CommuniChi Blog

Telehealth Consultations and Community Meditation with Jordan Van Voast, L.Ac.

Posted by on Mar 30, 2020 in Blog: 2013, Community Acupuncture, Mind Body Medicine, seattle | 0 comments

Dear Friends, I hope this finds you healthy in body, mind, and spirit. Although the acupuncture clinic is closed due to COVID-19, I am still here to support you and this community and am excited to offer new opportunities for optimizing your health during this challenging time. While I am unable to offer acupuncture at this time, East Asian medicine encompasses a much vaster universe of modalities than poking people with needles. I am now open for telehealth visits, offering health and lifestyle suggestions using the principles of Chinese...

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Healing Ourselves, Our World, during COVID-19

Posted by on Mar 27, 2020 in Blog 2020, Community Acupuncture, Environmental Healing, Mind Body Medicine, Peace, seattle | 2 comments

Dear CommuniChi patrons and friends, We are living through an unprecedented time of uncertainty. Although CommuniChi has closed its doors until the COVID-19 public health emergency is over, I send prayers for your well being and offer these reflections for your physical/emotional health, and spiritual nourishment. And I invite your questions and concerns if I may be of any assistance via email or phone. First the basics in brief, and apologies if this is repetitious for most, but we can’t emphasize it enough. The coronavirus is highly...

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Healthy Perspectives in Difficult Times

Posted by on Mar 18, 2020 in Blog: 2013 | 0 comments

Welcome to the last day of winter. The dandelions and crocuses and the Seattle sunshine are out! For most of us, our lives have been upended like never before in the past week. Fear and anxiety are rampant in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Yes, we need to fastidiously wash our hands, maintain physical (not social!) distancing measures, and stay tuned to reliable medical information.  However, be vigilant and guard your mind against panic. Fear is a toxic emotion and needs to be recognized or it infects your mind and others in your...

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Enhanced Public Health Protocols at CommuniChi

Posted by on Mar 13, 2020 in Blog 2020, Latest News, Mind Body Medicine, seattle | 0 comments

3.15.20 – UPDATE – COMMUNICHI CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – will reassess in 2 weeks. Stay safe everyone. Minimize non-essential contact. Dear Friends and Patrons of CommuniChi, In this time of unprecedented public health challenge due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, acupuncture can be of great benefit in boosting the immune system and thereby protecting oneself from disease, reducing anxiety and fear, and enhancing an overall sense of well being. These are important benefits for oneself, one’s family and...

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Coronavirus Update 2.25.20

Posted by on Feb 26, 2020 in Blog 2020, Mind Body Medicine | Comments Off on Coronavirus Update 2.25.20

The best disease prevention strategy is always education, practicing basic hygiene, and creating good karma! Regarding education, please see the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s website for basic information on the coronavirus. Educate Yourself. – As of February 25, 2020, the risk in the U.S. for contracting the virus is considered low according to the CDC. However, there has been criticism of the current administration’s funding cuts to medical response readiness. Visit this CDC page to check the current situation. Good...

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The Art of Henry Van Voast

Posted by on Jan 31, 2020 in Blog 2020, Henry | 1 comment

        Respect, love, and appreciation for my older brother Henry who has been a visual artist for most of his life. His paintings – mainly oil on canvas – can be found in Seattle area hospitals and non-profit agencies. These pieces here are his more recent works and are all available for purchase. Click on any thumbnail to see full size image. Inquire for exact size – most are relatively large – approximately 60″ X 90″, or in that range. Just leave a comment, or send me an email:...

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Mexico City Medical Outreach with Tzu Chi International Medical Association

Posted by on Nov 28, 2019 in Blog 2019, Community Acupuncture, Environmental Healing, Peace | 1 comment

My first mission with Tzu Chi was to Haiti in February 2010 after the great earthquake that took the lives of an estimated 300,000 or more people. I witnessed such incredible suffering, not merely due to the aftereffects of the earthquake, the many lives taken, the families tragically affected, but also due to the severe and long term poverty of the entire country affecting the region for centuries. Although my heart was filled with the joys of building global connections and offering service, I had many questions. After returning to my...

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Systems Change

Posted by on Nov 14, 2019 in Blog 2019, Environmental Healing, Peace | 1 comment

I leave for one week in Mexico City next week.  After having been licensed as an acupuncturist for 22 years,  the opportunity to serve so many and help them heal in body, mind and spirit, is an incredible honor and a sacred trust that is never easy to step away from. (Please see my previous blog post to read about My Nhung Kolb, LAC, who will be offering acupuncture at CommuniChi in my absence). Since 2005, I’ve been involved in global health volunteer work, responding to natural disasters and finding ways to build bridges that span the...

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Introducing My Nhung Kolb, MS, EAMP, LAC

Posted by on Nov 14, 2019 in Blog 2019, Blog: 2013 | Comments Off on Introducing My Nhung Kolb, MS, EAMP, LAC

Jordan will be in Mexico City offering acupuncture at free clinics from November 18 to 25. More on that in my next post. In his absence, My Nhung Kolb, MS, EAMP, LAC, will be offering acupuncture at CommuniChi on Friday, November 22 from 2pm to 7pm (please book your appointment online). My Nhung is the only American born child of her immigrant parents from Viet Nam.  She grew up with her two older brothers in Suquamish and moved to Seattle when she was eighteen to study at the University of Washington. In 2005, My Nhung traveled with her...

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No Peace without Justice; No Meaning without Service.

Posted by on Oct 23, 2019 in Blog 2019 | 1 comment

Someone asked me today how acupuncture works. My first answer is always, “I don’t know”. My second answer is this: Think of an ecosystem in balance. Clean water flows from the mountains to the sea. Forests absorb carbon dioxide and breathe oxygen. The rain, wind, cold, warmth, sun, moon, and seasons all come and go in the right amounts, in their proper season. The soil is rich and alive.   Abundant and diverse life flourishes and peace and justice resides in the heart of all that live here. The human body-mind continuum...

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