how I got started | I got very sick and I went to a lot of
medical doctors who gave me medicine, which time and time again made me
much sicker. In order to find alternative healthcare I went to an
acupuncturist and the combination of acupuncture and herbs helped my
body get much stronger and my ailments were improved. I was so
interested and amazed by how it helped me, I decided to pursue it as a
career and enrolled in school.
why this job?| I was impressed with how powerful acupuncture and
non-pharmaceutical medicine can be. It completely transformed my life
and I wanted to help other people to realize that they have health
options other than the mainstream.
why I love this job!| I love getting to know people and their stories. I love helping them and watching their health improve.
my typical day| I get into the office, meditate, open the window,
put clean sheets on. When my first patient comes in we talk for a few
minutes, they lay on the table, start with massage technique then put in
needles. When the needles are in, I think about what herbs are needed. I
would normally have about 5-6 patients a day, and the first session is
an hour and a half. Follow up sessions are an hour.
what they are | You don't always know what treatment will work.
You could have four patients and give them the same treatment, and it
could work on some but not others. Each treatment needs to be the right
plan for the right person at the right time. It's a process and you have
to be willing to be creative and come up with new ideas to help people.
all about growth | The growth in this career is exponential. So
many people are looking for other forms of medicine. It's growing all
the time and becoming much more mainstream and accepted. It's
interesting how something so ancient can feel so new.