Why I Practice Acupuncture

Acupuncture is not a typical career choice. High school seniors don’t go to job fairs and hang out at the Chinese medicine table. So we are often asked: “How did you get into acupuncture?”

In the beginning, I answered the way I had heard other practitioners answer. Many years later, as I started to understand it better, I saw how wrong this story was. It is the apparent answer. It is the series of events, the things. But in truth, my coming to this work is more like a string being tuned.

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What Is Classical Acupuncture?

We are constantly interacting with the rhythms of our natural environment.

The cycles of day and night (circadian rhythm), the four seasons (circannual rhythm), and the monthly lunar phases are the three fundamental cycles for life on Earth. We know that creatures of all kinds, from birds to insects to mammals, change their behavior based on daily, monthly and seasonal cycles.

As for those weird animals called human beings, those cycles continue to affect our physical and mental physiology, even when we try so hard to fight against them.

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