A Day with a Healer*
by S. Colet Lahoz. MS. RN, LAc
There is a depth and breadth to healing
that amazes me even after 13 years in private practice. I left my position
as director of nursing education at a large children's hospital in 1984
to start a practice in holistic medicine. I use acupuncture herbal medicine
and other natural modalities. The clinic has grown. Early on, I worked
alone seeing about 30 clients a week. Now between my associates Val Hanna,
RN, LAc, Matthew Heinz, Lynda Ahlgren and me, we see about 150 people
I'd like to invite the reader to view a
snapshot of a typical day.
I start my day with a short meditation and
a prayer - Dear God, make me your healing instrument, let me be
filled with compassion and love for others who are suffering. Let your
healing and regenerating powers flow through my body so those I touch
may feel your presence. I give you my full faith and gratitude for your
The main clinic is set on the west shore
of Bald Eagle Lake. On this beautiful morning, we can hear the gentle
lapping of the waves against the shore. The flowers, birds and squirrels
add to the serenity.
My first patient is an 18-year-old female.
Gina, who is pregnant for the first time and is two weeks overdue. Her
mother, a client, called me to say that her daughter was scheduled to
start a Pitocin drip the next day. If that did not work, a Caesarean section
would be done. I used acupuncture points Spleen 6 and L14 and gave them
strong stimulation, then balanced her chi (energy) according to her pulse
reading. I left her with the needles for a half hour while she listened
to a meditation tape. (I use meditation or soothing music as a regular
component of a treatment session. With receptive clients, I may pray with
them and do Pranic healing, a form of laying on hands.) The outcome: Gina
gave birth the following day to an eight-pound baby boy. She had a normal,
Edmund E. is next. In his late 50s, he retired
early because of a car accident in 1987, resulting in a crushing injury
to his chest. He had multiple fractures involving the clavicle, sternum
and several ribs. He was indeed lucky to be alive but it left him with
chronic, severe pain for the last 13 years. He had tried several Zylocaine
injections and was taking Nortryptiline. He wasn't depressed, but had
a lot of pain. He was told to live with the pain, that nothing can be
done to help him. But one of our patients, a Catholic priest, suggested
Edmund try acupuncture.
With Edmund, I used a combination of acupuncture,
moxibustion and cupping. (Cupping is gentle suction applied with a heated
glass and provides an efficient way, to achieve myofascial tissue release.
Moxibustion is a procedure wherein a lighted herbal cone is used to provide
heat to the acupuncture needles.) Today is Ed's fourth visit and he is
a happy man. He says it is the first time in 13 years that he feels no
pain and can turn his head with more flexibility. I gave him magnetic
discs two-by-three inches in size, applied directly to fibrositic tissues
to use at home. I had not anticipated this early turnaround; usually it
takes at least 10 treatments before achieving significant relief. He will
continue to come twice a week until he is satisfied. The outcome: Ed was
satisfied with his treatments after10 sessions.
Faith B., a 9-month-old infant is next -
her first visit. Her mother brought her here because of recurrent otitis
media. She was already scheduled for P.E. tube insertion but her parents
wanted to see if I could do anything to help and perhaps even prevent
the need for surgery. An otoscopic exam of the ear showed some redness,
no pus, but a lot of ear wax. I did ear coning on both ears to clean out
the wax and accumulated fluid. Ear cones are paraffin funnels; the children's
size measure about six inches long by about half an inch in diameter.
The narrow end fits snugly in the opening of the outer ear and the wider
end is lit. As the oxygen is consumed in the hollow funnel, a gentle suction
and drift occurs drawing the fluid and the wax from the ear canal. Then
I used acupressure points to help the middle ear heal. I gave them suggestions
on an antioxidant to strengthen her immune system. I explained that she
caught colds frequently because her immune system was weak and that nutrients
and acupressure treatments could support her immune system. The outcome:
Faith responded well to the regimen and did not need the surgery. She
still takes Co Enzyme Q 10 regularly and this keeps her from getting colds.
*This article was the cover story for Creative Nursing,
No.3, 1997 .