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Three Weeks In

The ninth trimester interns have joined us at the NUHS Chicago Whole Health Center. The new interns do not have patients in the beginning of the trimester, so they help out with the tenth trimesters' patients and shadow us. It's a weird feeling knowing that you have people looking up to you. I remember when I started as an intern at this clinic back in September; I was slightly in awe of how much the tenth trimester interns knew and how smoothly they worked with patients. That all comes with time, and now there are new interns that might be feeling the same way.

In my acupuncture course this week, electroacupuncture, cupping, and fire cupping were covered. Electroacupuncture is a form of acupuncture in which a small electrical current is passed between pairs of needles. Electrical currents have stimulating effects, which can influence the cells, tissues and entire systems. It can be looked at as an amped up form of acupuncture and is particularly good for treating pain. I personally have used electroacupuncture on patients with muscle atrophy and certain pain syndromes.

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Cupping therapy before and after

Cupping or fire cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a cup is placed on the skin to produce a local area of suction. The suction is created using mechanical devices or by using heat (fire). Cupping is considered safe, but it can cause areas of bruising and swelling following treatment. This therapy is used for respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, and congestion. It is also used for certain gastrointestinal disorders, muscular disorders, and certain types of pain.

The end is very near for me. I received a reminder email from Student Services to petition for graduation. They needed my size for my graduation gown, how I would like my name on my diploma, how many people I expect at the graduation ceremony, etc. This also begins the process of auditing all my classwork and credentials to ensure graduation eligibility. Very exciting!