"After a serious accident in 1985, and life saving help from Western medicine, I developed a chronic problem that was a direct outcome of one of my surgeries. Three hospitals in Canada and the United States told me that this problem would inevitably progress to the need for further surgery. All three also bluntly informed me that there was nothing to do prevent this future surgery.
Not feeling comfortable with this prognosis, I began questioning friends and researching alternative methods. I came upon an inexpensive herb, comfrey, purchased an ounce of the raw root for $1.89, and within 2 weeks my "problem" had completely cleared. At this point I decided that I wanted to learn more about "natural" medicine, and to take some control over my own health.
I was attracted to Oriental medicine for many reasons. As a 2,000+ year-old system, it had benefited literally billions of people with very few negative side effects. My family and I had personally experienced excellent results with difficulties that had baffled Western medicine. And most importantly, I was impressed with the way in which Oriental medicine viewed the individual, and life itself.
In Oriental medicine, each individual is seen as a world in miniature, unique in their genetic, physical, mental, psychological, and spiritual aspects. Life is seen as a dynamic process, comprised of the interaction of forces within and outside of our bodies. Well being is defined as being in harmony with our selves and with the outside world.
The respect with which Oriental medicine approaches the individual, and the awe with which it views life, has inspired me to use it as my main modality to heal myself and aid my clients.
As an educator for 28 years, I use Oriental medicine to not only alleviate physical and mental disorders, but to offer my clients options, to empower them to take some control over their own well being and healing. As a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, I work with my clients to achieve their goals.
I consider it a privilege to practice this medicine, and am honored to be entrusted with my clients' health care needs."
Calvin Dale Smith, BA, MSc, R-TCMP, R-Ac
Registered Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioner
Riverside Acupuncture and Wellness Centre
2211 Riverside Dr., Suite 106
Ottawa, ON K1H 7X5