Hi, I’m Jessida Putkaew. I
have had a fear of needles! A fear which kept me from trying acupuncture for most of my life. When I met my acupuncturist, she understood my nervousness. In my first treatment, she let me know we could stop anytime. This statement was more powerful than I had expected. After taking my pulse and looking at my tongue, I felt her hands on my arm and a light tap. Then, she asks, “How do you feel?” Surprised, I say, “That’s it?” After a few more needles were in, I was confused but happy that I barely felt them. Next was the true test, the one I really doubted, “Can acupuncture really do anything?”
I am not a health-nut, junk-food-phobic, nor athletic-since-I-was-5 type of person. Health was always desirable, but no matter what I tried, I had lackluster results. Eventually I pushed health further and further to the side. When I received my first acupuncture treatment, I honestly didn’t think it could do much. It wasn’t until I felt changes in my own body that I started to believe. I watched for my health to "yo-yo" backwards, but instead I continued to make progress. My doubt washed away little by little and was replaced by curiosity. I had to learn more about the power of East Asian medicine, so I enrolled in the Master's of Science in Oriental Medicine program at Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley.
The study of Chinese and Japanese medicine in a Western integrated school has allowed me to learn multiple methods of diagnosis and treatment. I am happy to work alongside other styles of medicine, using shared knowledge to reach your health goal. Western medicine has great strengths in immediate repair. East Asian medicine is great for treating a wide range of imbalance, illness, or pain as well as for recovery. I aim to help those around me gain health without becoming trapped by your goal. I help you seek the ability to enjoy life without compromising a healthy tomorrow.