Liver channel. Woodblock illustration from a work on Chinese medicine by the 18th century Japanese physician Hara Masakatsu, published in 1807. Woodcut. 

Library of Zhongguo zhongyi yanjiu yuan (China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine), Jingxue huijie (Collected Notes on the Points and Channels) 
Hara Masakatsu (Japanese physician, 18th Century) 
Sokei Tei (Japan)  1807 

Wellcome Library, London

"It’s probably not very surprising that science has been unable to locate chi energy on any X-Rays. What might be surprising is that despite this, actual scientific studies that don’t involve a single ‘spirit crystal’ show that acupuncture actually freaking works. Yes, according to that article in The Wall Street Journal, ‘neuroimaging studies show that it seems to calm areas of the brain that register pain and activate those involved in rest and recuperation,’ all of which sounds surprisingly official for a pain-relief method that involves repeated stabbing.” #CrackedClassic

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Here’s a scale comparison between acupuncture needles and the needles you’ll find at your family doctor’s office. You can fit a lot of acupuncture needles into one medical hypodermic needle!

Acupuncture does not hurt at all!

Oh, balls.

Acupuncture isn’t covered by my insurance. Can’t complain much though because it covers all of our infertility stuff and is the best health insurance I’ve ever had. 

It really isn’t a huge deal though. I just sent an email to a community acupuncture center in the area. They operate on a sliding scale, same as the one I went to before we conceived Harry. 

Hope I can start next week. 


Acupunk… I saw these on cafepress, and I like it.

Being a fan of classic punk/hardcore, I find some similarities between Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine and Punk music.

The mainstream doesn’t understand us, yet they don’t want us here. They treat us horribly, but the number of people who do believe in us are growing rapidly because we have what the mainstream lacks… we treat you as uniquely you. That’s compassion.  

Of the mainstream that do accept us, many of them steal our ideas, but reduce them to the watered down versions of what we’re really about, and it simply does not work. Even within us, there are people who try a little too hard to “look” and “speak” a certain way, which also takes away from the essence of what we do. Posers.

We don’t mess around, we get right to the “point.” Besides the pun, I mean that we don’t mask your pain… we make the attempt to get to the source of it. What we do penetrates right into your body, your mind, and you spirit. 

I mean come on… needles, fire-cupping, electric stimulation, guasha/scraping, plum blossom/7-star needles, acupressure/deep tissue? Totally punk. 

Most of us do it because at some point in our lives, the mainstream wasn’t working for us. So we went for this alternative and it changed our lives, and we hope to do the same for others. 

We’re simply raw, organic, and real.

From the top of my head, those are why I think “Acupunk” is pretty accurate. On the other hand, I can find a few similarities that Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine has with Jazz music, but that’s for another post :)

“There was no need for a term like ‘magical thinking’ in the Golden Age of Man…there was only genuine everyday magic and mysticism. Children were not mocked or scolded in those days for singing to the rain or talking to the wind.” – Anthon St.Maarten

The world we live in is driven by corporate profits, money, over-development, greed which has reduced us to mere commodities, drifting us away from our roots, our ancient ones and beliefs. But what if I told you that old school wisdom is the saving resort in these challenging times.

Even modern science doesn’t disagree with some of the ancient beliefs. In fact, inculcating some of the ancient psychological practices in your daily life can transform you into a healthier and happier being. Lets take a look at the 8 ancient beliefs validated by modern science.

Love is All you Need

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ Lao Tzu

Love is the answer to all the problems of life. As the Beatles put it, “All you need is love.”  It harmonises the fluctuating nature of mind and keeps it positive. Researchers and Psychologists concluded that love is a powerful antidote to fight stress, conflict, dilemma and depression. It keeps one’s mental, emotional and physical being in sync. It eliminates the negative emotions of the self that adversely affect immunity and cardiovascular functions.

Be Compassionate

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” ― Dalai Lama

Compassion is an ability to acknowledge the emotional state of our fellow human beings. Several studies prove that people who practice compassion experience constant change in their brain and respond positively to stress. They have a better immune system, reduced anxiety and a great overall sense of satisfaction and well being. In Tibetan Buddhism, Metta Bhavana is a form of meditation to practice compassion, that boost one’s ability to empathize with others.

Art of Acceptance

“Of course there is no formula for success except, perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.” - Arthur Rubinstein

Acceptance is an act of courage, its about embracing the present moment the way it is. Accepting things that cannot be changed helps in reducing suffering and letting go of the mental clutter. A study showed that accepting what cannot be changed is key to happiness and greater life satisfaction in old age after loss of independence.

Community Belonging

“If you want to go fast…go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” — African Proverb

It is an emotionally overwhelming statement. Human mind is designed in a way that community acceptance plays an integral role in releasing happy hormones in the brain. Research has proved that community support helps one in boosting self-esteem. Social relationships and a sense of belongingness increases one’s cultural proficiency and communication skills. It has a direct psychological impact where you are emotionally charged up to support and seek support.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Meditation is the best medication. This ancient technique of reaching a higher level of consciousness affects our psychological well-being by reducing stress, depression, anxiety, blood pressure, addiction, boosts immune system and improves memory. It can transform your brain, create new circuits or change the way neurons talk to each other.

Tai Chi Helps Prevent Many Age-related Health Problems

Tai Chi, the ancient Chinese mind-body practice, can help treat or prevent many age-related health problems. Also known as moving meditation, Tai Chi is considered to be safe for people of all ages as it does not put too much stress on the muscles and joints. Studies have proved that it benefits people suffering from arthritis, low bone density and heart disease.

Acupuncture for Pain Relief

Acupuncture, the 3000-year old Chinese medicinal technique, is based on natural laws that govern the movement of vital life-force energy called “Chi” within our body.

The Chi energy flows through meridians (pathways) within the physical body coordinating the functions of mind, body and spirit. The ancient technique of inserting hair thin needles at specific points along the channels of Chi energy, helps the body to restore balance and regain energy. Its also an effective way to relieve migraines, arthritis and other chronic pains.

Honour yourself by Helping Others

“Be not inhospitable to strangers lest they be angels in disguise.” – Walls of Shakespeare and Company Bookshop

Plato looked at happiness in two different ways. In one form, one is incarcerated in fulfilling one’s selfish needs and motives that make them happy. This is being hedonist that leads to hedonist happiness. It is temporary in nature. On the contrary, the happiness that one gets in helping others is known as eudemonic happiness that is enduring in nature.

It leaves one feeling positive and beautiful. Eudemonic happiness leads to production of enzymes in the body that fights virus and other harmful elements. Multiple journals have been published describing the linkage between being helpful and healthy.

Lovers! Cupping is an old Chinese method of relieving pain and extracting toxins from the body. Vacuum is created by placing heated cups on the skin, creating suction and bringing blood flow and energy to the treated area.

I got this treatment together with acupuncture today because an old injury in my upper back flared up yesterday and I’m in a lot it pain (this happens once or twice per year, usually if I’m been stressing or overdoing my travels) and it felt absolutely amazing! It literally feels like the pain is being lifted out of the body. It can create some serious bruising, I’ll show you what my back looks like tomorrow… Holistic kisses of love!😊🙈😁

#cupping #acupuncture #painfree

Just as a reminder, my acupuncture clinic Purple Cloud Center for Eastern Medicine offers extremely affordable, yet highly effective and safe acupuncture treatments in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL. 

Here’s a list of my rates.

So if you live in the area, please do come by. Whether you’d like a treatment or just want to have some tea with me and ask how this all works, I’d be happy to see you!

I’m offering student and military discounts, and discount packages are available :)

"I'm here because I have fibromyalgia. This has been so helpful, literally my saving grace"

The woman beside me in the acupuncture waiting room said to the woman on her left. The woman responded that she too suffered from fibromyalgia and that acupuncture has been really helpful. The two ladies continued talking and became instant friends, realizing how much they had in common.

I couldn’t help but feel both a wave of frustration and jealousy. Frustration with the stigma associated with eating disorders and mental health in general, and jealous that these two ladies could so very openly connect about their struggles without shame and secrecy.

I hope that I can, in some way, change at least one persons view on mental health stigma. It just isn’t fair that psychological illness is viewed so differently than physical.