Afton Village is a growing community right off I-85 exit 54 in western Concord. New businesses are constantly opening and changing the landscape of this neighborhood. One new business I recently noticed is Whitespire Center, which offers acupuncture and Asian food therapy.
Owner and acupuncturist Margot Dragon explained her treatments.
"I use most of the common modalities: acupuncture, tui na, gua sha, cupping, custom herb formulas, patented pill formulas and Asian food therapy. The school I received my masters from at the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is one of the top-ranked schools in the country," Dragon said.
"So in my own practice I try to maintain that level of commitment to my patients.... My goal is to educate the patient to understand how they got sick and to learn how to maintain their own health and well-being, and I use the laws of nature in order to do that."
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Dragon originally had planned to attend medical school to study Western medicine, but a class in college quickly changed her mind.
"The professor made us stand up and talk about what our plans were. I had a full ride for medical school, which was going to be paid for by a friend who was a cardiologist. When a girl talked about (Asian) medicine, it piqued my curiosity, so I had gone to the bookstore and found a book about (Asian) medicine," Dragon said.
"I had been suffering from severe allergies after a car accident, and in the book it described my symptoms and recommended dietary changes.... I modified my diet and got rid of my allergies.
"So I began to study Asian food therapy and to understand how to bring the body back into balance with nature, based on the foods' interaction with the body."
Eastern medicine has grown tremendously in this country, and Dragon offered her opinion why. "I think the most common reason people seek acupuncture and (Asian) medicine is because they have exhausted all avenues that Western medicine has to offer them. Sometimes the information that is given does not make sense, and, at the subconscious level, we feel that," she said.
"People for the most part want to get better and want to have control over their lives and their health. No one wants to wake up wondering whether today is going to be a good day or not.... People ... want to feel like they have control over their treatment and I try to incorporate it in the patient's recovery."
If you are not familiar with these types of treatments you can find out more information on her website, www.whitespirecenter.com.
"When seeking treatment by anyone, please remember it is your body and your responsibility, so do your homework and be proactive in your own health care," Dragon said. "A practitioner works for you, and if you feel that you are not heard, or comfortable, you have the right to walk away and find someone who will be a partner in your health."