Feb 6, 2014

5 Questions // Lis Goldshmidt LAc & Portland Apothecary


Our second installment of our 5 Questions series is with artist and acupuncturist Lis Goldshmidt of Five Pins Project in San Francisco. In this series we are posing a set of 5 Questions to healers and makers that we love and admire. They are two different sets of questions accordingly, but both have in common an exploration of plants, intention and creative/healing practice. Do comment below to particiapte in the conversation and please share this interview!


1. What motivates you to work within the health field?
I’m motivated by the basic human need to be healthy and comfortable.
If only we were all as healthy and pain free as possible! Just imagine: people would be more present and loving with their friends and families, be able to make more art, be involved in more community events, and have more fun!
My hope is that by supporting individuals in their strive to be more healthy and comfortable, I am also supporting the community at large. 


2. Is there a certain piece of advice you find yourself giving to your clients often? If so, what is it? 
Rest, rest, rest.
If we’re not getting enough rest, it doesn’t matter how well we eat, or if we take herbs or get exercise. Our bodies and minds need time to recover from our bustling lives. For times when people are too busy to get as many hours of sleep as they want/need, I suggest brief naps, or even a few moments spent after lunch with their eyes closed. 



3. Favorite books within your healing modality?
There are so many classics in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Whenever I’m presented with a difficult case, I go back to the basics: The Foundations of Chinese Medicine by Macioca.

4. Are plants part of your practice and if so, which do you find yourself using the most and for what reason?
I do use herbal medicine as part of my practice. I most often use alcohol based tinctures made with organic and wildcrafted herbs. In Chinese Medicine, we rarely use single herbs - we usually use balanced formulas that combine several herbs. However, the one herb, used alone, I often recommend is turmeric. In Chinese Medicine we call it Jiang Huang and we use it for conditions of blood stagnation- like painful menstruation and body aches. There have been so many recent studies that show that turmeric is great for everything from inflammation to cancer prevention. I suggest it to many of my patients, either to be taken as a supplement or included more often in their diet. 



5. Please include 1 recipe (which could include remedies, exercise, art methods, food, visualizations, etc - please interpret recipe in your own way)
Take one minute everyday, either first thing when you wake up or just before you go to sleep, and notice all the ways your body is working perfectly. It's nice to take a moment to notice the stuff that's working, and not only the aches and pain and parts that aren't doing what we need/want them to do. 
Are your lungs allowing you to breath in life giving oxygen? Are your liver and kidneys helping you yo detoxify? Is your heart keeping your blood moving through your veins? Is your nervous system allowing you to sense your surroundings? For many of us, these kinds of miraculous bodily functions happen with out us even having to think about it. 




Lis Goldschmidt is a Licensed Acupuncturist in California with a Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM). Lis excels at treating a variety of conditions including pain of all types, insomnia, digestive issues, menstrual issues, and addiction. In addition, she has advanced training in the treatment of depression/anxiety, Lyme Disease, transgender health issues, and pre/post surgical care.
While studying Traditional Chinese Medicine, Lis interned at the ACTCM Community Clinic, the Auricular Clinic, the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic, and the Jewish Home for the Aged. Lis has also worked at San Francisco Community Acupuncture, Circle Community Acupuncture and Community Acupuncture Works. She currently volunteers her services to Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic.
Having earned a Bachelor of the Arts in Art Education, Lis brings an artist’s sensibility to the practice of Chinese Medicine. Lis’ enthusiasm for holistic health care grows from her interest in the human body, the arts, and her commitment to community.

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