As we approach the launch of our first immersive experience box - finding your center this month, we want to introduce our talented friend and collaborator Monique Hulick, L.Ac. We are so proud to have worked with her on this project which is so dear to our hearts.
Monique Hulick, L.Ac. is a bay area based licensed Acupuncturist focusing on holistic health. She is a graduate of Five Branches University, the renowned school for traditional Chinese medicine and holds a master’s degree. Monique's passion for wellness began at an early age when family members were falling ill and the modern medical model was failing them. Through tragedy, Monique found a silver lining. She aspires to keep those around her happy, healthy, and thriving. She hopes the knowledge she imparts to patients and loved ones will be passed on, connecting the world and inciting people to take control of their wellbeing.
I am a licensed Acupuncturist with a Master's Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. My post-graduate certification was gained in the renowned Balance Method under the prominent practitioner, Richard Teh-Fu Tan, O.M.D. L.Ac. This method is differentiated because of its ability to provide instant pain relief while also working on the root of the problem.
I empower others to take back the health of their bodies and minds; to listen to what their bodies are telling them. I offer alternatives and explanations where Western medicine falls short. I seek to create lifelong habits to ensure continuous health.
What is Chinese Medicine and how does it work?
An ancient and timeless healing system in practice for more than 5,000 years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on how things in nature interact to create harmony and balance or – when a system in the body is out of balance - disease. TCM works by reestablishing balance through herbal medicine, diet, lifestyle, emotion openness, and acupuncture, alleviating the pain and addressing and treating the root cause.
How does Cannabis relate to TCM?
The Cannabis plant and seeds have been used in TCM for well over 1,000 years. According to ancient texts and modern observations, Cannabis relieves pain and spasms, calms withdrawal symptoms, pacifies mania, treats insomnia, and relieves headaches.
In my practice as a present-day herbalist, I observe various effects of Cannabis use. These include relieving Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, depression, insomnia, general pain, arthritis, and addressing autoimmune disorders including, MS, Psoriasis, Eczema, and Lupus. Observed and severe adverse effects occur, however, when Cannabis is used recreationally instead of in a prescribed and directed manner.
What does Wellness mean to you?
Wellness encompasses a holistic approach to overall health. It is an informed methodology that builds health strategically -- not merely treating an acute issue.
At the core of wellness is a conscious, self-directed, and evolving process of achieving full potential. Wellness is multidimensional and holistic; encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment.
A patient reaps a more authentic experience with transparency, immediacy, participation, and accountability. As a result, how a person contributes to his environment and community is enhanced through the enrichment of life through work and its interconnectedness to living and playing.
I encourage patients to discover and embrace the benefits of regular physical activity, healthy eating habits, personal growth, strength, and vitality -- thus stimulating their minds and reviving the sharing of their creative gifts with others, leading to higher self-esteem, self-control, and determination as a sense of direction.
The most critical change that will positively affect one’s lifestyle?
Substituting fats for sugars – more nuts and seeds, less granola. Coffee with cream, less sugar. More eggs, less toast.
What is your self-care routine?
For headaches, I employ CBD pens or sublingual tinctures. The Dosist Passion Pen and Foria Oil (either alone or with a partner).
What effect will Cannabis have on a woman’s health?
Women with general depression, postpartum depression, anxiety, PTSD, and insomnia are most benefited with the use of Cannabis. Cannabis is not, however, a cure and must be used in conjunction with complementary medicine under the care and supervision of a qualified practitioner.
Why is Education essential to the Cannabis Movement?
Information about Cannabis and its uses is disaggregated, unstructured, and overwhelming. Education is essential to yield the best results – results gained through moderation and responsible use. Education is also vital to ridding the stigma.
What area of research needs funding most as it relates to Cannabis?
PTSD is most in need in terms of Cannabis research and funding; a generation of soldiers have been subject to hostile environments (war) and every tool available must be utilized to address this abject need.