I have been actively involved in the practice, teaching, and translation of East Asian medicine and osteopathic medicine  for over forty years. My training has included a Diploma in Chinese Medicine from the Macau Institute of Chinese Medicine (1975), a Doctor of Osteopathy from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (1982), and a Ph.D. from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (2006).

The primary modalities I use are a variety of osteopathic manipulative approaches, acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicines. It is important to remember that in all of these forms of medicine, the actual treatment is generally the patient’s response to the what the practitioner does, not what the practitioner does itself. The focus of treatment is on the getting the organism to regain its normal balance by engaging it in a dialogue and providing useful information through (usually) gentle forms of stimulation.

For this reason, not only is it not a good idea to be treated too frequently, but there are often things that patients need to do in their daily lives in order to get the optimal response. This can include physical activities and exercises, dietary or lifestyle changes. Often it will be helpful to make sure that you have a healthy approach towards life.

 

My colleague Philippe Rivière has a summary of this approach, as taught to him by the famous modern Chinese doctor Leung Kok-Yuen:

  • Take responsibility for your actions and choices
  • Be involved in activities that help to transcend the self
  • Try and resolve conflicts as quickly as possible to avoid wasting emotional energy
  • Accept and respect yourself. Learn to be at ease with yourself when you are alone.

 

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