My Introduction to Chinese Medicine

Posted May 31st, 2011 by Diana V. Perez

My introduction to Chinese Medicine started at Vermont Law School in South Royalton. I had a migraine while I was merely thinking about studying for the bar. It was late March of 2009 and the Vermont Bar was set for July 2009.  I was listening to Patrick Timpone’s radio show guest, Rich Stacel, a Chinese martial artist, Qigong practitioner and more.  He was teaching listeners how to decrease headache pain.  I raised my hands above my head and performed the breathing techniques. 1 It worked instantly. I felt an overwhelming feeling to find out how I could learn Chinese Medicine in the local Vermont area. In April I attended the open house of a school. I was the only law student in the room and people shared their most unwanted opinions about how unusual and funny it was that I should have interest in studying Chinese Medicine.  Honestly, it tugged at an insecurity of mine and their comments brought it more into experience for me. Nonetheless, I decided at open house I was going to find a way to take the class.

In May 2009, a week after my graduation I awoke and my stomach was sticking out in the strangest way. I knew that I was too wicked to have been chosen for the Immaculate Conception.  I headed to the OBGYN immediately for most upsetting news: I was five months pregnant with fibroid tumors!!  Due to the large mass of my stomach, the tumors were initially measured as if I were pregnant. This was all especially inconvenient because I had to study for the Bar. The top surgeon at Dartmouth Hospital also known as the Guru of Fibroids, told me that the operation would take several hours.  She prepared me for losing my uterus and ovaries. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, as synchronicity would have it, I received a call by the acupuncturist in late May regarding attending the Chinese Medicine class in September. I had not heard from him since open house in April, but I was thinking to call for treatments to deal with the fibroid pain.  Unfortunately, I was too entrenched in suffering for the bar. Carl Jung coined the term synchronicity. It is the simultaneous occurrence of two meaningfully but not causally connected events. 2 I told the acupuncturist about my health and from then on I had a Chinese Medicine treatment once a week for three months. The surgery occurred on August 27, 2009, it lasted two hours.  The Guru of Fibroids removed over 22 tumors from my uterus. There was neither scarring nor removal of my uterus or ovaries. Chinese Medicine had my attention.

  1. Stacel, Rich. “Martial Artist Health and Qi Gong Practitioner.” Sports Medicine. Patrick Timpone, 03/19/2009. Web. 30 May 2011.<>.
  2. Jung, First. Synchronicity. 2010. 8. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1960. 25. Print.

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