This was started yesterday but you know what? it just did not feel right. Today is fine. Hmm call me superstitious but day 13 on a Saturday is better than on a Friday.
I had a request yesterday which requires a biog and to include my specialities or interests within Traditional Chinese Medicine. It got me thinking………….. of women.
Yet, as an acupuncturist I find myself really drawn to female care. It got me pondering, why now? Personally I think this medicine lends itself to non-gender specific care.
Yeah right, I know straight away it sounds like a contradiction but bare with me on this. In Western medicine aspects of the body are put into categories (or boxes!) so heart problems go to cardiology, bones to orthopaedics, eyes to ophthalmology and so on. Women’s issues come under Obstetrics and Gynaecology where the focus is on either the breast area or female organs. Analysing it now I think that this narrow yet intense focus put me off working in women’s health. What was missing for me was the female psyche, not much attention if any was given to this.
I am or have been a daughter, sister, wife, mother, granddaughter, goddaughter and auntie, I am a SHE. Quite a lot of female roles under my belt, so I should be fairly well versed in the psyche of a woman. This medicine I now practice allows me to celebrate WOMEN the way they should be as a whole person not just a collection of organs relating to the X Chromosome.
The scope of practice is amazing when working with women throughout the different stages of life, from puberty to old age. Sure we still focus on menstrual problems, fertility issues, pregnancy care and menopausal care but it is from a holistic stance where the women’s psychosocial, and emotional well-being feature just as strongly as her physical concerns.
Before anyone comments I am well aware that in China there are Obstetric and Gynaecology departments within Traditional Chinese medicine hospitals. What I am saying here is that acupuncture points are not particularly gender specific and within the UK clinic settings we focus on the whole person (male or female).
There are many things I am indebted to regarding having had the opportunity to study acupuncture, embracing women’s health care is now being added to that list. So I think I can proudly say on the biog that I most certainly have an interest in Women’s Health.
To support this day 14 will be about a manifesto or ode to women’s well-being, so stay tuned.