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Patients, Practitioners, and Power Struggles

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Patients, Practitioners, and Power Struggles

I had a great conversation with a patient the other night. It stemmed from another conversation that I had participated in that involved a few different acupuncturists of wildly varying mindsets. One of these acupuncturists was very offended that a patient requested a different type of treatment than what she was used to providing. In one camp, there were those who drew clear lines between the power of the patient and practitioner. These acupuncturists viewed the patient’s input as akin ...

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The Price of Free

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The Price of Free

When I first opened my practice, I struggled with the concept of pricing my services. I think that this is an issue that many small business owners face; it’s quite difficult to place a price on what you feel that you are worth. Pricing yourself too high seems egocentric and greedy, but undervaluing your services feels far worse…especially when you pour your blood, sweat, and tears into what you do.

The topic of value is an interesting discussion, and it is ...

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TCM and Relationships

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TCM and Relationships

As an acupuncturist, I treat the mental, physical, and emotional. I have to admit, I find the emotional component to be the most fulfilling. Of course, it is always exciting to see someone’s pain levels lower (or vanish completely), but I love witnessing patients make huge strides with their internal suffering.

Since every organ system in TCM contributes to a certain set of personality traits, it stands to reason that our predisposition toward these particular traits affects our interpersonal relationships. ...

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More Fun With Science

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More Fun With Science

One of my lovely patients sent me this article, which I thought you all might enjoy. While I love the mysterious language and theory of TCM, acupuncture theory is now becoming more and more scientific as research reveals measurable results through testing. I must admit, having information and studies to support the efficacy of this medicine does make it easier to draw in a certain population that tends toward the skeptical. Explaining why someone’s pain is gone in energetic terms ...

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Saying Goodbye

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Saying Goodbye

You never know when the last time you see someone is the last time you see them…forever. I was reminded of this during the week, when I learned that someone I had grown up with had passed away suddenly and inexplicably. And I was left to ponder the last conversation I had with her, struggling to remember what we talked about, if we ended it on good terms or bad. I’m not going to get all melancholy on here today, ...

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