We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Huffman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
Daniel Reid’s The Tao of Heath, Sex & Longevity was my introduction to an Asian perspective on wellness. I was only a teenager when I stumbled upon it, but it was a portal into my explorations of Taoism and ultimately, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. I began to understand health not as something to attend to only when it faltered, but as an aspect of life to cultivate over time. It explored aspects of the Tao, fasting, sexual wellness, inner alchemy – topics that I hadn’t considered before. It was far from the required reading at school, but offered a glimpse into an educational journey that I’m still on today. Now, I share my knowledge of such subjects with my patients. And I still recommend the book, as it holds up well.
What should our readers know about your business?
Slo Poke Acupuncture has changed over time. It began as a Community clinic in South Pasadena serving the locals there. Covid-19 forced some changes to the business model and now I operate as a private practice. My heart is still devoted to the ideas behind community acupuncture, however. I want to be of service to communities who might not benefit from acupuncture as it is often practiced in the West. It is a people’s medicine that should be affordable for all, not simply those who can afford it as a spa-like service. Over many years in practice, I have noted that the frequency of treatment more so than any style of treatment is what creates healthier patients. Making this medicine accessible to as many folks as possible is my goal. It can help heal so many imbalances – from pains & strains, to stress & insomnia; it can even undo some of 2020’s damage done.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, in Covid times this list is a bit different, but still a wonderful day spent in the City of Angels. Because it’s always wise to start with food, we’d start with pastries from Republique, followed by the best breakfast burrito in town at Cofax Coffee. A hike to work it all off at Devil’s Canyon in Santa Monica with a few friends. More beach time in Venice around a drum circle, and a game of pool at Hinano cafe. Drive through Lemeirt Park for some live music in the plaza and a stroll through the local bookstore, Eso Wan. DTLA for the best hand rolls at Kazu Nori, then walk it off while record shopping at Last Bookstore. Then on to Guerrilla tacos to ensure we eat our vegetables – sweet potato tacos! That counts right? Then take in a drive in at Electric Dusk while slurping take-out ramen from Daikokuya. Last stop is Magpie for vegan corn almond soft-serve. We are stuffed, happy, and pretending to not be a health-care practitioner for a day. 😉
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutouts go to so many folks who have influenced me along this path of Eastern medicine and philosophy. The big picture thinker Alan Watts, whose self-identified professional title of Philosophical Entertainer is perfectly fitting. He continues to help expand my thinking from his grave. On a more personal note, a friend who was integral along my path of becoming a legit business owner, Katherine Shadwick, helped me overcome the seemingly insurmountable hurdles of incorporating my practice. Without her, I wonder if I’d be operating today. Luckily she enjoyed doing all of the administrative things I loathed.
Shen Boucher – foot needling