So, you’re going to put needles into me to make me feel better?

It’s not a question of does acupuncture work.  Acupuncture has been working  for over two thousand years and is used around the world.  Still, the idea of it is somewhat daunting.  Associations with hypodermic needles and memories of sewing needles in the carpet found with one’s foot come to mind.  I think it’s weird and I’ve been doing it for twenty-five years.   It doesn’t help that the principles behind it can be obtuse to the layman, or worse, seem foreign.   There is still an almost religious belief that only pharmaceutical drugs and radiation are “real”.   So, we’ve porcupine jokes and accusations of blasphemy on the one hand,  and theories that are more comfortably associated with quantum mechanics on the other. Still, the tradition goes on.  It continues because it adapts to whatever time and place it finds itself.

Dialogues with other  healing systems are some of the most fascinating aspects of being  a modern practitioner.  In one place I have traded notes with a professor at a medical school, a Pharmacist and an MD,  but also Ayurvedic physicians, Homeopaths,  Naturopaths, an Osteopath,  a Bach flower remedy practitioner,  Herbalists and  massage therapists.  Such is Integrative Medicine.

It’s not a question of do these things work.  All of these methods work in that they can positively effect health on a regular basis.  A good grounding in one’s own school of thought  and an open mind are needed now for modern practitioners of any school.

Healers and health-care professionals

The oddity of healing as a business should be addressed.  The goal in healing is to regain or maintain a vibrant state of life.  The questions become, “How can this be done?” , “How can this be done most effectively?”,  ” How can this be done with the least expense and effort?” and “What methods are the least harmful to the person and the greater system?”.

The paradox of healing people for a living is that one hopes the person, now customer, doesn’t need to see you.  If they have to see you you hope they are are cured by seeing you once.  The latter is the goal because it means you were effective,  that your art is advanced enough to really work.  Even if the patient is healed by coming in and telling their story or by one treatment one hopes they will never have to see you again.  This of course is madness from a business perspective.  It is an unrealistic and unattainable ideal.    The ideal is useful, however, to measure how far one has strayed from it to a business model.  I believe this has to be kept in mind  just as much as things like achieving a robust traffic flow or how to keep customers coming back to you.