Practice type: Private
Specialties: Cosmetic care, digestive conditions, insomnia, musculoskeletal pain, women’s health
Styles: Auricular (ear) acupuncture, facial rejuvenation acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
In spite of being trained as a Western medical practitioner (MD,India), I have always had an interest in alternative medicine and treating the person holistically. After completing my training in India and working for almost 20 years in the healthcare industry, and doing clinical research, I found that while Western medicine is great for diagnostics, research, and treating certain conditions, there wasn’t any “true healing” happening with patients. We weren’t taking care of the root of the problem, and everyone seemed to be getting symptomatic relief only.
It finally struck me when I went through my own personal health issues with Western medicine, and met many road blocks, that I turned toward alternative medicine, which got me to where I am today. That was the turning point in my life that led me down this path of holistic healing. What I love about this medicine is that, not only can it help treat a wide variety of conditions, but it is a philosophy that we can incorporate in our daily life for prevention and wellness.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I have a very gentle and compassionate approach with all my patients, especially if they’ve never experienced acupuncture before or are intimidated by needles. My patients will always tell me that I have a very gentle needling technique and they hardly feel the needles being inserted. The best compliment I hear from my patients is that I provide a safe and zen space for them. I feel truly blessed that my training of both Western and Eastern medicine gives me a better understanding and an edge to treat my patients holistically.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I don’t think of acupuncture as “work.” It is my passion and I love what I do. I love treating all my patients. I look forward to every day with renewed energy. I like to see the positive difference I’m able to make in my patients’ lives. It is a slow process and requires patience, but the results are amazing for my patients and they are personally gratifying. I still remember the first patient who came in for shoulder pain, with limited range of movement. The patient was skeptical about acupuncture working, but after one treatment, there was no pain at all and the patient was able to move the arm freely! The look of joy is the best reward a practitioner can get.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
The most common misconception I hear is around whether our practice of TCM really works, or is it voodoo medicine? Acupuncture has been present for thousands of years. In the medical community and in Western culture, it has taken a long time for people to accept it. We are a research-based society, and everyone looks for scientific evidence. As there have been numerous articles written by such institutions as Johns Hopkins and Sloan Kettering, and articles in the Wall Street Journal, the trend is changing with more evidence based clinical research. Acceptance is increasing, albeit slowly.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I set time out for myself every day for some R&R. Nutrition is key, so I try to keep my diet simple and organic. I prefer to eat vegetarian as I find it easier to digest. I walk outdoors everyday for some fresh air and deep breathing. I incorporate acupuncture, herbs and tai chi as often as I can for my own wellbeing. But, most of all, I practice mindfulness in everything. Keeping positive in your thoughts and showing gratitude is the key ingredient to a more fulfilling life.
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