Chris Haskell ran an acupuncture clinic in Atlanta for five years before joining Rocky Coast Family Acupuncture in 2008. We recently sat down to talk about how she fell in love with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicince.
Why were you drawn to acupuncture?
I was drawn to acupuncture because it recognizes the powerful connection between the mind and the body. I wanted to work within a medical paradigm where physical and mental health issues could be addressed simultaneously.
What do you love about acupuncture?
I am always impressed when acupuncture can work so quickly on a severe pain issue. It is such a simple treatment and yet the results can be profound.
In what ways is acupuncture different than mainstream medicine?
Acupuncture is about healing. In many cases Western medicine is about managing symptoms. Of course this is not always the case but it is very rewarding and hopeful to watch people truly heal.
Do you have a specific focus areas in acupuncture?
Acupuncture can treat many health issues. Over the years I have developed a specialty in fertility. However, I also treat pain, mental health issues, digestive issues, insomnia and women’s health issues.
What is the most extraordinary thing about acupuncture?
I am always amazed by the fact that Chinese medicine was developed pre microscope and/or autopsy. It is impressive that there could be so much knowledge about the body without modern science. This is why it can be so effective where other modalities fail. It is a completely different map of the body.
What is the most frequent question you get about acupuncture?
The most frequent question we get in our acupuncture clinic? Does it hurt? Everyone worries about the potential pain and then they laugh when they feel how painless it is.
Chris Haskell is Board Certified by NCCAOM and a licensed practitioner in the states of Maine and Georgia. She earned her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture from The Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Seattle. She ran an acupuncture clinic in Atlanta before moving to Maine in 2008.She specializes in fertility, women’s health, digestive issues, anxiety/depression, and pain management. She believes strongly in making acupuncture as accessible as possible through volunteer work and organizations like Acupuncture Without Borders.
Read a recent article by our own Chris Haskell about fertility on the Apocetherapy By Design Blog.