The Neydo Tashi Choling Monastery where we will be returning in August!  

The Neydo Tashi Choling Monastery where we will be returning in August!  

 View from the Monastery overlooking the Pharping valley full of rice fields and leeches!

View from the Monastery overlooking the Pharping valley full of rice fields and leeches!

Open hands medicine - acupuncture free clinic

In mid-August I will be returning to Nepal to spend 3 weeks volunteering Open Hands Medicine, learning from my Teacher and setting up a free clinic for the villagers and rural communities surrounding the Neydo Monastery.  This will be my second year volunteering with this incredible organization and I can't wait to return - to see some of the patients we treated last year, continue learning about the Nepalese culture (and delicious food!!), learn from my colleagues in the field, and hike and chat with the monks who became friends last year.  

Recently someone asked me if this trip really, seriously benefited my practice and my patients.  The answer is a huge resounding YES!  I returned from this adventure last year with so many new techniques to use with my patients as well as more confidence to treat challenging conditions, a better dialogue and more informed sense of treatment planning.  And you know what - people started getting better faster.  That's worth it.  The ability to have continued mentorship from Daniel, one of my Teachers, is worth it.  The ability to challenge myself, to treat conditions I'd never see here in the States, to think outside the box - totally worth it.  Everything about this trip is fulfilling.  It's exhilarating, engaging, incredible, and totally exhausting!  I'm counting the days, writing down all my questions for Daniel - things we saw last year, techniques we used that I still need clarification with, case studies from my private practice I could use another set of eyes on - and gathering supplies, resources and finances.  

 Using direct moxa to treat warts on several of the monks.  

Using direct moxa to treat warts on several of the monks.  

 One of the volunteers bleeding engorged vessels behind a patients knee.

One of the volunteers bleeding engorged vessels behind a patients knee.

How you can help

Volunteers are asked to raise $1200 to help pay for expenses in Nepal.  This donation helps pay for accommodations, travel expenses to different clinic locations, and to support the behind-the-scenes work that happens to organize each trip.  If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, you can either click the button above which will take you to Open Hands Medicine's website or you can drop off donations at the clinic.  I'll have a donation jar on the counter!  If you donate through the website, please send Daniel an e-mail with my name so he can track who's raising what!  Thank you so much for your interest and support in this amazing work!!!

If you're interested in joining the 2019 team please be in touch!  I am more than happy to share my experiences with you and put you in touch with Daniel, OHM founder.  I helped Daniel and his family get their dream baby non-profit off the ground and deeply care about the mission and success of this organization.  It's an incredible experience - for acupuncturists, for other medical professionals who are interested in Chinese medicine, and for folks interested in being part of the support team - providing much needed support during clinic shifts and helping with patients!  

 Treating shoulder pain in one of the monks.

Treating shoulder pain in one of the monks.

 Overlooking the Kathmandu Valley.  On a clear day (which is rare) you'd be able to see Mt. Everest from here!

Overlooking the Kathmandu Valley.  On a clear day (which is rare) you'd be able to see Mt. Everest from here!

 The largest outdoor golden Buddha - this temple was still under construction but the hike was beautiful and they let us in to get a closer look!!

The largest outdoor golden Buddha - this temple was still under construction but the hike was beautiful and they let us in to get a closer look!!

 Needle top moxabustion for back pain.  So.  Much.  Moxa.

Needle top moxabustion for back pain.  So.  Much.  Moxa.

 Learning some hand mudras from Sangye!

Learning some hand mudras from Sangye!

 Farewell Puja - this was pretty spectacular.  We had a huge fire with loads of incense, the monks chanted and played ceremonial instruments, we made offerings, cleaned the site and hung new prayer flags.  It was a beautiful ceremony.

Farewell Puja - this was pretty spectacular.  We had a huge fire with loads of incense, the monks chanted and played ceremonial instruments, we made offerings, cleaned the site and hung new prayer flags.  It was a beautiful ceremony.