Tag Archives: east asian medicine

Ke Garne? What To Do?

If you have spent any time with local Nepalese, you will have heard the phrase “Ke Garne.”  It literally translates to “what to do?”   It is said when life presents you with a difficult situation or a frustrating situation or really anything challenging. The first time I heard ‘Ke Garne’ was from a patient […]

Spring Tis’ The Season of the Liver and Gallbladder

In Traditional East Asian Medicine our bodies are a microcosm of the natural world. Each organ system is related to a season, an aspect of nature, a cognitive function, a body tissue, and an emotion. March marks the beginning of spring and the season of the Liver and Gallbladder in East Asian Medicine. The Liver […]

Under Pressure

Today is Wednesday, the day I juggle two outreach clinics in one day. The clinics sit about twenty minutes apart by motorcycle. The morning clinic is in the village of Sipodol, nestled between green mountains and terraced fields. The afternoon clinic is in the bustling urban metropolis of Bhaktapur. It takes Sachyamohan and me forty-five […]

Compassion Connects: Volunteering in Nepal

In just three weeks, I will be boarding a plane at the SeaTac International airport loaded down with clinical supplies and warm clothing.   My destination– Nepal.  Once in country, I will spend the next two months volunteering for the Acupuncture Relief Project at a high-volume, non-profit acupuncture clinic based in the Kathmandu valley.  The […]

The Pulse: The Flow of Information from You to Your Acupuncturist

Most acupuncturists use pulse reading as a diagnostic tool to provide a deeper understanding of what is going on in the body.  The pulse provides an objective view of health, and can give information on imbalances that patiences are either not aware of or cannot put into words.  It is another way that East Asian […]

Of Tongues and Men

I know your mom taught you that it wasn’t polite to stick your tongue out at people, especially not to esteemed individuals such as healthcare professionals.  I’m here to tell you that you can righteously loll your tongue out as an emblem of your current health.   Why? Practitioners of East Asian Medicine (acupuncturists) use a […]