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Dec 18, 2020 8:15:00 AM

Time for Reflection

The last half of the trimester has flown by! Week 15 of the trimester will always be a busy time for students, it’s the last ...

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Dec 4, 2020 8:15:00 AM

Korean Traditional Medicine

I stopped celebrating “Thanksgiving” many years ago, due to its genocidal history, so instead my family and I use it as a day ...

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Nov 20, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Herbal Medicine

Let me tell you, studying Chinese herbal medicine is not for the faint of heart! I am currently taking the last Materia Medica ...

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Nov 6, 2020 8:15:00 AM

An Oldie, but a Goodie

If you have ever been to an acupuncture clinic, then you might recall the smoky scent of moxa. Moxa, also known as Ai Ye, ...

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Oct 23, 2020 8:15:00 AM

Only a Google Away

I made it through another week and a half of exams, and I treated myself with the newest KitKat flavor (Apple Pie…not their ...

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Oct 9, 2020 8:00:00 AM

The Elements

There are parts of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that are technical, but there are also parts that are poetic and ...

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Sep 25, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Finding My Rhythm

This year, as strange as it has been, has really flown by, I’ve completed another trimester! Over the trimester break I was ...

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Aug 21, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Just Go For It!

Being a student isn’t just about how you perform, it’s also about how you recover. Exam weeks are very trying times as a ...

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Aug 7, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Pushing Through

This week has been busy for me! I’ve started preparing for the upcoming cumulative exams, and all weekend I’ve been attending ...

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Jul 24, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Taking Breaks

Due to the pandemic and appropriate restrictions to minimize interactions and unnecessary exposure, the lecture courses are to ...

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Jul 10, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Find Your Balance

It’s the ninth week of the summer term, and the second round of exams is next week. I can’t believe this trimester is almost ...

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Jun 26, 2020 8:00:00 AM

When things don't go as planned...PIVOT!

By far the most interesting things I have learned so far is pulse diagnosis. Did you know that there are more than 25 standard ...

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Jun 12, 2020 8:15:00 AM


It’s been a challenging few weeks, to say the least. The media coverage on Covid-19 is non-stop, and the ultimate sins of ...

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May 29, 2020 8:15:00 AM

Acknowledge the Stress

During these new global circumstances, being a student has become more complicated, no more study groups in the library and no ...

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Apr 24, 2020 8:00:00 AM


Namaste means that whatever is precious and beautiful in me, honors whatever is precious and beautiful in you. I never liked ...

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Apr 10, 2020 8:15:00 AM

I Am a Strong Woman, Because a Strong Woman Raised Me

March 20, 2020 was the date quarantine started. I remember not many people were aware of how serious this situation was; and I ...

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Mar 27, 2020 8:15:00 AM

And the Universe Spoke

“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” - Mark Twain At this moment in time, everyone in the ...

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Mar 13, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Balance is Not Always the Center

Did you know that no two snowflakes alike? Snowflakes are made up of so many molecules it's unlikely any two are even exactly ...

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Feb 28, 2020 8:15:00 AM

Cold and Flu Season Affects Health Care Practitioners, Too!

Are you taking precautions? This season many people are getting sick. A few weeks ago, I felt like I was hit by a truck. Joint ...

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Feb 14, 2020 8:15:00 AM

Let's Take a Ride and Commit

Life is like a roller coaster of ups and downs. First, it goes up climb-by-climb, step-by-step and just at the peak of the ...

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Jan 31, 2020 8:15:00 AM

New Year's Resolution

As I walk on campus making footprints in the snow, I look around and notice that it will be the last of my winters at National ...

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Dec 13, 2019 8:15:00 AM

The Journey

Time marches on. In a week it will be the end of another trimester. In a few weeks, the end to another month, and shortly ...

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Nov 15, 2019 8:15:00 AM


សូមអរគុណ (Saum Arkoun) – Khmer Merci – French ขอขอบคุณ (Khob Khun) – Thai Cảm ơn bạn - Vietnamese, or the easy way we ...

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Nov 1, 2019 8:15:00 AM

What Will You Be When You Grow Up?

I will bet at least a few times in life you have been asked what you wanted to be when you grow up. I know that I have! The ...

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Oct 18, 2019 8:15:00 AM

Be in the "Now"–It’s a great place to be!

While taking a break from my acupuncture studies recently, it occurred to me that cleaning just seems to be the main event for ...

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Oct 4, 2019 9:05:00 AM

Week 5

It’s already Week 5 of the fall trimester, and it's the preliminary challenge to see if everyone is going to be staying in the ...

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Sep 20, 2019 8:05:00 AM

The Countdown Begins

It is my sixth trimester and it’s just the beginning of the new trimester for the of fall 2019...then one more ...

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Aug 16, 2019 8:05:00 AM

If I Could Turn Back Time, Would I?

Here it went: Week 15. This has been finals week for many and for me, coming to the end of my fifth trimester for the Master ...

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Aug 2, 2019 7:05:00 AM

Doula, Daughter, Student

This past week I had the greatest experience attending my first birth as a doula! A doula is “a woman who provides guidance ...

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Jul 19, 2019 8:10:00 AM

Truly Grateful and Just Keep Swimming!

There are so many things happening in life, and we need to understand that they’re not all under our control. I am one of ...

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Jul 5, 2019 8:00:00 AM

In the Middle of a Hurricane

I am nearing the halfway point! In about a year, I will be done with the MSOM program at NUHS. Honest truth: it wasn’t easy to ...

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Jun 21, 2019 8:15:00 AM

The Pursuit of Happiness

If someone came up to you and asked, “Are you happy?” Would you be able to answer that without pausing? There are no right or ...

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Jun 7, 2019 8:00:00 AM

One-third of the Way There and Counting

Week five is when many students are starting to take their first exams of the trimester, an early assessment to see how we are ...

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May 24, 2019 10:02:36 AM

What is your journey?

Here I am halfway through the program and it is the summer of 2019. This trimester I am taking eight classes and four clinic ...

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Apr 19, 2019 8:10:00 AM

The Last Stretch

Here we go, the last stretch for spring 2019...FINALS! The past couple of weeks and weekends have been filled with cramming 15 ...

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Apr 5, 2019 8:05:00 AM

Who is Your Superhero?

Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? To be able to use your eyes to fix things, fly around or cool equipment to battle? ...

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Mar 22, 2019 8:00:00 AM

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend in Chicago

Another blur in my life at NUHS, but a good reminder that I am in medical school. The past couple of weeks were busy preparing ...

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Mar 8, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Of Milestones & Motherly Support: My Training As a Doula

“Mother: (n.) - A female parent; the center of creation, inspiration, and love; one who rears, nurtures and protects children; ...

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Feb 22, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Mapping the Weather & Weekend Road Trip

The wheels of the car went round and round as we headed South, with the temperatures increasing by increments of about 20 ...

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Feb 8, 2019 8:10:00 AM

Brrr...Baby, it's COLD outside!

“The best part of waking up is…” not having Folgers in your cup, but hearing "'there is no school due to below zero ...

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Jan 25, 2019 8:00:00 AM


Here I am entering the beginning of my fourth trimester in the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program, and it’s good to be ...

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Dec 14, 2018 8:09:00 AM

Continuing the Journey

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”  ̶  Confucius.  As the trimester comes rolling to an end, and ...

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Nov 30, 2018 8:10:00 AM

In Thanks of Support

As I sit here at Barnes and Nobles studying, I am taking a bit of time to reflect on my life and the events of these past few ...

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Nov 16, 2018 8:05:00 AM

Meet Me in the Media!

How would you feel if technology just went...BLOOP...gone!? Do you agree, in some aspect, that people spend so much time on ...

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Nov 2, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Reflecting the Truth

When anyone meets my mom, they tell me she is cute and sweet--which she does not understand. Eventually space and time will ...

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Oct 19, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The Blur That Finally Stopped

Yes, it can be such a whirlwind that you forget which day it is. Especially on days when you have “off”.  You wonder why the ...

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Oct 5, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Just smile

Have you ever wondered why a person smiles? For me it comes from the heart, and I believe a smile can help not only you, but ...

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Sep 21, 2018 8:15:00 AM

Hats off and Breathe!

Well it has been a good busy time spiral for the first few weeks of this third trimester. With 21 credits as a full-time track ...

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Sep 7, 2018 5:00:00 PM

Promise made, promise kept

Hello, awesome you! My name is Rina, and thank you for joining me on this journey as I pursue my degree for the Master of ...

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Aug 10, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Veni, Vidi, Vici

Translated from Latin: I came, I saw, I conquered! In other words, this is it folks! Even if I still have four finals left, ...

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Jul 25, 2018 10:37:56 AM

22 Days Until Graduation

Last Friday I started getting all these emails regarding things that need to be done, like the graduation rehearsal, financial ...

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Jul 18, 2018 11:34:57 AM

One Weekend in Denver

As graduation approaches, I get more and more focused on business planning. I keep looking at numbers and I can't believe I've ...

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Jun 29, 2018 8:15:00 AM

Lost in Time and Space

Time has lost its notion for me and I keep asking myself what day of the week is it? My “To Do” list seems to get longer ...

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Jun 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Outreach Hours and Weekend Classes

We’re already in week six, and among so many other things, I’m working on finishing my outreach hours. My plan was to be done ...

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Jun 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Heat Wave

After two big storms, some very cold weather (again!), summer came upon us and no one was ready for it. It’s humid, it’s hot, ...

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May 18, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Last Round in the Ring: AKA Last Trimester

Spring break is over and boy, it was wild and fast and more then I can ever explain! Months ago after my training in ...

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Apr 13, 2018 8:10:00 AM

Time Travelling

I woke up this morning, and when I looked out the window I felt like I went back in time. Snow is covering everything again, ...

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Apr 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Senior Exam

Before diving into finals I had to take the senior intern exam. The exam wasn’t extremely difficult, but it happened in the ...

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Mar 30, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Weight Loss Journey

I’ve gained about 20 pounds since I started studying in the MSOM program at NUHS. This does not make me happy at all, and I ...

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Mar 24, 2018 1:28:58 PM

One year since my trip to Japan

While I’m trying to juggle between studying for midterms and studying for senior clinic exam, Facebook reminded me this ...

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Mar 16, 2018 11:06:31 AM

Marathon Studying

The title might be deceiving, because I should be studying like crazy, but instead I am just finishing the third day of ...

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Mar 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM

2018 Center for Education and Development of Clinical Homeopathy (CEDH) Dinner

Student life doesn’t give you too much freedom to attend social or networking events, but I do my best to keep up with ...

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Mar 2, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Integration of Herbal Medicine

I just finished the first weekend of the two I have dedicated to studying for the herbs board review. Two days packed with ...

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Feb 23, 2018 1:48:56 PM

Chinese New Year 2018

Some of us are happy that we had a long weekend because of President’s Day, and some of us are even happier celebrating the ...

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Feb 16, 2018 1:33:02 PM

Winter Bliss

I think most people in the Chicago area hate snow and winter in general. Unfortunately for them, we just got one foot of snow ...

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Feb 12, 2018 9:33:11 AM

Two Weekends of Functional Medicine

First exams are here and I have no idea how all it’s going to go. All my classes are herbal and I’m still struggling with ...

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Feb 2, 2018 8:00:00 AM

What It's Like Being a Student Blogger

It’s been a while since I started writing for the school’s blog and I thought maybe I should tell you a bit more about my ...

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Jan 26, 2018 8:00:00 AM

A Night at the Movies

This past weekend, I took advantage of the calm before the storm (meaning no exams yet) and I ventured to downtown Chicago. ...

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Jan 19, 2018 8:08:00 AM

Waiting for the spring

It’s been two years, and a bit more than four months since I started the master program. On one hand it seems like it was ...

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Dec 8, 2017 8:34:00 AM

Plans for 2018

Finals started and that means this trimester is almost done. Before diving into studying, last weekend I flew for another ...

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Dec 1, 2017 8:33:00 AM

Registration Time

I really don’t know how we’re already in Week 13… I feel like I’m still in Week 1 trying to see what my schedule looks like ...

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Nov 22, 2017 11:37:45 AM


With all the traveling and emotional turmoil that I have recently experienced, my body was starting to show signs of fatigue. ...

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Nov 17, 2017 3:58:25 PM

14 Hours in Istanbul

As you know, last week I had to fly back to Romania and be with my mom who had major surgery. The time I spent with mom in ...

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Nov 10, 2017 8:31:00 AM

Another Challenge

Middle of last week I got a phone call letting me know mom was quite sick and prepped for surgery. Doctors weren't very ...

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Nov 3, 2017 8:37:00 AM

Life Happens

I never liked the expression, “Life Happens,” and always believed that we control our life if we plan accordingly.  When I ...

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Oct 27, 2017 10:03:29 AM

Book Addiction

I’ve always loved to read. As a child, I was the one skipping playdates because I was what we call in Romanian “a bookcase ...

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Oct 18, 2017 12:44:22 PM

To Use Herbs or Not to Use Herbs?

Not sure yet if I’ll stay and practice in Illinois, but it is good to know that legislation changed recently and now our scope ...

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Oct 13, 2017 3:00:00 PM


Two weeks ago just before the first wave of exams, I was feeling a bit tired and realized it might be difficult for me to ...

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Oct 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Studying for Boards

The time has come to start thinking about boards. I am not really feeling anxious or stressed. In fact, the closer I get to ...

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Sep 29, 2017 11:50:00 AM

Weekend Class and Birthday Celebration

Not sure how we are already in Week 4 of this trimester, but I’m getting ready to take my first formulas exam! Besides trying ...

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Aug 11, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Functional Endocrinology

Last weekend I attended another Apex seminar this time focused on Endocrinology. We had two full days packed with a lot of ...

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Aug 4, 2017 5:01:00 PM

Two-Year Milestone

Not sure how time flies away so fast! I've been in school for almost two years and it seems like yesterday that I was sitting ...

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Jul 28, 2017 5:01:00 PM

Registration Time

Three more weeks and I'll be flying to Romania, seeing my mom and dad, playing with my dog, and just taking the time to ...

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Jul 21, 2017 4:39:00 PM

Empathy or Compassion

The other day we were discussing in our Doctor and Patient Relationship class how to deal with all kinds of patients. How do ...

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Jul 12, 2017 5:01:00 PM

My Favorite Breakfast For Lazy Mornings: Shakshuka

Title sounds a bit like an oxymoron since I never seem to have time for lazy mornings anymore, but that doesn't mean that I ...

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Jul 7, 2017 4:58:00 PM

My Balcony Garden

These days there are not a lot of things aside school and work that I manage to do, but one of the things that still brings me ...

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Jun 30, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Acupuncture and Pregnancy

Last weekend I attended a 2-day training in Acupuncture and Acupressure for Labor and Delivery. The seminar was packed with ...

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Jun 22, 2017 5:01:00 PM

Floral Acupuncture

Couple of weeks ago while browsing Amazon for acupuncture books (the time has come to study for boards!), I stumbled onto a ...

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Jun 19, 2017 5:01:00 PM

NUHS Homecoming 2017

It's summer, it's midterms time, and it's Homecoming! Last year I was too busy and too early in the program to think about ...

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Jun 9, 2017 5:03:00 PM

Starting to See the Light

Here I am in Week 5 of this tri, with time flying by, quizzes and projects piling up on my desk, and I'm not feeling stressed, ...

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Jun 2, 2017 4:57:00 PM

Not Such a Long Weekend

I was looking forward to a long weekend with Memorial Day falling on a Monday this year but it didn't really happen for me. ...

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May 25, 2017 5:00:00 PM

TCM or Five Elements?

Three weeks ago, I flew to Baltimore and attended another acupuncture seminar. The training was focused on facial rejuvenation ...

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May 18, 2017 4:57:00 PM

Farmers Market Season

Summer trimesters always seem to be easier for me. The sun, the warm weather, the beach, and farmers markets are just some of ...

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Apr 13, 2017 5:01:00 PM

Another Ending

Another tri is ending and all of us are looking forward to taking a break from classes and just having some fun.  My break ...

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Apr 7, 2017 5:01:00 PM

What makes you a better practitioner?

Most of us are always looking for ways to improve ourselves, to become more confident, to have more knowledge, but what is ...

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Apr 3, 2017 5:01:00 PM

10 Days in Japan

I just came back from my Japan trip and while still a bit tired, I'm very happy and grateful that I had the opportunity to go ...

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Mar 24, 2017 4:58:00 PM


It took me more than 30 hours and six movies, but here I am safe and sound in Kyoto, Japan. I've never been to Asia and ...

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Mar 16, 2017 5:01:00 PM

Surviving a Long Flight

Week 10 is almost over and so are midterms. Some of us are packing for Japan and some of us are planning for a spring break ...

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Mar 10, 2017 5:01:00 PM


If you've been following my blog, you probably know by now that I really like to have as many tools as I can in my practice ...

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Mar 3, 2017 5:03:00 PM

Abdominal Diagnosis and Japanese Acupuncture

Last weekend I attended the seminar, "Five Phases and Root Treatment in Japanese Acupuncture" in downtown Chicago. I got to ...

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Feb 24, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Healthy Snacks

One of the biggest challenges when you're a full time student and also working full time is not to jump on one of the vending ...

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Feb 17, 2017 4:43:00 PM

Clinic Shifts

This trimester brought me a lot of joy when I started seeing patients in the clinic. I remember how confused I was 2-3 tris ...

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Feb 9, 2017 5:02:00 PM

Healthy and Sane During Exams

I'm already done with the first part of exams and I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Meanwhile, I had to take care of ...

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Feb 7, 2017 4:58:00 PM

Chinese New Year

Time seems to move faster and faster and we've just welcomed the Year of Fire Rooster! If you missed it in January, here's ...

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Jan 27, 2017 5:02:00 PM

Japanese Acupuncture

I recently took a trip to downtown Chicago and attended a seminar in "Point Palpation and Japanese Needle Technique." The ...

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Jan 20, 2017 4:58:00 PM

Back to Books and Knowledge

Another break is gone and we're even closer to the finish line. Winter break brought me some much-needed rest and I can't ...

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Dec 9, 2016 4:58:00 PM

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Finals

Week 14 is here and finals have started! On one side, library rooms are fully booked and students are studying till late in ...

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Dec 2, 2016 5:02:00 PM

Long Weekend Before Finals

Thanksgiving was the perfect excuse to take a break and relax before finals. Thanksgiving dinner I celebrated Thanksgiving ...

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Nov 23, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Business Planning and Writing

With my background in management and political science, I'm always trying to improve my business skills. I know that school ...

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Nov 18, 2016 5:03:00 PM

Natural Support for Fracture Healing

I recently endured my first broken bone in a way that I least expected it! I was wearing slippers when I went to take a ...

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Nov 18, 2016 4:55:00 PM


Intern Entrance Exam is done, stress rapidly decreased, and everybody is already thinking about Thanksgiving, a long weekend, ...

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Nov 10, 2016 4:58:00 PM

Intern Entrance Exam

Week 10 is here and this means Intern Entrance, Senior, or Exit exams. The last couple of days I took time off so I can study ...

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Nov 9, 2016 5:02:00 PM

Student Debt: Will I Ever Be Able to Repay My Loans?

Recently I've received a few emails from prospective students asking about finances and loans. Marc Yambao, the director of ...

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Nov 4, 2016 5:04:00 PM

Homeopathy and Oriental Medicine

This weekend I attended my first Center for Education and Development of Clinical Homeopathy (CEDH) seminar. The program has ...

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Oct 28, 2016 4:58:00 PM

Root Causes and Holistic Healing

About 10 years ago, my first acupuncturist told me: "You're perfectly healthy. You just have to spread your wings and fly." I ...

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Oct 21, 2016 5:02:00 PM

Blood Stasis and Cupping

One of my first childhood memories is watching my grandma cupping my grandpa to get rid of a cold. Everything seemed so ...

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Oct 14, 2016 4:57:00 PM

Allergies and Cold Season

Here we are, almost halfway through this tri and we're still having a gorgeous weather, pumpkins everywhere, and soon, ...

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Oct 7, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Working and Studying Full Time

Friends and other students ask me how I can manage to work 8 hours per day and be a full-time student. Some of my classmates ...

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Sep 26, 2016 5:02:00 PM

Time to Relax

Don't know about you, but I always make sure I take some time and relax before all that wave of quizzes and midterms. Since ...

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Sep 23, 2016 5:02:00 PM

Hello from Houston

This week, I took advantage of not having any classes on Friday and I flew to Houston to attend a seminar in M.E.D. (a ...

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Sep 16, 2016 4:54:00 PM

AOM Program 10-Year Anniversary

Hello Everyone! Fall Trimester has already started and first week has been filled with events and happenings! Bucharest ...

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Sep 1, 2016 5:04:00 PM

About Iuliana Lixandru, Oriental Medicine Student Blogger

Hello! I'm Iuliana and I'm a student at National University of Health Sciences in the Master of Science in Oriental ...

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