Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine can be extremely foreign, scary, & downright odd if you've never been exposed to it. I doubt many folks WANT to get poked with needles (though I assure you, the tools used in acupuncture are small, hair-thin needles that elicit a very relaxing & rejuvenating experience) but what most people DO want is to feel better -- & for their symptoms to go away.
I decided to make a major life-change by going to medical school for Traditional Chinese Medicine. My initial exposure to acupuncture was for a chronic shoulder injury, though I was pleasantly surprised by how light & floaty & centered I felt after my first treatment. It was truly a holistic experience like nothing I had encountered before. Although many people come to see me for pain or other undesirable symptoms, this medicine & what I do is not just about symptom relief. It's about changing your life & being the best version of you (I know that sounds like an Oprah-ism, but Oprah's usually pretty right on).
I often begin by explaining to my patients that no symptom within the body, whether it's back pain or hot flashes or digestive issues or fertility challenges or anxiety -- is existing independently within your body. A human is made up of systems that are both visible -- your physical body -- and not visible -- your personality, your thoughts, your spirit, & even your internal body, which is not visible unless you're cut open. We know all of these things exist, even if we cannot physically see them. As an example, we know our thoughts exist because they occur. But if I asked you to "show" me your thoughts, how could you do that? We don't live in a time where that's physically possible. Since you are not an island within your community, your symptoms are not islands independent from all the factors that make you, you.
I am a practitioner who helps my patients grow as humans, If you are having physical symptoms you need help with, great. But do you also want a practitioner who can address emotional and spiritual issues or challenges too? Do you desire long-term results? In my clinical experience, long-term results come from changes that start from the inside, out. I also want my patients to feel like they can come to me for ANY issue, whether it's a broken heart, clouded thinking, insomnia, food issues, migraines, or shoulder pain. I want my patients to also feel empowered, so that they can learn how to deal with issues without my assistance all the time.
Being truly "well" is to focus on how you feel emotionally, understanding how to fully experience your emotions, & following your passions. It's also about doing things that light you up & express why you are here on Earth in the first place.
Schedule an appointment so that we can talk about how I can help you! Here's to your health! - Holly Christiansen, Licensed Acupuncturist in Lexington, Kentucky at Bluegrass Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine.
About the Author:
Holly Christiansen, Licensed Acupuncturist, currently practicing in the gorgeous, horse capital of the world: Lexington, Kentucky.