the conditions that give rise to it. Chinese medicine is not about the quick fix, but the right fix, which takes great discernment, study, and time. First, you need to schedule for an interview. It usually takes about 1.5hrs. There is no charge. I need to determine if and how I can help and approximately how much time it will take. From there we can develop a schedule and budget. Positively no day-of appointments for non-patients.