Acupuncture in Moline
Scott Stewart, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Scott is originally from Moline, IL., but moved to Chicago to pursue his Bachelor degree in 1998. He graduated from the University of IL. with a double major in Latin American Studies and Political Science. After graduating, he continued working as a construction contractor in the Chicago area, until 2005 when he decided to make a career change. He traded his hammer in for a needle, and began studying Traditional Chinese medicine, which was more in sync with his Tibetan Buddhist philosophy; and also gave him a chance to help people, which he enjoys very much.
In 2009, Scott obtained his Master’s of Acupuncture (summa cum laude) from National Health Sciences University in Lombard, IL., and soon after, he began treating patients full time.
At the beginning of 2010, Scott decided to travel to Asia to further his skills in Chinese Medicine and to gain a comparative knowledge in other traditional systems of medicine. He spent 1 1/2 years in Thailand researching Thai herbs, Thai Traditional Medicine, and learning Vipassana meditation. He also volunteered at Wat Thung Bo Paen Rehabilitation Center for patients with paralysis, where he offered free acupuncture treatments to patients who had suffered from stroke. He then traveled through Malaysia and Indonesia gaining insight into local traditional systems of medicine that are regaining popularity with the masses.
My approach to patient – care is rooted in Buddhist philosophy, which views the universe as pure energy. This viewpoint also states that everything contained within the universe, including ourselves, is a manifestation of that pure energy; and thus the entirety of the cosmos is inseparable. We are a part of the universe as much as it is a part of us.
By integrating the Buddhist perspective into my practice, it allows for a more holistic approach to patient care, which takes into consideration the complexity of disease, how it arises and manifests. In opposition, we have the Western standard, which tends to separate the disease from the patient as if it were an entity unto itself appearing from nowhere. This type of bedside manner often leaves the patient feeling ignored, and treated as a bystander, even though it is they who experience the suffering. In stark contrast to the Western approach, the holistic practitioner that the disease must be considered as part of the patient, because it manifests within the context of the patient’s body, they experience it with their mind, and it affects their spirit. It is also the case, that the illness can originate in the mind and later manifests in the tissues.
What I have described above is the interrelationship of the body, mind and spirit that defines wellness, and completeness. So it is only logical that the body, mind, and spirit should be an integral part of the strategy to restore wellness. The holistic approach also extends beyond this just the body, mind and spirit to also include the environments in which the patient interacts. This can include: the home, work, neighborhood, etc. I believe this method produces better patient outcomes, and patients tend to be happier, because they have a say and are involved in the healing process.
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