Hi again everyone!
As old man winter maintains his grip on Chicagoland, I have made
my final determination on whether to continue with an additional
degree, and, if so, what degree would best suit my future practice.
The decision was between completing a doctor of chiropractic degree
or a master's in acupuncture degree. I decided that based upon my
future practice, what I wish to accomplish with my patients in my
office and my own personal interests, to pursue the master's degree
I think the NUHS
website best states what acupuncture is all about...
Acupuncture is an ancient healing
technique that is over 3,000 years old. It is based on the
insertion of thin, sterile needles into strategic points on the
body that lie along specific energy meridian
Acupuncture is one of the five main
branches of oriental medicine. The goal of acupuncture is to
promote healing through rebalancing the patient's Qi (or chi)
energy. When the Qi is weak, excessive or blocked, it can cause
illness and disease.
An acupuncturist may stimulate
acupuncture points and meridians using needles, or employ
electronic stimulation, magnets or lasers to acupuncture points for
enhanced healing. Other meridian and point therapies may include
acupressure, the application of heat through moxibustion, drawing
out energy through cupping, and a specialized massage system called
An increasing number of hospitals
and integrative care centers are employing acupuncturists for both
medical treatment and wellness programs. Acupuncturists may also
start their own practice, or work in pain management clinics,
fertility clinics, and weight loss or addiction treatment centers.
Even cosmetic and spa facilities are now offering acupuncture for
clients to relieve stress and combat the effects of aging.
Finally, the master's degree in acupuncture is accredited by the
Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
(ACAOM), which is recognized in most of the 50 states (6 states
have no licensing act for acupuncture and California has its own
This is an exciting turn in my fledgling career as a
caregiver! My intent is to utilize acupuncture where and when
appropriate for my patients' overall well-being. In other words,
another tool in my toolbox to help others return to a basis for
This was an exciting weekend for the NUHS Whole Health Center!
Naturopathic interns participated in the annual Healthy Lombard
Fair held at the Yorktown Center mall as representatives for NUHS
and the NUHS Whole Health Center.
The Healthy Lombard Fair is a gathering of health-oriented
organizations within the Lombard area. Health centers,
universities, exercise groups, and health-oriented businesses
gather in one spot to promote healthy living. One could find care
and strategies, suggestions and ideas for a healthy lifestyle
ranging from prenatal.
We naturopathic interns from NUHS represented our school and all
programs provided by the NUHS Whole Health Center thoroughly and
had a great time while we were at it. We discussed our wide range
of services available at the clinic such as...
Finally, a new local cable access program supporting healthy
living in Lombard asked each of us to give a healthy tip of the day
for the local program. So, each of us (Kish, Heather, Jerrica, and
yours truly) took a turn in front of the camera to give a daily
healthy guideline for the show's viewers.
The Healthy Lombard Fair was a great way for our interns to gain
practice and exposure with the general public to speak about
naturopathic medicine (or as I like to say 'conservative primary
care') and generate some positive publicity for our clinic here at
Until next week, stay warm and look for spring coming around the
Well, we are at that time of the trimester where the days seem
to drag a bit and we are concerned either with midterms or
double-checking our competencies, skills assessments and total
numbers for graduation.
Each intern is either busy seeing patients, busy scheduling
patients or busy with practicing competencies, discussing treatment
strategies, and assessing each other prior to sitting with a
clinician for assessment.
As I write this, I see my colleagues discussing botanicals
protocols for estrogen balance in a post-menopausal female, as well
as the proper settings for immersed ultrasound therapy for a wrist
As far as my competencies and numbers are concerned, I'm closing
in on my primary visits as the primary intern, pretty much have my
competencies covered except for a couple of items, and am ready to
start my assessment discussions.
That being said, time to get back to the grindstone, finish up
charting my last two patients, and hopefully end clinic on time
Until next week, keep your nose to the grindstone and we will
visit again soon!
This past week has seen some of the greatest teamwork I have
witnessed since beginning clinic observation over a week ago.
Sometimes when working as an intern at the NUHS Whole Health
Center one can feel a bit 'behind the eight ball.' Seemingly
running from patient to patient, keeping the cases and patient
presentation in mind, completing and filing paperwork, correcting
paperwork, retrieving and returning needed supplies for each
patient visit is a challenge, all while ensuring that our patients
have our undivided attention and best possible care to attain the
most favorable outcome.
During these times, as naturopathic interns, we feel that we can
accomplish everything, don't really need anyone and can never 'miss
a beat.' Well, I'm here to tell you that great teammates mean
everything! There's the teammate, a secondary on a patient visit,
who goes the extra mile by staying late to help with getting lab
samples centrifuged, plasma gathered and shipped overnight to the
lab for processing ensuring the patient will have their results in
a timely manner. There are the teammates who flawlessly fill in for
an intern with a patient who needs regular treatment, help the
patient on their healing process, and give the patient a strong
sense of continuity of care. Finally, there is the teammate who can
step in at a moment's notice with a patient who needs expert
procedural care or a quite challenging venipuncture and can hit the
bullseye with excellent bedside manner, giving the patient
confidence in the care we provide.
Part of the joy of attending in the NUHS Whole Health Center is
precisely the teamwork shared by the naturopathic interns here. At
any moment, we could be the primary intern on a case, the
secondary, or called in to help with a skill that we have mastered.
We all recognize each other's strengths and call on each other,
without ego interfering, when we need the help. This is my idea of
being a doctor, healer, and caregiver. This is how I envision my
future clinic running. This is the type of intern/doctor that I am
proud to share my education with here at NUHS and in the future as
Much thanks to all of my colleagues here at NUHS for your
knowledge sharing, cooperation and guidance. I am fortunate to have
spent some time with you here at NUHS and feel secure in the future
of our medicine with you in practice and caring for our fellow
Winter continues here at NUHS in the Chicago suburbs. While not
a normal winter for the Chicagoland area, the snow has been
beautiful in its ubiquitous falling, blanketing and build-up!
Clinic has chugged along through the weather, low temps and snow
squalls. Our interns and clinicians have battled through the
snarled traffic, snowdrifts and partially successful attempts to
start their vehicles to maintain the excellent level of care that
the NUHS naturopathic clinic provides!
On days that are not as busy because of the weather, those of us
who are in tenth trimester clinic are going through our portfolios
and check-off sheets to ensure that we have met our requirements
for graduation. When possible, we sit with a clinician and speak of
various ailments, maladies and injuries followed by the appropriate
triage, treatment and healing strategies for a patient with that
The portfolio includes everything from prenatal care to
geriatrics and all stages of life, health and illness in between.
Combined with our patient variety, over 450 or more total unique
visits and rotations with the Salvation Army clinic in Chicago, the
Naperville clinic and homeopathic rotations, we are well prepared
as we sit down to discuss these patient conditions and how we would
So, even though winter is keeping most of us indoors for the
next few days, we are quite busy with our clinic duties and
fulfilling clinic requirements...well, except for the occasional
midnight stroll through a nice little snowstorm!
Until next week, keep warm and talk to you then!
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