As a practitioner, I am seeking something more important than compliance when I work with a patient. I am seeking partnership. You live in your body, you inhabit your life. I don’t. I have knowledge and training in Chinese medicine. I have tools to offer you to improve your health and well-being. That said, not every tool or every recommendation fits well in every situation. So instead of just doing what you’re told, I want us to work together to determine what can most support your well-being. If cooking herbs is something that you just cannot fit into your life, regardless of how potent and wonderful use of raw herbs can be, then it is not the right option for you. Not only will you not be “compliant” but you and I will be ignoring what you know about yourself and your life – and that never works.
The thing about compliance is, it takes the thinking out of self-care. Just do what you’re told. What I want for you is just the opposite. I want you thinking and noticing what works for you, what makes you feel better, what makes your symptoms worse. I want you to be in charge of your health. I will ask you to do experiments – see what happens if you change this in your diet, or sleep, or exercise – then tell me what you learned. I will recommend courses of treatment that may include acupuncture and/or herbs. What you report about your experience with those treatment options is vital to help me provide you with the most appropriate treatment for you.
I can offer you acupuncture and Chinese herbs – and they can help you find greater health and vitality. They can help improve your sleep and reduce your symptoms. But at the end of the day, you are the best expert on you. You have the biggest influence on your health and well-being. Compliance is one way to go, but partnership lets us leverage your expertise and my knowledge to find the treatment options that best support you.