Point of Care Acupuncture Clinic officially welcomes a new member of the healthcare team.
It took some time to get her to join the practice as she was determined to finish her studies in Manila and in North America. Finally, she has decided to work with us in promoting better healthcare to our fellow Boholanos and the fellowmen who come seeking optimal wellness. It is our mutual goal to endeavor together to bring complementary healthcare to the fore and make the best of our skills available to the community; to build a healthier society.
Allow me therefore to introduce to you Lorence Mae L. Sia, who is a physical therapist by profession. Additionally, she specializes in Manual Therapy, a type of physical therapy that eschews the unecessary use of machines and emphasizes on therapist to patient interaction and encourages patient cooperation during the therapy. This results in earlier attainment of therapeutic results and autonomy of the patient. Lorence is also trained in the NADA protocol of detoxicifcation and rehabilitation; a sub-specialty of ear acupuncture that helps people recover from addictions, depression, post-trauma stress and various toxicities from drugs, bad habits and emotional stress.
She will be contributing to this blog whenever she has interesting and helpful experiences and insights to share. This will make the blog entries to this website a bit more lively.
Please check out her professional profile on the ABOUT US section. Call or text the clinic cellphone should you wish to set an appointment with her.
The chilly autumn morning air in Tsukuba City was filled with anticipation as one of the most prestigious conventions on acupuncture and moxibustion was opened with a taiko drum performance and speeches by some of the officers and organizers of the 2016 WFAS convention in Tsukuba/Tokyo, Japan.
I've been to Japan only one other time in my life and that was more than 28 years ago. Back then, only Tokyo Disneyland mattered to us and the rest of the tour was a blur. I did remember throngs of people in business suits, carrying briefcases, getting on buses on their way to work. At the end of the day, even more people gathered along the streets of Ginza for a brief unwinding before going home. That was almost three decades ago and I have been procrastinating my plans to visit again. I never thought that my uncommon medical specialty would give me the reason to fulfill that plan. When WFAS announced that the 2016 convention was going to be held in Tsukuba and Tokyo, I booked a ticket for me and my wife in a heartbeat and booked a hotel without a second thought.
The first and only other WFAS convention I attended was in 2012 in Bandung, Indonesia. I was there with a friend and colleague. The following years were filled with concerns in my homeland which discouraged me from joining the conventions. After having successfully set up the new clinic and upgrading some aspects of the practice, I believed it was time to experience an international convention again. Thus, our journey into Japan, that fascinating land and its rich culture began.
I will skip the first few parts of my travelogue and go directly to the morning of the first day of the convention. Tsukuba is a city of learning. The Tsukuba Expo Center that features the Tsukuba Science City, an interactive science museum and a large planetarium that has some unique features. The location of the convention is in the 4 storey Tsukuba International Congress Center. For a non-major city in Japan, this convention center was truly impressive and larger than even the largest we have in Manila.
The hallway also featured ancient medical texts and images that traces Japan's knowledge of oriental medicine and its adaptation of Traditional Chinese Medicine through the Koreans who visited the country sometime before the Warring States Period.
Following the luncheon sessions were a series of over 15 technical sessions in a series on using acupuncture to address diseases during the various stages of human development and aging. I found this a logical and realistic approach as it tackled almost all aspects of healthcare. From non-penetrative methods for young children to combined moxibustion techniques for chronic diseases of the elderly, the sheer amount of knowledge was a bit too much for my brain capacity and a hurting backside from all the sitting sure didn't help but I finished the lectures in the main hall before I had to stretch my legs while looking at the product exhibits in another area of the building.
The gala dinner was held in the Okura Hotel near the congress center and I was treated to good food and that renowned Japanese hospitality. I met a number of prominent people including Shudo sensei and Okada sensei with whom I had an opportunity for pictures and an exchange of business cards. I got to meet other proponents of Oriental medicine as well. Then I had to be on my way back to the hotel which required nearly 2 hours of travel by train. It was a very inspiring if not overwhelming first day but it promised a productive several days during and after the official activities of the convention.
I will continue this report and travelogue on the next entry.
Perhaps one of the most common resolutions we put out for the new year is a promise to live healthier. We know how much we owe this to ourselves and our loved ones especially those who have come to depend on our continued support and care. Though the earth is not getting any healthier for while we are starting to curb our carbon emissions in some areas, the threat of nuclear war looms in others. These are of course global in their impact and we will all experience the consequences if all efforts to stop such threats should fail. Then there are the ever evolving forms of infectious diseases which continue to bear a great burden upon our public health systems. That of course translates to more anxieties for the future on the individual.
Living healthier however is a personal undertaking. We cannot stop the global problems immediately but we can be better citizens by keeping ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually fit. This reduces the number of sick people and increases the number of people who can work to better the situation of society. This goes without saying of course that a healthy person cultivates a healthy attitude towards life and all aspects thereof. Allow me to indulge in a bit of human philosophy in this entry. There is a question we can all ask ourselves to begin this year with some purpose. How would you like this year to be remembered? I realized this question while writing my personal journal. The entries of which I hope would reflect an improved person from the one in the entries of the past year. Resolutions are only good if they are achieved and they manage to resolve the deficiency of the individual. In my observation, only the most resolved person can manage to fulfill his plans to be better. This is of course fueled greatly by circumstance and no small measure of grace from the One who also desires our improvement and growth. In fact, I personally believe that all things are only made possible by grace. It is therefore impossible to achieve any personal growth apart from the granting of such blessing from the Creator who is in complete control of everything in the universe. Spirituality is cornerstone in self-improvement. No matter how healthy the body and the mind are, without the spiritual aspect, one does not have clear purpose. In this situation, an individual is vulnerable to repetitive blunders and depression being the natural consequence.
Better health is within your grasp. Begin by seeking out the spiritual center of everything. God is always listening and if you doubt his existence, you can still pray an honest prayer to help you believe. If you choose not to take this path, I advice you to take up journal writing to document your thoughts. Write without restraining yourself. Soon, an honest picture of your inner person will emerge. While you might be tempted to burn your journal, try and learn from it before you do so. This will be a good therapy for both the mind and the spirit and it does involve the tactile input of the body to tie things up. In any case, I hope it will be something new for you to do this year. I will share my journal therapy as I put together some lessons for those who will find this interesting.
My prayers for a better and blessed new year for everyone!
Allow me to begin with my insight into the metaphysical aspect of Chinese medicine. It has always fascinated me how different the manner of thinking of the ancients were from our spoon-fed modern minds of today. We are so heavily bombarded with so much information that we take in a lot of stimulus garbage through our five senses filtering most of them out but learning very little that are of any real significance to our lives.
The ancients from both east and west believed in the world being comprised of five elements. The Greek philosopher Aristotle(322 BC-384 BC) mentioned fire, water, air, earth and aether (quintessence or the fifth element). In China, the Taoist sage Lao Tzu(circa 520 BC) taught that the elements that comprise the world are: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. These civilizations probably met only centuries later when the silk road became established. Of the two, the Chinese philosophy retained its presence and influence in the east until this day. Much of the cultures in the Far East are influenced heavily by the principles laid down by Tao philosophers.
My take on the flow of the elements in supporting one another is like this: WOOD when fully mature and dry ignites and fuels FIRE. FIRE burns to yield ash which returns to EARTH. EARTH is where we obtain METAL. METAL at its purest is liquid, thus yields WATER. WATER nourishes plants thus supporting the growth and maturity of WOOD.
The elements also work to control one another in that; WOOD holds the EARTH. EARTH contains and absorbs WATER. WATER puts out FIRE. FIRE melts METAL. METAL tools cut WOOD. Thus the elements are interrelated in supporting their functions and also in controlling each others energies. How this will affect human health will be taken up in the next article.
Thanks for reading my first post!