Roots & Branches Revisited

by Rick DeTroye, LAc, MAcOM

Roots & Branches Revisited, A few years ago, I put together a couple of newsletters and sent them out to clients, friends and business contacts with the intention of introducing people to my practice and to Chinese medicine.  I titled the newsletter, Roots & Branches, in reference to the Chinese medical concepts of ben and biao, AKA,  root and branch.  I'd hoped that it might offer me an opportunity to share information about acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine with its readers, so that they might get a better understanding of what these practices could offer them. 

Well, somewhere between laziness and paving the road to hell, my good intentions evaporated and I gave up on the newsletter idea.  It was much more work than I'd anticipated and, although I received a lot of positive feedback about what I wrote, my inner writer was effectively squelched.

Since the demise of Roots & Branches, I've often caught myself daydreaming about articles I'd write if I were still publishing it.  I've been practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine for 15 years, since August of 1998.  During that time, I've worked in a variety of settings and treated people with a wide range of illnesses and conditions.  I've studied with some great teachers who have broadened my understanding of Chinese medicine, what it can treat and who it might benefit.  I've also worked with some terrific patients who, more than anyone, have taught me about how the body works, how the spirit and emotions contribute to healing and what it means to be an acupuncturist.  I believe that things emerge when they need to, when the energy is "ripe".  As my old friend and mentor, Ray, used to say, "It's all about the timing."  It seems that it's time to start writing again, to share some of my thoughts on acupuncture and Chinese medicine, as well as insights from other sources, in the hope that they may help folks in their journeys of healing.  And just to reassure you, MOST of us are on journeys of healing of one sort or another.