Core Health Philosophy
In the body’s complex bio-mechanism, there are fundamental systems at the ‘core’ of it’s constitution. Often these fundamental constitutional systems become out of balance in an individual, leading to a host of possible symptoms. To effectively treat a patient, I address these core constitutional imbalances as well as alleviating symptoms. This affords faster and longer lasting results. Core Health, or having a healthy core, means bringing the body’s most fundamental systems into balance.
In Chinese medical theory, this concept is described in terms of the ‘root’ and the ‘branch.’ The “Root” refers to deeper organ systems, meridians, and vessels that are at the foundation of an individual’s constitution. The “Branch” refers to symptoms that can arise from disharmonies in the Root of an individual’s constitution. It is important to treat the Root as well as a patient’s symptoms. If the Root is treated and harmonized, the Branch, or symptoms, are less likely to return.
A bit more about me
I have a Masters in Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture. There, I studied Chinese and Japanese acupuncture, as well as Chinese herbal medicine. I started my acupuncture practice originally in Brookline, MA in 2009.
In 2010 I began working with Kiiko Matsumoto at her clinic in Newton, MA. There I assisted her in her work and was fortunate to learn from this master acupuncturist directly. I have tried to emulate her style in my practice as much as possible.
I came to practice acupuncture after a long career in the sciences. I graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor and Masters of Science in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. In my career as a chemist, I worked on a wide variety of projects in industry, from cancer research, to new materials for electroluminescent devices, to environmentally friendly diesel fuel formulations, to organic photographic systems. My work was most concentrated in cancer research, having done this both at Boston University and as a long time employee of AstraZeneca.
The problem solving and analytical skills that I have practiced for years have helped me immensely in the study and application of the principles and techniques of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
I have also been a long time student of the Korean martial art of Shim Gum Do. It was studying at their school in Brighton under Great Zen Master Founding Master Chang Sik Kim that I became interested in Eastern Arts and Eastern Thought. My training there helped to make my mind and body strong, and gave me a solid foundation for the practice of acupuncture.