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Joe Moceus

When I was in high school, I became interested in ancient Chinese philosophy and Qigong. During my undergrad, I started studying psychology because I wanted to be able to help people. My friends and family have always told me that I’m an easy person to talk with, so I thought I would end up being a therapist. During my studies, however, I felt that I wanted to help people in a different way. I shifted my focus to philosophy. I thought being a philosopher could be another way to help people (as it helped me) by navigating the big questions of life. After getting jaded by writing papers, I wanted to find a way of “living philosophy” or expressing it, which lead me to art. I feel that practicing Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is the perfect combination of art, living philosophy, and helping people.

Cultivating my Qi in Japan

While in Japan, I became more interested in Qigong and meditation. I took classes from an acupuncturist in town who taught tai chi classes everyday. If I happened to see him at the grocery store, he would approach me and we would have a spontaneous tai chi push hands session. On my days off from work, I spent most of my time in secluded nature spots near waterfalls and in mountain forests by the sea cultivating my Qi with Qigong and Tai Chi.

Learning to teach Tai Chi

When I returned to the states, I took a Tai Chi Easy Practice Leader workshop with Dr. Roger Jahnke. We practiced tai chi and qigong intensely (in a relaxed sort of way) for a week while learning how to lead classes to make these healing arts more accessible to everyone. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Since then, I have taught many Tai Chi and Qigong courses. It’s always a joy when students will tell me how some ailments that they had diminished or completely resolved after doing the course or how they noticed huge positive changes in their lives.

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego

I learned acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in San Diego at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. While in school I completed an externship at San Diego Cancer Center providing acupuncture for patients. I was able to help reduce the side effects of chemo, radiation, and surgery from the cancer treatments. More importantly, I feel, I was able to help the patients to relax and gain a greater sense of ease and well-being regardless of their prognosis. 

I graduated in 2013 and I’ve been practicing since 2014. Since Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are natural and holistic healing systems, I am able to treat a wide variety of ailments. I have a special interest in treating stress, neurological disorders, and musculoskeletal conditions.

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