August Practitioner Spotlight: Eva Shu

 
 
Through the lens of Chinese medicine, I aim to serve patients in a compassionate, effective, and ethical way.

I recently moved back to Berkeley. At my new home, I'm still unpacking my boxes. In the clinic, the unpacking will never end. I get to share what I've learned in my travels and studies with the patients I see each day. About 10 years ago, I moved away from Berkeley, to study Ayurvedic medicine with Dr. Lad in the high desert of New Mexico, and then to study Chinese medicine at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine in the evergreen Pacific Northwest, and then to study more Chinese medicine in my homeland of Taiwan.

Moving back here now, I see how the area has changed. I also reflect on the changes in me since diving into Eastern medicine. Growing up, I experienced multiple injuries while competing in athletics. In college, my major was Cognitive Science, the study of the mind. How to heal injuries, how to mentally cope with setbacks like injuries, how to compete at optimal performance, how the mind decides whether to watch TV or do homework, how habits work, how to have peace of mind--these were all questions I pondered. I moved away on a quest for answers, and I am grateful for the gifts of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, that map out the landscapes of our selves and provide manuals for care.

I continue to dive deeper in the field of Chinese medicine. This year, I am enrolled in a specialized program studying skin diseases. Through the lens of Chinese medicine, I aim to serve patients in a compassionate, effective, and ethical way. I am happy to do it back at home here in the Bay Area.