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What's in a name?

Updated: Feb 4, 2019


Healthy living requires daily care much like tending a garden.

Welcome to my new blog! This is where I will talk about all sorts of topics related to health and healthy living. Speaking of healthy living, I want to take a moment to talk about why I chose this name and what it means. To do this, I want to make an analogy comparing western medicine and acupuncture. Western medicine practitioners are mechanics. They find something that is broken and fix it. It is a very mechanical view of the human body. There are times where this is the best and most appropriate approach. If there is a serious and acute problem that needs to be fixed or stabilized immediately, think emergency medicine or life and death situations, then I want to see a western doctor. They are very good at keeping you alive. When you need that, there is nothing better. However, when it comes to the rest of your life, or illnesses that are not emergency situations, that same mechanical view is not always the best option. This is where acupuncture and Chinese medicine comes in.


If western medical practitioners are mechanics, acupuncturists and Chinese medical practitioners are closer to gardeners. With gardeners it is less about fixing problems and more about finding the core imbalance that is leading to and tying together all symptoms. It is not being hyper-focused on one issue. It is about looking at the whole person and helping them to thrive. When you do that, the body will take care of everything else. I can focus on your headaches, or I can focus on the cause of the headaches that will also help your sleep, energy, and anxiety. Then I can get to work on making you feel even better and staying better. The focus is less on one particular problem, and more about helping you feel your best every day.


When you view the body as a garden, you realize that it needs constant care. Every day you need to be working to stay healthy and feeling your best. When you stop trying to be healthy, your body notices. This is where the name ‘Healthy Living’ comes from. It is active. You cannot sit back and expect your body to get better by itself. You need to help it by living healthy. This can be hard though; there is a lot of often conflicting information out there and it is difficult to know what is best for you. This is why we focus so much on patient education. We are here to not only help you feel better, but also to help you stay better through healthy living.


If you are interested in being feeling better and being the best version of yourself, get in touch with us and we can work together to make that happen!

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