Some things are worth working hard for, and this was one of them!

My work here is done…well not quite, maybe it’s just starting! Acupuncturists in the U.S. traditionally practice with a Masters degree in either Traditional Chinese Medicine or acupuncture but professional doctorate programs are now increasingly available.  In an effort to better serve my patients and my community I made a commitment early this year to go … Read more

Acupuncture Jargon

Like most professions acupuncture has its own set of vocabulary. Unfortunately, it comes from a very different culture than our own and is sometimes hard for us to understand, especially when there isn’t a good translation for some of the words.  Take qi (pronounced: chee) for example: There are many ways to describe what qi … Read more

“She keeps talking about my qi, do I even have qi? What is it and why does she keep trying to move it?!”

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the human body is made up of building blocks. They are Qi (pronounced: Chee), Blood/Fluids, and Essence. Qi: Sometimes it is described as the vital force or spirit of the body, this however is not a complete definition.  I believe the best way to describe qi is that it is … Read more