Today we’d like to introduce you to Jordan Hoffman.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
When I was at the University of California, Santa Barbara, majoring in Political Science and International Relations, my big dream in life was to be the Secretary of State. I had it all mapped out. I’d graduate, go to Washington DC for an internship in a think-tank on Russia, go to Japan for a year to study Japanese, teach English as a Second Language and do martial arts, come back and go to grad school for a Master’s in Japanese, Russian and Foreign Policy. And then I would conquer the world! Ah, but things did not exactly work out that way! All my applications for Washington got ignored, and I began to look long and hard at my Path. I got hired to teach ESL in Japan and, feeling the call to take some clear steps forward on my burgeoning Path, I decided to sell everything and just move there. Aikido, the martial art I was studying, brought me my first real steps toward self-awareness and I began to meditate, explore yoga and my desire to learn about healthy eating. When I began to contemplate my future career path, I remembered how inspired I was by my first acupuncturist, Joseph Acquah, OMD. Not only was he a martial artist and taught Tai Chi but he also had a calm, peaceful and graceful way about him. I thought, “What a great way to be! And what an internally rewarding way to be of service to others!”
After 3 1/2 years of living in Japan, I returned home to LA. I first became a Certified and License Massage Therapist to see if I like engaging with people and their health. That gave me a wealth of experience and was an excellent first step toward the bigger commitment of Oriental Medicine School– a 4-year Master’s degree program. Once I began school in 2002, I knew I was where I was supposed to be. On a personal level, this medicine inspires me and helps me understand my connection to my environment, the people around me and to my own Self. On a professional level, I get to access and develop all parts of myself (my intellect, my intuition, my creativity and my desire to help others), and figure out how to direct them toward the health and wellness of my patients.
Has it been a smooth road?
One of the things that is most inspiring about this medicine is that, around the world, we all more or less study the same basic 4-year curriculum. And yet, once we graduate we seem to fan out and use what we learn in our own unique way. There is no one way to be an acupuncturist; there is no one way to practice herbal medicine. I got into this work to first learn about myself and then redirect that knowledge toward helping my patients. And as I have evolved as a being, so has my medicine evolved. As I have tapped into the deep riches of its 4000 years of medical history and accumulated knowledge, and found what speaks to me and inspires me, I find ways of using that clarity to help others. And as I continue to do research into food and nutrition and the Western understanding of this complex medicine, I try and integrate all that knowledge into the various tools and skills I use to guide my patients toward feeling well and thriving.
As such, one of my greatest challenges on this Path, is to continuously look within to find my medicine so I may then look without to offer it. And as true with all great challenges, they are seldom easy and yet they also come with great reward.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Jordan Hoffman Acupuncture – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I have a very flexible practice. I specialize in Pain Management, Internal Medicine and Addiction.
On your first visit with me, I do a through history and intake, go through various diagnostic procedures, and begin to piece together your related and seemingly unrelated signs and symptoms into a concise mosaic that helps explain what ails you.
Acute or chronic pain is the #1 reason most people seek my care. One of the amazing things about acupuncture is that any pain can be lessened within seconds of finding the right acupuncture points. No matter how many times that occurs, I am always blown away at the profound understanding Chinese medicine has of how the body works. Keeping that pain away then depends on how accurately you and I are able to create that mosaic.
I have also developed a reputation for helping to identify deeper, harder to find reasons for chronic illness. I was blessed to study under Matt Van Benschoten, OMD, who gave me skills to be able accurately identify and treat food and environmental toxins that have an adverse effect on our health. Be they mercury from dental amalgams, environmental mold exposure, or food borne pathogens, many of these toxins are quiet, stealthy, and go long unrecognized as a problem. A significant portion of my patient base suffering from chronic medical conditions fall in this category. Through acupuncture, herbs, and nutritional and lifestyle counseling, I am often able to guide my patients through necessary changes and toward an empowered sense of health and well-being.
One of the main tools I use to help someone through dietary changes is called a Food-Mood Journal. I have done numerous public speaking engagements on this topic. No matter where I speak, people always ask what they should eat. There is certainly a great deal of confusing information out there. I try and cut through the confusion by focusing on cultivating self-awareness– learning to listen to what your body wants to eat, what it feels best taking in. While what our Mind learns may indeed reinforce the messages from our Body, more often than not we forego the Body messages in favor of misinformation from the Mind and emotional eating of the Heart. In working with people around their food choices and addictions, my goal is to evolve toward one common message from the Mind, the Body and the Spirit.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I am a Los Angeleno, born and bred! I love this town!
From college to Japan, I was away from LA for about 8 1/2 years– time enough to come back with an even deeper love and appreciation for all the City of Angels has to offer. You could have any experience you want in LA! The diversity of cultures, of neighborhoods, and of lifestyles makes LA a truly unique and dynamic city.
Within that, comes an ideal environment for those seeking integrative healthcare. In just Los Angeles county alone, there are at least 4 Oriental Medicine schools!
That reflects, in part, the great demand there is in LA for the unique role acupuncturists can play in supporting your health and wellness through the various stages of your life.
And then there are the challenges of modern day living in this town…Chinese Medicine was founded on a keen observation of the rhythms of nature, seeing those rhythms reflected inside each and every one of us. Living in a major metropolitan city like LA, it is easy to lose sight of this fundamental fact. And that lost connectedness to our environment, to each other, and to our own inner rhythms is the #1 issue afflicting a great number of us these days. Within my work with you, if this imbalance rings true, we can find ways of living more in accordance with your own natural rhythms and cycles.
- Address: Jordan Hoffman Acupuncture
2001 S. Barrington Ave. Ste. 116
Los Angeles, CA 90025
- Website: www.JordanHoffmanAcupuncture.com
- Phone: 310-729-9061
- Email: Jordan@JordanHoffmanAcupuncture.com
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