Acupuncture Spotlight: Anna Palucci

Posted on December 18

Annaheadshot3Meet Anna Palucci, who is an acupuncturist and the supervisor of our Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) acupuncture clinic at CWHC. To schedule an appointment for our Monday and Thursday clinics, call 773-935-6126! We interviewed Anna to learn more about herself and how she believes acupuncture ties into the mission of CWHC.

Q: For how long have you been practicing acupuncture?
A: For six years.

Q: Why did you decide to go into acupuncture?
A: I was unhappy with my career, and I wanted to be in a helping profession. I thought maybe I would get a Masters in Clinical Psychology, but after taking classes in the field I felt like something was missing. I actually found out about acupuncture in a funny way, from a show on TV about ancient healing methods. I was fascinated, and thought this was what I wanted to do. I took one class before committing to the profession and was completely in love with acupuncture. I knew that it was the path I wanted to follow. 

Q: What do you think is the greatest benefit acupuncture offers clients?
A: Acupuncture allows clients to be intimately involved in their own healing. Instead of a practitioner versus client relationship, it's more of a collaboration.

Q: What would you say to someone considering trying acupuncture?
A: I would suggest they do research--there's so much information on the internet right now, and you can get an idea of what it will be like. To really understand, though, you have to experience it. Many ask questions about acupuncture hurting, and it can be hard to get over the needles, but acupuncture needles are not like the needles that most people are familiar with (hypodermic needles). You can fit something like 20 acupuncture needles in a hypodermic needle.

Q: How do you think PCOM and acupuncture fit into the CWHC mission and philosophy?
A: Acupuncture and CWHC are very compatible because acupuncture is about empowering the individual to become more aware of their body and the healing process. The other thing about chinese medicine is that a big part of it is explaining exactly how the appointment is going to.  We explain the interview process and why we ask the questions that we do, we explain the procedure step by step, and we inform people immediately that they can refuse treatment if they are ever uncomfortable. I think this is very similar to the way CWHC educates and works with their clients.