I practise in North Hobart, Tasmania as an Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Practitioner and have interests in writing health related articles and content that others might find intriguing or helpful. In that respect I am constantly looking for the connections that exist between science, physiology and Chinese Medicine theory, its fascinating. As a practitioner, my particular interest is in musculoskeletal and chronic pain conditions, headaches and Lower Back Pain.
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Although I have always had an interest in health paradigms, I first became interested in Chinese medicine after being hospitalised in London.
The first thing this experience gave me, is an enourmous amount of respect for the work of nurses and Doctors. I was deeply grateful for the care I received and also realised how great the medical system there in the U.K is.
From this I began to realise how important it is to consider health and well being from a preventative approach, as apposed to “fixing things after it’s broke”…. it seemed the massive amounts of stress were a reasonable explanation to my shortcomings.
That sparked my interest in the medical system and than after leaving London and returning to Gold Coast Australia, I read my very first book on Chinese Medicine, by Daniel Reid called:
The Complete Book of Chinese Health and Healing: Guarding the Three Treasures.
The book described in detail how emotions are the primary cause of disease and that we should guard something called the 3 x treasures. These guiding principles centred around diet, herbal medicine and Chinese Medicine physiological theory.
I was hooked to this idea of preventative health and decided to immediately enrole in a Bachelor of Health Science degree (Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine) on the Gold Coast. Within a week of reading that book, I began the process of getting all registration paperwork together
After deciding to study preventative medicine and Acupuncture, I became fascinated with meditation.
My first book on meditation was called “The Attention Revolution” by B Allan Wallace, which detailed the 9 levels of attention that lead to the one pointed attention and absorption they call “samadhi”.
However, I found the practice limiting because to gain the depth of attention the book was discussing, one needs the right environment that can allow for extensive practice without the usual intrusions that society brings.
Whilst studying Acupuncture, I recall someone mentioning Vipassana meditation…..When I asked how it all worked, I found out that it was a 10 x day retreat in total silence, at a retreat/centre that was run purely from volunteers and good will donations of those that took the course and felt they benefitted from the experience. 10 x days in silence and meditating for 12 – 16 x hours a day….”Sign me up for that!!” I thought.
The reason this experience alone was so beneficial, was that I was able to experience for myself directly from technique how I was responsible for what I would usually blame others for. The technique helps you experience directly what is happening on a psycho-emotional and physiological level using your awareness, finding the true causes of negative and positive emotional states. It became a new perspective and new way of directing attention in more positive ways.