Practice type: Private
Specialties: General wellness, traumatic brain injury
Styles: Classical Chinese acupuncture, Dr. Zhu scalp acupuncture, Japanese acupuncture
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
I was introduced to acupuncture as a teenager through the kindness of a mentor of mine who knew that it would be beneficial for me. After a series of treatments I knew that there was much more to this medicine than I could ever fathom. I set my intention to trust in whatever system was in use and found that I did in fact find relief from my symptoms—and further, now had a different perspective on gathering and cultivating tools to respond to life’s myriad challenges. I became an acupuncturist because I can see how valuable an expanded perspective is for healing our bodies and minds. Daily, I see how this medicine changes lives and I feel grateful to play a role in initiating that change.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I feel fortunate to have trained with some of the most gifted and committed acupuncturists in the nation. Their understanding and application of this mind/body medicine has inspired me to practice many different styles of acupuncture. In each appointment, I choose the style that is right for the patient that day. I have become quite effective in the area of pain relief. I find that when areas of pain and stagnation experience relief, an individual can have a deep and lasting healing response. This can also play a role in prevention of future injury and disease. While treating acute pain, I always treat the underlying causes for the pain and use acupuncture to strengthen the patient’s overall condition at the same time.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Acupuncture provides a wonderful setting for healing. Each day I get to share what I am passionate about with people who are pursuing their own healing journey. I get to participate in the unique and individual-specific metamorphosis that happens within the treatment space. People get better. They find relief from their symptoms and they become equip with ways to empower themselves and facilitate their body’s own healing. Then they refer their friends! This is the most fulfilling part because they are so happy with their own personal progress that they trust me with not only their own health but also that of their loved ones.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
One of the most common questions we get as acupuncturists is, Does it work? There is a misconception that acupuncture either works or it doesn’t. The truth is that the body has an incredible capacity for healing and acupuncture is a wonderful tool to facilitate that. As one of my teachers regularly says, “Acupuncture doesn’t cure anything, but it helps everything.” When people are looking for a cure, it is important to remember that it is dependent upon the inherent capacity of their body to heal as well as their own effort to supplement and direct that healing. All healing takes time, and while acupuncture can have an immediate effect, the most lasting effect usually requires the participation of the patient along with a series of treatments. If healing is possible, acupuncture can help make it happen.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
One of my teachers mentioned an 80/20 rule. Eighty percent of the time I live a fairly disciplined life and 20 percent is a buffer for when I just need to kick back and enjoy. I try to remember to be gentle with myself. I almost always make time for quality sleep and try to have good sleep hygiene. I make it a point to eat regularly and consciously. I make foods that are seasonally inspired and that are nourishing and balanced so that my body and spirit feel satisfied. I try to be conscious of the energetics surrounding my mealtime—taking the time to focus on eating instead of stressfully packing down a meal just to get on to the next thing. I make time for daylight. I make time for stillness. I make time for friends. When I successfully do this, it really helps my overall satisfaction with my life.
Snow Blossom Acupuncture: 615 East 82nd Avenue, Suite 302, Anchorage, AK 99518