When people find out that the Husband is an acupuncturist and herbalist, they inevitably ask one of four questions:
An herbalist?! Does that mean he can get me a prescription for medical marijuana? (No.)
An acupuncturist?! Is he Asian? (No.)
Did he go to school for that? (Yes â€“ he took a post-undergraduate four-year program that was crammed into three intense years.)
Natural medicine?! Weird. If you had cancer, would you take a bunch of herbs instead of getting chemo? (No.)
My favorite one is the, â€œIs he Asian?â€ Iâ€™m telling you, at least one person calls the clinic each week and asks me if the Husband is Chinese. Iâ€™m never sure if they want him to be Chinese because then he will somehow be better at acupuncture or if they donâ€™t want him to be Chinese because theyâ€™re concerned he wonâ€™t speak English. So I always say, â€œHeâ€™s from England, but he studied with Chinese masters of acupuncture and knows all the ancient Chinese secrets.â€ That seems to do the trick.
The other question that I get a lot is, â€œDo you take Chinese herbs?â€ and the answer is YES! Chinese herbs are amazing. Herbalists can give you mixtures of herbs to help with a variety of conditions, but I take â€˜em for anxiety and trouble sleeping. I like that the Husband gives me herbs packed into pills v. in tea form, too â€“ herbs can taste really icky. Herbalist mix herbs according to a personâ€™s unique condition, so thereâ€™s no one-size-fits-all solution like Tylenol PM.
So â€“ after a sound nightâ€™s sleep, I woke up and made this delicious breakfast:
Defrosted frozen raspberries, sesame almonds, Greek yogurt, and raw oats. Oh-so-good.
Whatâ€™s a funny question people always ask about your job?