Emily Huffman

L. Ac., Dip. O.M.

(626)427-7653 (POKE) or slopokeacupuncture@gmail.com

You know how you gravitate towards a particular section every time you visit a bookstore? Mine was the Eastern philosophy section. I discovered a book that detailed the modern Taoist lifestyle in layman’s terms. It focused on balance as the key to health and it immediately became my personal reference for years. Taoism, for me, is a way to live in accordance with nature and Traditional Chinese Medicine is a tangible manifestation of that philosophy. As an undergrad at Syracuse I found myself reading books on this subject more so than on the required texts for my Film Production major.

Emily Huffman

After graduation, I moved west and worked for years in the entertainment industry, eventually landing in LA where I ironically decided to switch gears from film work and deepen my understanding of Eastern medicine by pursuing a Master’s degree of Oriental Medicine at SAMRA. In school, the clinic treated our local community with affordable rates. Our curriculum, however, was prepping us to mirror Western Medicine in a more private setting. During a trip to study in Beijing’s hospitals, I witnessed acupuncture being practiced in community settings with doctors working on a daily, not weekly, basis with their patients. Yet, upon my return home, I did not see this frequency of treatment in place mainly due to pricing. I began hearing about Community Acupuncture as a new and different business model that made possible the option to receive treatments more regularly. I was intrigued. Fortunately, I was able to hone my skills at some established community clinics in the city. During my time spent, a certain underlying theme began to emerge with every patient I treated. Stress was always my most loyal customer.

I recognized that mind and body work as a powerful force to cultivate wellness. Slo Poke, indicative of its name, was created to offer respite from the constant bustling of our busy minds and lives.

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