ABOUT LAURA HANKS, L.Ac
My mission is to reach as many people as I can through knowledge and needles to create a ripple of change in Western healthcare.
What I love about treating patients with Chinese medicine is how over time, they become more attuned to their bodies, more aware of their minds and thoughts, what they are putting into their bodies, how they are managing their own stress. This development of sensitivity happens partly because of the conversations we have in the treatment room and partly because of the treatment themselves. Often a patient will come in with a seemingly unrelated set of symptoms and I’m able, using the diagnostic principles of Chinese medicine, to make connections to these symptoms and get to the root of the problem.
My journey into the world of Chinese Medicine began in the late 90s with an introduction to the Tao Te Ching. After reading this, I felt as though many of my deeper questions of life made sense. From there I began to study the energy practices of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Seeing how effective these practices were in managing my stress, focus, and energy, I decided to try acupuncture. From my first treatment, I was amazed by how much more in tune with my body I felt, how much more connected I felt to nature and the people around me.
While I had tried the acupuncture mostly from curiosity, I found that my acupuncturist was able to resolve long-standing hormonal issues within 2 treatments—issues I didn’t even know were a problem because they are considered common ailments in the Western paradigm of health. From this experience alone, I thought, “how many millions of people out there are suffering with ailments and don’t even know it? They are taking a pill to sleep or to alleviate pain, for example, when really there is a deeper problem happening that could be easily remedied with Chinese medicine”.
With regular treatment with Chinese medicine, patients can expect to sleep better, have more energy, experience little to no pain, feel more adjusted to stressful situations, have more radiance in their eyes and skin, get along better with loved ones—to name a few.
Master of Science – ACCHS
Bachelor of Science – FSU
Licensed CA Acupuncturist
Licensed CA Esthetician
First Aid/CPR certified
Clean Needle Technique