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Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2004 - 12:19:   

Hi Shmuel,

I would like to hear your advice as to what a beginner practitioner should do next in order to "grow"? I have a successful clinic , successful in the meaning of number of patients and steady clientel. Though in my own eyes, I am far from successful, I am only in the beginning of my journey of being a practitioner, there is so much to learn. The question is , , how do I continue to learn efficiently? I have tried to go to courses here , but most of them have been disappointing. So , basically I am learning from books, and personal experience. How do I improve my diagnosis?, treartment plan ? choice of pts? Formula ? I have patients where I feel I hit a wall with them, and cannot find a way around, or patients where I actually don't really know whats going on, and books don't have all the answers.

Am I just babbling along ? or can you understand my frustration of not finding a GOOD way of continual education. I would appreaciate any advice from you to the " eager young preactitioner ".


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Shmuel Halevi
Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2004 - 18:43:   

Hello Again Boaz. Your question is really a question of attitude towards life itself, not only from a professional angle. Taoism maintains that our life as well as our professional life, develops in stages. There are definite stages, or planes, that you must cross, no matter how bright or enthusiastic you are. Take me for granted that even the famous Sun Si Miao had had these doubts and uncertainty at the beginning of his course... Experience is gathered and fostered through years of doubts and frustration and uncertainty. Yet, because Ch. med. is so very unique and intelligent, I guess that the key factor for your development may be the simple question why? We don't use sophisticated labortary instruments, nor blood tests, nor other 21st century electronic gadgets. We use our 5 senses and brain. Always ask yourself the question why? Why this is happening, why the pulse is like that? Why the tongue is like that? Why is the pain here and not there? Work your brains to its utmost and learn from your experience.
The second very important thing, especially if you perform acupuncture rather than herbs, do not stop to increase your own energy level. Taoism gives you enough clues as to how to achieve that goal. Read the classics. Do regular Tai Chi, Qi Gong and meditation. Do not ruin your own health. If you do that and persevere you will achieve excellent results, because is an excellent art. Going to other practitioners and lecturers will make you a monkey, not a good doctor. Your development relies primarily on you. Don't be afraid to try new things nor to invent new methods. Above all do not stop demanding from yourself. You have no more teachers that may demand results from you. You are your own teacher now. This is my advice for you.

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