Emma is founder and director of Chinese Medicine Living. She created it as a labour of love in an attempt to share traditional Chinese wisdom and help others to apply it to living a healthy lifestyle in the modern world. And, perhaps most importantly, she loves Chinese Medicine. Passionately. And this site is a way to share it with you.
Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP
A little bit about me…
I often get asked how I got into Chinese Medicine, to most people a strange profession. I tell them that I have been seeing a doctor of Chinese Medicine since I was a kid, and that, for me, is where it all started.
When I was a teenager I had terrible cramps that came every month with my periods. I was incapacitated for one week out of every four. I couldn’t go to school. All I could do was lie on the floor and cry. I often ended up at the hospital because the pain was so bad no one knew what else to do. What doctors told me was always the same. You are a girl, girls have cramps, and you are just going to have to deal with it. Their solution was to give me drugs. Lots of drugs that made me feel like a vegetable and left me unable to function. This continued for years until my cramps became so bad that I had 3 separate doctors tell me that I should consider having a hysterectomy. This means having the offending organ (in this case, my uterus) removed. I was 15 years old.
I knew this solution was crazy and that I had to look for alternatives. This is when my mother took me to an acupuncturist named Ping Ping. It was a life changing experience. She listened to me. She asked me questions that no doctor had ever asked about not only my cramps, but every part of me, physical, psychological, spiritual. And then she told me something wonderful. She said she could help me and that even though I was a little out of balance, that it was completely fixable and that I would be fine.
After a few months of acupuncture and herbs, the cramps that had plagued me for years were gone. This made me realize that this is what medicine and healing was supposed to be, and not what I had experienced with Western doctors. It was then that I decided I would dedicate my life to the study and practice of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). How could I not? It saved me. And I have been blessed to not only be able to study and practice this incredible medicine, but I have experienced its effects. Its approach to health and the human body is so poetic, so beautiful and so effective. I believe that its ability to heal is without limit. Sometimes, we do not choose what will inspire us, change us and determine the course of our lives, it chooses us.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Emma received a Diploma of Acupuncture in 2006, and immediately after graduating started her first job treating postal workers seeing 20 patients a day. Over the next several years she worked at a number of multidisciplinary clinics developing her skills and technique while working collaboratively with other health professionals, including medical doctors, to restore health to her patients. Today she specializes in gynaecology, paediatrics and treating emotional issues and mood disorders through her own practice, Blue Buddha Acupuncture Sarasota (formerly Ukiah Clinic). She is publisher of Chinese Medicine Living and a contributor to Acupuncture.com, Chinese Medicine Digital Magazine and Qi Encyclopedia.
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Emma is also a martial artist and studied kung fu, as well as many other martial arts for more than 11 years. She has extensively studied Qi Gong and Tai Chi whose techniques she uses in practice to help patients to rebalance, and aid in their healing. She has lived and worked in China where she had the opportunity to immerse herself in Chinese culture which helped her to gain a deeper understanding of the medicine she practices. She is always learning and is constantly humbled by both the scope and the profound wisdom that is Traditional Chinese Medicine.
TCM holds the body’s abilities to regenerate and heal itself in great reverence, and this idea is at the core of Traditional Chinese Medicine theory. Ancient Chinese philosophers believed that the body has its own “intelligence” and thus in China a medical system was developed to harness and support that intelligence and use it to heal. Whereas the Western model is more of a disease system, focussing on pathology instead of health, TCM aims to keep the body healthy and in balance so that disease never has a chance to develop. This is why it is not just a medical system, but an entire way of life. Living and eating with the seasons, moderation in work and play, and keeping our emotions balanced are only a few of the ways in which TCM attempts to keep the human being in optimum health. My vision is to share this knowledge and make it accessible to everyone. It is a system that I deeply believe in, and I have been lucky enough to see its positive effects in myself and countless patients. TCM is the system that has always resonated with me, and the one I choose to make my tiny contribution to helping heal the planet, one person at a time.
Chinese Medicine Living
Chinese Medicine Living was created to share how Chinese medicine principles are applied to the way we live our lives to improve health on every level. In my articles, interviews and information I strive to share how the body and the world is seen through the eyes of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) so people can better understand its theories, and how to live a healthy balanced lifestyle according to its principles. How TCM views the body and its connections to emotions, living in harmony with the world around us, and how to achieve the balance synonymous with health are the ways in which we strive to impart the limitless wisdom of Chinese medicine.