When my patients ask for lifestyle advice to handle stress, anxiety, and depression, I give them advice from the perspective of the Taoist lineage that I practice (Longmen Pai), because sometimes “Don’t Worry Be Happy” just doesn’t cut it.
Of course, it’s only if they ask.
I don’t want anyone to feel as if I’m trying to “convert” them into another belief even though the beauty of practicing Taoism is that there’s no deity, and there’s no belief system. There is only “you” and “now” and “reality.” ***
The photo above is me practicing the fundamental aspect of Taoism that I practice called Zuowang, or “Sitting in Oblivion” (sometimes translated as “sitting/forgetting”). Through that practice, the only things that exist are my breath and “now,” which then merge into one. It allows me to fully realize this moment, and allows my peace of mind to rise back to the surface after years lying dormant beneath turbid layers of fear and anger after human society has sunk their claws into me for such a long time.
And because I practice Taoism, I rather enjoy speaking from that point of view to prolong the acupuncture treatments for stress, anxiety, and depression. In the same way that we acupuncturists give material advice (usually in the form of a specific diet and exercise) for a long-lasting treatment of physical pain, I give spiritual advice for a long-lasting treatment of emotional pain.
But be careful here, when I’m talking about spirituality, I’m referring to it as opposed to materialism. While the latter focuses mostly on external influences to reach a balanced state, such as taking herbal medicines, eating a healthy diet, or going to the gym… spirituality is all about finding a healthy balance from the within the mind.
Life from the Taoist point of view (with the help of Zen) is how I choose to help others (again, only if they ask), because it continues to help me. As I said before, it has no deity nor a belief system, and it’s only “goal” is inner peace. So no matter whether you’re an atheist or a devout Christian, it can help you tremendously.
After all, acupuncture theory has its roots in Taoism.
***Footnote: All three concepts are basically the same thing, but it’s a pretty advanced concept that I’m still working on, and it’s well outside the purposes of this post.
This point works for anxiety, nausea, and motion sickness (and other conditions as well). I actually wore a bracelet that constantly pressed on this point throughout a cruise ship vacation and it relieved my motion sickness so well that I was able to party pretty hard throughout! This acupuncture point works :)
Just and update on last weekend’s Wushu/Tai Chi Chuan performance competition, I earned 1st Place on all three categories! Tai Chi Chuan empty hand form, Tai Chi Chuan sword form, and Traditional Wushu short weapons form (Wudang sword). All of them in beginner’s levels.
It was really exciting, and I was encouraged to compete in the intermediate skill levels next year!
And to be completely honest, I wasn’t really looking to earn any medals or win anything. The beauty of individual performance competitions is that you’re completely free to believe that the only person you’re competing against is yourself… or your “self.” So my secret to training is actually meditation and Qigong.
Apparently, the flow of my movements were so smooth and serene that someone even asked me if I was a monk LOL! I actually am, just not in the way he thought I was. I’m a Longmen Pai monk, not a Wudang warrior monk :)
One of the most common questions that I get is if acupuncture can help someone lose unwanted weight or to stop smoking. To be honest, I really don’t like answering that question only because people don’t really like my answer.
In short… yes and no. If your question actually is whether or not it can help you lose weight or quit smoking then yes, it can help. However, that’s usually not what many people are asking. Many people are asking whether acupuncture can lose weight or stop smoking for them. And the answer is a big fat no.
The bottom line is that the goal of acupuncture is to assist the body in reaching its homeostasis. Whether it’s to increase blood flow where it’s lacking, inhibit certain neurotransmitters or hormones, block pain receptors, etc…. acupuncture is not going to stop you from picking up that Big Mac or Newport.
However, what it can do is balance out your system and create an environment in order to readily invite whatever changes that you want to make in your life. For example, I utilize acupuncture to help relax your body and flush out all those stress toxins that are circulating in your system thereby reducing your cravings for cigarettes or certain types of food. I can also teach you how to meditate in order to relax your mind and reinforce a healthy lifestyle change. In summary, I can assist you to want to make good lifestyle decisions, but acupuncture isn’t going to make those decisions for you.
This is why I don’t advertise acupuncture for smoking cessation or weight loss. Those things involve mostly patient compliance. If I advertise that acupuncture works for those things, and the patient does nothing to change their own lifestyle, then the end result is “acupuncture sucks and doesn’t work.” Acupuncture can help you some of the way, but the patient has to do the rest of the work on their own in the form of improved lifestyle changes and discipline.
My baby girl Alee is incredibly (and vocally) fascinated with the colors of the trees outside. It’s cute, but considering that all you see on the news are grown ass adults doing things violently wrong all the time, then she isn’t just cute, she’s right. Those trees are the absolute most awesomest things ever.
New groundbreaking research shows that the insertion of an acupuncture needle into the skin disrupts the branching point of nerves called C fibres.
This is incredible.
I’ve been doing a lot of personal research to explain how acupuncture works within the frame of modern physiology (and even biophysics), and this article takes all my findings and expands upon them enormously.