The practice of medicine is both an art and a science. We study and learn the system so that when the time comes to apply it there is a greater possibility of successfully helping others. Yet no matter how much one studies, no matter how well one knows the science of any given medical system, there always remain aspects that are unknown and unknowable. The individuated human being that stands before us as a patient is a unique, dynamic, and multidimensional entity that is equal parts mystery and revelation. They are an impermanent, ever-changing field of paradox and complexity, influenced by their history and experience yet always capable of experiencing freedom from the tyranny of the past.
Recently published in Acupuncture Today: The Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine News Source. (2015). Volume 16 (8).