I’ve stated this many times and will continue to uphold the theory that at its inception, acupuncture and Chinese medicine was not meant to fix, change, or improve,let alone cure anything.
It was a divine creation designed to raise awareness and consciousness, while expanding the holistic model of neural integrity and systemic health to each individual.


Let us take a second to think about what the word “Holistic” means.


Holistic deriving from the word whole. The design connection between the body, the mind, (which is a construct of the brain),and that elusive construct of the brain/mind, which is Spirit.
Much has been said of the spirit, that which transcends actual physiological function, may reside in the prefrontal cortex of the brain. You may think of this in conjunction with the aspect of the ability to love, experience joy, music, appreciation, ecstatic creativity, and to care deeply of others rather than ones own survival.


If let’s say there was a lesion, a small tumor, or one was to receive a frontal lobotomy right through the middle of the forehead, the brain would be severely damaged. This unfortunate event would render a person without even enough social grace to say “how are you doing?”


I was originally starting to write this piece on the aspect of improving conscious contact with, (and here comes the controversial word)GOD.
And for the record, and not that there’s anything wrong or objectionable with this, I’m not talking about a religious God. Or a God personal to me. But more about the experience and movement of universal consciousness.


It has happened, it will happen, it is happening now!


You see Acupuncture, and all different forms of Alternative intervention support the Holistic model, rather than a reductionist model, And allopathic western medical approach designed to treat or eradicate rogue cell behavior.(Not that that cannot be integrated masterfully into a holistic approach.In fact, many times it is downright necessary and vital.)

I believe there is a perfect harmonious inner connection with all living and nonliving things that were indeed created from some Infinite Experience.

But more about that postulate and another talk!


I was just thinking I consider myself pretty artistic and wizard-like expressive individual. And in regards to society, I’m pretty darn compliant, with a soupçon of conservative.
(I enjoy playing well with others.)


Now, if I wish this body/mind/spirit continuum to grow and flourish and build its own integrity,I must allow and encourage adaptation and constructive challenge. Let’s look at it this way. I challenge my body with exercises that can range from mildly inconvenient to downright painful.

I do this with awareness and intelligence,albeit some of it may be motivated by vanity.
But overall it’s to build endurance, strength, circulation, and enhance my system functions.


Although I do not profess to be an expert in regards to the aspect of immunology, hormonal, or glandular function, I do know some thing as simple as pituitary, thyroid, and parathyroid function in and of itself is are responsible for direct immune function, and cell production respectively.


However… cardiovascular, hepatic, splenic, gut health, in fact, every system in the body contributes to an overall ironclad immune function.
And I do believe that healthy exposure, prudent and conscious, to our environment allows for this very growth, strengthening, and adaptation of ALL of all my systems but namely one of the most important, my immune system.


With a powerful intact immune system, I can live in the opulence of a castle, or underneath a garbage strewn overpass on 95.

So during this time in particular, I ask myself why would I “continually“ and engage in anything that prohibits the expression of this natural event and beautiful state of living presently?
When the shit really hits the fan do I want to be sterile, cowering in a gown, or have some kind of physical reference to engage and prosper? Both physiologically and in attitude.


Are any of you kind people who are reading this familiar with the concept of the Lazy Susan? This was a device popular when I was a little boy in the 70s. It is a circular spinning disk that sits atop a table that resides in your mom’s kitchen that was painted burnt orange and avocado.


The Lazy Susan is fixed in the center of the table which covers anywhere from 1/3rd to even a half.


This allows for ease and comfort of choosing a particular condiment, so you don’t have to reach across the table and bother your aunt from Cleveland.
Originally I believe this was designed in China to distribute multiple dishes to an individual not only for ease in reach, but to mix and match taste and combinations like chives and duck, to salt and pepper bake squid. But most importantly I believe this was done to enhance the communal share experience. If I look at Asian food, it is chopped and prepared in such a way to be consumed with chopsticks. This is not only done to choose from multiple selections, but to “gently“ build a herd tape immunity.


This is something in the way in which homeopathy works,  but again, but that’s another discussion.

You get the idea here,right?


I’m not saying eat semi digested food stuffs from your neighbors mouth like a mother Crow feeds her chick Or to eat off the floor from a public restaurant in Calcutta, the poor section, after a soccer game on New Year’s Day, but a constant prudent healthy choice of balance with much less fear.


I believe this allows for more engagement and awareness into society, I believe that all healthy decision making is an innate personal birthright, which is CRITICAL to the human experience.


Engage, engage, I say, but not with eyes wide shut.

Dr Phil
Author: Dr Phil

Dr Philip Trigiani, or Dr Phil as we know him, is the master orthopedic acupuncturist behind Physical Medicine Acupuncture™, the pain management and soft tissue expert who serves busy New Yorkers whether resident, visitor or professional from his warm & inviting practices in the Upper West Side, aided by his caring and expert team. His alternative and complementary system of body-mind integration offers relief, self-discovery , self-correction, and self-healing that works every time. Dr Phil is constantly innovating in serving the health & wellness needs of the community, his team of expert massage therapists, acupuncturists and chiropractors now being augmented with his new trusted partner network which extends his health and wellness therapies into yoga, fitness training, nutrition counseling and more.