An Acupuncturist-Herbalist that Blogs?

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ok, so here we go…Welcome to my Blog! I am new at this blog thing as I am an acupuncturist but am willing to learn new things all the time! I am an Occupational Therapist and a licensed acupuncturist/herbalist in the MetroWest area, specifically on Route 20 in Marlborough at the Marlborough Wellness Center. I have focused my practice on pediatric sensory integration treatments and non-insertive acupuncture techniques, women’s health issues, and men’s musculoskeletal injuries. I am an active member of the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce and the Marlborough BNI chapter as well. Please feel free to visit my website at www.MetroWestFamily.com.

Ok, so what do I want to accomplish by blogging, you may ask? I am going to hopefully educate and enlighten those who are interested in the art and science of acupuncture and herbs. Many people claim fear of needles or the cost of the uncovered treatments by their health insurance as major retardants to experiencing acupuncture/herbs. I hope to clarify that the fear is unneccesary and the cost is well worth it in the end. As my good friend and business confidant, Dr. Ovid Fraser of Environmental Health Associates, often says, “”It is better to be well than to get well”.

So to start the discussion: The science of acupuncture.
As I reading an article in Acupuncture Today (vol. 6, #9, pg.10) by Kabba Anand DAc, LAc, Dipl. Ac., Dipl. CH, he used the Webster’s dictionary to define science as “knowledge attained through study or practice”. His point was that “OM/Oriental Medicine (or oftentimes referred to as TCM/Traditional Chinese Medicine or CAM/Complementary Alternative Medicine) is a practice based upon centuries of empirical data, observation and experience. But does it stand up to the Scientific Method or the “gold standard” randomized controlled trials?” As of right now, we as practitioners and researchers are attempting to do just that. But what gets left out is the art of treating the whole person. I find so many times, I spend more than 30 minutes waiting for a 5 minute appointment in the current Western medical system. I take pride in the fact that my clients are guaranteed 45-60 minutes of my time every time they come to see me and that I know their bodies/health as thoroughly as any health practitioner can. I believe TCM is a science based on the part of people that can’t be measured by Western standards and thus, discredited at times as being “bunk medicine”.