Striving to go beyond the treatment of symptoms to address the underlying causes of illness, my goal is not to “fix” you, but to empower you to heal yourself.
It all starts with a safe, nurturing healing space. My office is located in a spacious, serene apartment in Bangkok’s Sathorn Road area that also serves as my residence. Just minutes from the Chong Nonsi Skytrain station, the single, serene, second-floor treatment room is rich with teak-wood floors, and surprisingly quiet given its proximity to the city center.
A single practitioner, a single treatment room. In these most simple surroundings, working with one patient per hour, I strive to provide gentle, effective, and holistic health care with the highest standards of professionalism and compassion. For those who don’t feel comfortable working one-on-one with a male practitioner, you’re welcome to bring a friend or family member to keep an eye on you.
Rooted in ancient Daoist philosophy, the traditional Chinese healing arts view the totality of the Universe as an energy system. And each of us is an energetic system within that greater 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, the world around us.
Imbalance among and between any of these aspects sets the stage for dis-ease. Unlike Western thought, which attempts to separate man from nature and disease from the individual, the Chinese healing arts emphasize a unified approach that treats the whole person. Three core principles form the foundation for all of our work together.
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. By treating one we treat them all.
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.
In every case, understanding the underlying cause of a person’s issue or issues is imperative. Getting to the root of your problem means I need to get to know you. So we’ll spend nearly half of the initial 80-minute meeting doing just that. In Chinese medicine, this process is known as The Four Pillars. We’ll start with your chief complaint. Then we’ll look at various aspects of your life-style, routines, and habits. We’ll review your history, as well as your family’s history. Then we’ll do a few diagnostic tests.
The purpose of all of this is two-fold. First, I need a clear picture of the your overall health status. What are your strengths, and weaknesses? What potential genetic issues are you expressing? Second, I need to get a sense of the imbalances underlying your current signs and symptoms. Chinese medicine endeavors to treat root causes. When the root imbalances are corrected, the symptoms simply cease to exist.
My job is to take all of the pieces of the puzzle that you provide, and put them together according to the paradigms of Chinese medicine. From that I will develop a cohesive diagnosis and treatment plan. This will serve as the template upon which all of our subsequent work together, whether we’re focused on your current issue or a future issue, will be based. The second half of the initial appointment is reserved for your 25-minute acupuncture treatment.
I use distinctly Eastern approaches to evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment, but I always strive to understand any diagnoses you may have been given by your conventional doctors. After our initial meeting, I will do as much research as necessary to make sure I’m up-to-speed on your issues.
No two cases are alike. Two people with the same issue, insomnia for example, can have completely different underlying imbalances. And each will likely require very different treatment approaches for resolution. A skilled practitioner must not only be able to discern these differences, he or she must be able to choose the proper treatment for that diagnosis. Still further, they must be able to intuit what particular treatment is appropriate for the patient at that moment in time, for as a patient heals, treatment must adapt to the changes in their specific signs and symptoms.