In college, Maegan Hodge started studying psychology in response to her desire to help people. But there was something telling her that taking the traditional route to become a counselor wasn’t what she was meant to do. She craved pursuing a more holistic path, wanting to do work that focused on “treating the whole person.” After devouring the book Healing With Whole Foods, which talks about nutrition from the perspective of Chinese Medicine, something clicked. Given she had experienced her own issues with allergies and food sensitivities, she started to apply some of the principles to her own life and began to see positive results. Soon after, she booked her first acupuncture appointment, and simultaneously noticed more benefits to her health. The “pieces of the puzzle” started to come together, and she realized it was what she wanted to do. She moved to Portland, Oregon and received her Masters in Oriental Medicine. She has been treating and working with clients for over 10 years and has founded her practice Centered Richmond Acupuncture and Wellness.
In this episode, we discuss:
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. What it is and how it works, as well as the issues and ailments she treats from the physical end of the spectrum (pain, digestive distress) to more of the mental and emotional (stress, anxiety, sleep).
The myths and fears about acupuncture, and why it could be an effective tool in your holistic health toolbox
Diet and Nutrition. The major tenets of Chinese Medicine that she read about all of those years ago, and how her personal nutritional philosophy has evolved since then.
How COVID not only impacted her business, but changed the types of issues for which her clients were coming to see her.