An Ancient Medicine for Modern Maladies
A Personal Evolution
After practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture and herbs) for nearly 20 years, and with my recent ordination as an interfaith minister, I have come to believe that there are three areas of illness that can afflict people: physical, psycho-emotional and spiritual.
Western Scientific Medicine
Western scientific medicine has powerful tools to address the most extreme physical and psycho-emotional episodes (broken bones, heart attacks, psychotic episodes), and to manage the symptoms and slow the progress of chronic degenerative illnesses (diabetes, hypothyroidism, schizophrenia).
Eastern Energetic Medicine
Although Western Medicine is very powerful, it is not designed to look at the intersection of the three types of illnesses that, in my experience, frequently come together. The beauty of traditional medicine is that it is. There are a couple of reasons for this:
- Western medical diagnosis is reductionist – find the problem, or identify the major symptom and deal with that. Chinese medical diagnosis looks at all aspects of human function (without losing sight of the major complaint) and identifies a ‘pattern of disharmony’. It is this pattern that drives the acupuncture point prescriptions that are used.
- And what this requires is time. In order to find out how people are doing in the three areas of their lives – physical, psycho-emotional and spiritual – one must allow for a lot of time for a far-reaching conversation. My initial evaluations take an hour and a half, and subsequent sessions (include acupuncture) take about an hour.
This makes it particularly adept at managing illnesses that have psycho-emotional triggers (IBS, asthma, migraine headaches), and also in dealing with the existential crisis that can come with chronic pain (“I don’t know who I am anymore”), as well as with the pain itself.
If this resonates with you, give me a call and we can walk down the road together for a while, and see what happens.
To arrange an initial consultation to explore if this may be a worthwhile route for you,
please call Jeffery at 207-780-8880
222 St. John's Street, Portland, ME 04101
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