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As an Eastern Herbalist and Acupuncturist, one of the most rewarding opportunities I have is to show practitioners of Western Medicine the power of Eastern Medicine to help people improve their health.
Our clinic was recently visited by the Texas Women’s University. The nursing students were so excited to see our herbal pharmacy which consists of 500 different herbal ingredients. They were able to see the complex process of how the herbs get cooked, stored and packaged into supplements.
Even more amazing was the demonstration of Acupuncture needles. One nursing student volunteered to get my Acupuncture treatment, and to her astonishment, it was a painless and relaxing experience. She smiled the entire time while finding acupuncture to be a really curious and miraculous treatment method.
I took the time to run through my family history of practicing herbal medicine and acupuncture. I explained that our business has been operating in the same location for 20 years and that our knowledge is 4 generations old. The medicine itself dates back to 5,000 years ago and is the oldest medicinal practice on earth. It’s still alive today and is used as mainstream medicine in the East because it is safe and highly effective with far fewer side effects than pharmaceutical drugs.
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The girls also requested a session with me in pulse reading as a diagnosis. After checking their pulses, I explained to them my findings. I demonstrated the positioning of the fingers at the wrist and also discovered the extreme stress that these young women are experiencing. We then had some very intimate exchanges of what it is like to be in school full time and working part time.
I revisited briefly those memories of studying for finals and feeling extremely nervous about job-hunting post graduation. I recalled the amount of pressure you feel as a young adult, trying to fulfill your educational goals and finally stepping out into the professional work world for the first time. I instantly felt a powerful bond with these young women who are aspiring to be great healers and care providers for so many people along their paths.
There is a mutual admiration for their dedication and accomplishments, and I can only pray for more women like these in the world who dream of lessening the pain and suffering of others by devoting their love and attention to their profession. This bonding experience was profound and made me deeply appreciate the women in my field and in my life. I wished them the very best in their journey to success and I’m proud to have had the experience to connect with them professionally and personally.
I am grateful every day that what I do gives people inspiration and hope, and ultimately that gives me complete fulfillment in my life. Without making connections with people, and constantly growing my efforts to contribute to others, my life would feel incomplete.
Thank you, Texas Women’s University for providing me the opportunity to reflect on my own path, and the passion and fulfillment I feel when providing care for those in need.