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Austin, TX: James Phillips

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Practice type: Private
Specialties: Allergies, digestive conditions, general wellness, menopause, musculoskeletal pain
Styles: Herbal therapy, Japanese acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Why did you become an acupuncturist?
I was always fascinated with Chinese cosmology as a child. This fascination stayed with me into adulthood. When I was 22, I moved to China to study, travel, and explore. At the time I didn’t know much about Traditional Chinese Medicine or any of the common tools used in its practice (small needles being just one of many), but I quickly discovered that the concepts played themselves out in the manual methods of the medicine. After my first visit to a TCM hospital in China, I was completely hooked.

What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I’m a professor as well as a clinician. These two roles often stand at odds with one another and have focused my critical thinking skills, creating a powerful bridge between ancient concepts and modern methods. I strive to provide my clients with the all information they need to get healthy and stay healthy, ultimately putting their wellness back in their hands.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love meeting and talking with such a huge diversity of people. I love hearing the stories of their lives, what they have learned, where they struggle, and where they find strength. I enjoy the conversation about ultimate wellness. To me it is a timeless question, with a multitude of answers that, like our universe, is always changing.

What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a completely integrated system of thought and practice. Its concepts are rooted in the nature of the universe and all life within it. Within the system of TCM there are many tools that have been used to influence, manipulate, facilitate, and nurture these universal concepts of life and change. Acupuncture is a modern name for one of these tools. Today, acupuncture is often synonymous with the medical theory of TCM, but they aren’t the same thing. I often give treatments to clients using a multitude of tools, especially if they are uncomfortable or nervous about needles. Clarity about what a body needs comes first, followed by choosing the appropriate tool to facilitate that change.

How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I stay healthy by following some time-tested principles. I have a balanced nutritional model, and vary it up seasonally. I’m a long-distance swimmer and a short-distance runner. I practice martial arts. I stop once in a while to breathe deeply and look at the clouds. I go to bed early, and get up when I wake up. I don’t eat late at night. I drink plenty of filtered water. I make sure I laugh everyday.

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turtledragon.com
james@turtledragon.com
(512) 452-1410
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1307 E. 38 1/2 Street, Austin, TX 78722

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