I believe you are reading this because some kind of health issue is troubling you, which conventional ways or even other alternative methods have not been able to resolve or even help. I can definitely understand how that feels, because I used to be where you are as well.
Chinese Medicine was largely under my radar in terms of what I initially had in mind as a career choice. I had wanted to study conventional Western Allopathic Medicine to become a traditional Medical Doctor(MD); this was in my university years while at Simon Fraser University, where my strong foundation in the core sciences was proof of this goal. But at the same time, I had a range of health issues that were largely unresolved through the conventional drug route. In fact I actually never liked drugs and medication. In retrospect I believe I already had the holistic medicine mindset somewhere deep inside me that I never really paid attention to.
Different people choose different career paths for different reasons. I am an individual who likes to delve into the deeper aspect of things; the 'root' of things if you will, the sort of 'why' behind worldly phenomena. Because my health has never been the best and caused trouble for me from time to time, one can say there was unresolved frustration. My decision to pursue a health-related career stems from this fact. Ironically modern medicine cannot explain the good majority of the diseases and medical problems that are out there. Treatment is also often limited to symptomatic relief, which I, until becoming a Chinese Medicine Doctor, did not realize wasn't even that effective; in fact it was mostly ineffective to be honest. I thought it didn't help me because I was maybe a bit special, but this fact became more apparent as I started to practice and hear more from what patients have to say.
Family members had suggested that I should consider Chinese Medicine. I did not fully agree to this at first but in my spare time had eventually started to read up on Chinese Medicine texts just to get a feel of what this is about; this instead raised a lot of questions that my modern scientific mindset could not grasp at the time---I had never thought it to be so confusing. At one particular occasion, I went for a treatment by a practitioner recommended by my family members. His answers to many of my prodding questions showed me that this medicine was not 'confusing', but rather 'complex', and could contain the answers to the truth I was looking for behind my own health challenges. Chinese Medicine provided a framework that to me was unbelievably impressive. After some consideration, I eventually decided to study Chinese Medicine professionally. Years go by quickly after this.
Through the years of seeing patients, I am still studying and continuously learning. But my health has completely turned around for the better. I have personally used Chinese Medicine to drastically turn around my body and resolve many of the health problems that were constantly challenging me in the past. It has also enabled me to learn how to properly take care of myself as well as that of my family members and patients so that they can stay healthy for long time to come. I for one have not seen the conventional Medical Doctor for as long as I can remember. With this medicine I was able to take health into my own hands, both for preventive and treatment purposes.
If you are still thinking if Chinese Medicine and acupuncture is right for you, it is not in your interest to ponder any further. When it comes to holistic and alternative medicine for chronic issues, the fact of the matter is that there are very few choices available if you are looking for a system that has a time-tested tradition, systematic maturity equivalent to modern medicine and the number of clinical trials and people to back it up. I know this from personal experience. I use it every day to treat problems of all sorts and this great holistic approach really helps many people. I believe it can do the same for you too if you are willing to invest in your own health today.
- Fully licensed registrant in good standing with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC(CTCMA), the official regulatory body of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in British Columbia.
- Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Registered Acupuncturist
- Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner
- Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbalist
- Graduate and Diplomate of PCU College of Holistic Medicine's 5-yr Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine Program
- Lecturer at PCU College of Holistic Medicine
- Former HANS.org Professional Member and regular article contributor
- Director of Zong Han Tang TCM Internal Medicine and Pain Clinic