10 Years in Practice: A Reflection
Happy New Year, everyone! For me, 2019 signifies my 10th anniversary as an acupuncturist. I cannot believe that it’s been a whole decade. As I gear up to celebrate my 10th year, I’m also very reflective on my experience thus far. I remember that when I first started practicing acupuncture, I couldn’t wait to have more years “under my belt”. The beautiful thing about practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine is that the longer we practice, the MORE insight and knowledge we gain. I am slightly restrained in my celebration, as I hope that 10 years is merely the beginning of a very long practice.
As I look back on the past 10 years, I am recounting all the things I’ve learned, understanding how much I’ve grown and humbled by all the people I have met. Over the years, I have become an expert in not only traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture, but also in the TCM treatment of fertility. I cannot say that I always thought fertility treatment would be my path as a practitioner, but I am so grateful that my journey has brought me here. It is my interest and passion for fertility treatment that motivated me to join the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) and further solidify my understanding and reputation as a specialist.
But, as this blog entry is a reflection, I have to say that my experience has led me to understand how acupuncture is just a single piece of the puzzle when it comes to conceiving. Initially, I believed that the correct acupuncture treatments, herbs, supplements and diet was the way to conceiving. Of course, these things are important, but I’m beginning to realize how large emotional balance also factors into this puzzle and how much acupuncture treatments help to address not only the physical component, but the emotional aspect as well. I have to say, this aspect of TCM was not on my radar as I began my practice 10 years ago, but I look forward to cultivating this and other realms of my TCM practice!