Bangkok-based acupuncturist and Dao healing arts nerd.
Fully-trained and -licensed, I’ve been helping people heal since 2005.
Rooted in ancient Daoist philosophy, the traditional Chinese healing arts views each of us as an energetic system. All aspects of being – body, mind, and spirit – are assumed to be interconnected, with each influencing and balancing the others. Likewise, we are also connected to, and impacted by, our external environment. Imbalance among and between any of these aspects sets the stage for dis-ease. Unlike Western medicine, which attempts to separate disease from the individual, the Chinese healing arts emphasize a unified approach that treats the whole person. Three core principles guide my practice:
All aspects of being – body, mind, and spirit – are inter-related, inter-connected, and inter-dependent. Imbalance in any one aspect will necessarily affect all of the others.
Illness results from internal imbalance. By understanding the relationships between the various aspects of being, and restoring internal balance, a skilled practitioner facilitates the healing process.
The symptoms of imbalance are called the branch. The imbalance itself is the root. When the root is properly addressed, the symptoms simply cease to exist. Functional modalities always strive to find root causes.
Doug Crawford, L.Ac.
L.Ac. stands for Licensed Acupuncturist. It’s a professional designation conferred by the State of California after passing its grueling licensing exam.
Fully-trained and -licensed in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, the primary focus of my clinical work is acupuncture. Per California standards, the core of my training is in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). However, I realized early in my studies that I was attracted to the older, classical literature-based teachings known as Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM). CCM is a broader, more patient-empowering approach than the more modernized TCM system.
I consider myself a general practitioner and have experience treating a broad spectrum of issues, from the physical, to the psycho-emotional, to the spiritual. However, I have particular interest and experience with digestive disorders, women’s reproductive health issues, and psycho-emotional problems.
As a clinician, I’m particularly interested in the relationships between our mental-emotional and spiritual states, and the development of physical illness. Even Western medicine has recognized that our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, expectations and behaviors can make us sick.
- California Acupuncture Board, 2005. License #: AC10854.
- Maryland State Board of Acupuncture, 2006. License #: U01489. Expired.
- Master’s Degree: Traditional Oriental Medicine. Emperor’s College, Los Angeles, California. 2005.
- Bachelor of Fine Arts: Electronic Media. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1995.
My Super Powers
Ok, so they’re not really super powers. But here are a few of the key assets I bring to the table when working with people who come to me for help.
The ability to put myself in my patient’s shoes has been invaluable. Many arrive feeling deeply frustrated, often to the point of hopelessness. They’ve been to countless doctors, or had numerous tests, only to be told that nothing’s wrong, or that there’s nothing short of surgery to help them. I’m often the first to actually listen.
Chinese medicine is surprisingly analytical. Understanding the relationships between the various aspects of being takes years of study and practice. But sometimes you just have to listen to your gut. I often “sense” things in my patients that defy analysis. But the more I learn to trust my intuition, the better the results.
I strive to help the people I work with do more than just get well. I want to empower them to begin to recognize and relinquish self-limiting beliefs and behaviors, to acknowledge their own strengths, and move closer to fulfilling their potential. I want to empower them to become more aware, become whole, to heal.
Humility helps me remember that I don’t have all the answers. It keeps me from getting cocky. It also helps me retain “beginners mind” by keeping me open to new ideas, and helping me recognize that there’s always more to learn. Humility is that small voice that always asks, “How can I do this better?”