When it comes to your health,
you do have a choice.
At the age of 11, I planned to go to medical school. My life road for the next 15 years was clearly mapped out, or so I thought. As an undergraduate English major, I took all the science classes necessary to apply to allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, and even had a couple of interviews.
While working on my undergraduate degree, I took a couple of years off to teach English in South Korea. There I was first introduced to oriental medicine when an oriental doctor used acupuncture to help me overcome a severe sinus infection that I had had for several weeks. I was surprised at how quickly the pain and infection disappeared without the use of drugs. Also, a good friend at the time (who later became my husband) had Bell’s palsy cured with the help of acupuncture.
I returned to the United States with a different perspective — both on my career objectives as well as how to approach health and sickness. I started reading everything I could get my hands on about natural and alternative medicine. I realized that I might have some symptoms of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). I went to an MD to make sure that I didn't have any major pathology. She told me my lab values were normal for the most part and that I could live with the symptoms using birth control and diet and exercise. However, I walked away frustrated because I didn't receive any instruction on how or what I should eat and which type of exercise was best. As a patient, I decided to explore the various approaches to health and healing offered by chiropractic, naturopathic, and oriental medicine. I found that I resonated with the individualized approach to healing offered with acupuncture and oriental medicine. I had great response to some of my symptoms associated with PCOS such as fatigue, weight gain, digestive issues, insulin resistance, and painful, irregular periods.
I had such a marked difference in my health with acupuncture and herbs that I decided I wanted to become a practitioner who could help frustrated women live healthier lives. I love what I do, and would love to help you too.
Update January 2014: After 18 months of fertility acupuncture and herbal treatment, I was able to conceive naturally and give birth to a healthy baby boy at home with the help of excellent home-birth midwives.
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