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San Rafael, CA: Amy Shouse

Fast facts
Practice type: Private
Specialties: Autoimmune conditions, back pain, digestive conditions, general wellness, women’s health
Styles: Japanese acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), trigger point acupuncture

Why did you become an acupuncturist?
I found balance and harmony in acupuncture treatments at a time when the Western biomedical model was greatly failing me. I saw that Chinese medicine was a complete model of health which increasingly filled an expanding void left in modern healthcare. I was amazed that there was a rich system in place that had a diagnostic method that looked at the entire person, rather than just parts of that person. It was in Traditional Chinese Medicine that my interest in Eastern philosophies and my passion for comprehensive wellness perfectly dovetailed. So, the decision to study acupuncture was practically made for me. As it was, 10 years ago, I enrolled in The Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, California.

What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I’m always thinking with two minds. The first is the ancient healing art of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. The second is Western science and integrative medicine. I’m always asking myself, how can this patient incorporate the effects of Chinese medicine into their every day life? How is this ancient medicine relevant to the modern person in front of me?

What do you enjoy most about your work?
Getting results. There is nothing like relieving someone’s pain or helping someone find their way to better health.

What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
That it only relieves pain. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine offer a whole system of healthcare. I’m not saying we can use acupuncture to sew you back together or remove your gallbladder, but we can do a heck of a lot to improve you health and life. For instance, chronic stress contributes to a vast amount of disease. Acupuncture is very good at relaxing the body and repairing damage from stress. It also does wonders to help balance hormones.

How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I go to bed and wake up at the same time every night. I go to the gym and swim laps. I prioritize sleep and exercise. I eat a whole-foods diet and I get regular acupuncture and massage. I surround myself with healthy people. What more is there?

Learn more and get in touch
(415) 635-9933

712 D Street Suite G, San Rafael, CA 94901