My name is Beth Randles, and I am passionate about holistic medicine.
This Fall, I have received the fantastic opportunity to continue my growth as a healthcare provider and put my skills towards service in Makwanpur, Nepal with the Acupuncture Relief Project (ARP). While receiving hands-on clinical experience and education under the supervision and leadership of a mentor whom I admire, I will be providing primary care, education, and patient advocacy for medically underserved communities of rural Nepal. I cannot imagine better soil for my transition into practice and blossoming into the healer I want to be.
I love East Asian medicine for its ability to address not just a symptom but the whole individual, identifying the deepest roots of their condition, whether physical or mental. I am dedicated to making holistic medicine more accessible through integrative models of healthcare and patient education. I envision my future practice as a safe haven for clients’ empowerment with the tools to manage their own health, so that they can be truly free to pursue their passions and realize their best selves.
As many of you already know, I will be graduating from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine this August after three years of intensive study in the philosophy and practice of Chinese Medicine. As well as learning acupuncture, Shiatsu, and Chinese herbology, I have been studying biomedicine and developing myself as an integrative medical provider. It has been an incredible and humbling journey of learning, which I am excited to continue with the ARP.
To get to Nepal, however, I need your support!
ABOUT THE ACUPUNCTURE RELIEF PROJECT
The Acupuncture Relief Project (ARP) is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide primary care at no cost to Nepal’s medically underserved rural communities, which make up 85% of Nepal’s population. Despite being a country rich in culture and natural beauty, Nepal remains one of the world’s poorest countries, with a per capita income of only $244 each year. A decade of civil war has exacerbated this situation. ARP’s clinics provide welcome relief for adverse health outcomes related to extreme poverty, disenfranchisement of vulnerable minority groups, and a lack of government and social services in rural Nepal.
Acupuncture is a whole medical system, developed to manage a large range of medical conditions. Safe and cost-effective, acupuncture comprehensively addresses a complaint in the context of the whole person, simultaneously addressing their physical and mental well-being. The effects of acupuncture are immediate and can be long lasting, especially with follow-up care provided by ARP’s clinics, which prioritize sustainable and high-quality care. ARP clinicians serve as primary care providers, the main source of medical advice, assessment, and diagnostics in their communities. Acupuncture is provided in the context of ARP’s integrative medical model, including allopathic and naturopathic modalities as indicated.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
In order to participate in this unique program, I need to raise $5000. This money will cover my room and board in Nepal, as well as my transportation there. More importantly, your tax deductible contributions will go towards medical supplies and operating expenses of ARP field clinics.
$1 pays for one patient treatment
$20 pays for an interpreter for 10 days
$50 pays for one practitioner's clinic supplies for one week
$100 pays all of the clinic’s expenses for one day!
To those of you who have supported my journey until now, thank you. Through this process, I have been broken and reassembled. I cannot express how grateful I am to be who I am now, practicing a medicine that I am passionate about.
With your donation, I will be able to take on this amazing opportunity to practice in Nepal, seeing an average of 25 patients a day, with a diversity of conditions, in a culture that is new to me. It will be a strong next step in my career, providing me valuable experience and education. This foundation will serve me and my future patients in November, as I return to Rhode Island to practice.
I look forward to sharing my stories of Nepal with you! If you would like to follow my journey, tune in on Instagram.
Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in the world and has been plagued with political unrest and military conflict for the past decade. Since 2008, the Acupuncture Relief Project has provided over 250,000 treatments to patients living in rural villages outside of Kathmandu Nepal. Our efforts include the treatment of patients living with HIV and AIDs as well as people suffering from extreme poverty and social disfranchisement. Common conditions include musculoskeletal pain, digestive pain, hypertension, diabetes, stroke rehabilitation, uterine prolapse, asthma, and recovery from tuberculosis treatment, typhoid fever, and surgery.