Acupuncture is a Path to Peace

Acupuncture is a Path to Peace

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible”

Dalai Lama

On a personal level and a global level, the events of the last 12 hours are incomprehensibly traumatic. My community, my city, my state, the country, the world now feels dystopian. We feel confused and in pain. My daughter is inconsolable. My neighbors knocked at midnight needing a hug. I needed that hug too. We all are crying together.

My job is to help alleviate suffering. Today, I will treat patients who are angry and frightened for their safety and their future. Yet, I too am frightened and confused. Showing up as a healing presence when you also feel as your patients do is not only possible, it is healing for all. I am grateful to be present for them.

I will listen and I will care and I will open my heart to create a space of peace and healing. Chinese medicine is a beautiful tool to help ease the blunt impact that shock creates.  

This is not the first time that I have seen patients with collective grief. 9/11 is but one. Caring for patients while living through the first year widowhood was perhaps the most challenging. I learned that even in the face of deep grief, my heart could open up. My compassion for suffering was attenuated. My ability to help patients was heightened.

What I know for sure is that being in pain, and feeling pain doesn’t prevent you from alleviating pain.

I will be in my office doing what I do best. Helping to alleviate pain and suffering. I am here for you.

With love,

Cara

Post Script: To further support this mission, we have created a collection of formulas to Calm the Spirit at China Herb Company. 

About Cara Frank, L.OM.

Cara Frank, L.OM. was raised in a health food store in Brooklyn NY. When she was 8 she cartwheeled 5 miles from Greenwich Village through Soho and Chinatown and across the Brooklyn Bridge. For over 33 years she has had the same crazy passion for Chinese medicine. At 17 she had her first acupuncture treatment. At 20 she enrolled in acupuncture school. In 1998 she went to China to study where she fell deeply in love with Chinese herbs. Since then, she has devoted her life to studying and teaching the topic.

Cara is the founder of Six Fishes Healing Arts and Six Fishes Neighborhood Acupuncture, both in Philadelphia where she maintains a busy acupuncture practice and acts as the head fish of two warm and lively offices. She is also the president of China Herb Company. You can read her full bio or schedule an appointment.

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