Homa Sikon, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M. is a licensed practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, treating patients around the globe since 2008. Her philosophy for treatment extends far beyond simple pain relief as she works to give her patients a balance of both body and mind. Graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors from Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, Homa helps patients become their best, most energetic selves. Her background as a former engineer working on multibillion-dollar satellite systems gives Homa the problem-solving skills and attention to detail needed to treat patients with her personalized care plan. She treats patients with various disorders, from the common cold to adrenal fatigue. In addition, she provides patients of all ages with successful and practical recommendations for exercise, nutrition, and general lifestyle practices. When she is not treating patients, you can find Homa reading professional journals or taking continuing education classes. She also enjoys cooking, hiking, kayaking, and traveling with her husband.
Hello Homa Sikon, L.Ac, Dipl. OM.!
Welcome to the Acupuncturist of the Month interview.
So, how long have you been practicing acupuncture for, and what are your specialties?
I’ve been practicing acupuncture since 2008. In my practice, I treat a wide range of conditions. I have opted out of specializing in one area because I like variety and TCM’s holistic approach lends itself to successfully treating various disorders using pattern differentiation.
What inspired you to become an acupuncturist?
My inspiration to become an acupuncturist stemmed from my own health challenges. Although they were not dramatic and life threatening, my quality of life suffered from severe allergies when I moved to Los Angeles. Frequent doctor visits, realizing that insurance companies had a say in what medication my doctor could prescribe to me, and seeing those medications on television commercials suddenly opened my eyes to how the health care system operated. My doctor made health decisions for me within the constraints set for her by my insurance plan, and the incentives provided by pharmaceuticals. Eventually I was able to manage my allergies using Traditional Chinese Medicine, and found the vast contrast in the approach, i.e., treating the root cause and not just the symptoms, fascinating. In my book, Super Bowl Fit: Mainstreaming Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture, I have written about my journey to becoming an acupuncturist.
You wrote a book, amazing! What inspired you to write Super Bowl Fit: Mainstreaming Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture?
For years I’ve been looking at ways to educate the public and promote our medicine. I tried various networking groups in my local community, and joined Toastmasters to hone my public speaking so I could educate the public more effectively. I didn’t necessarily enjoy networking or public speaking, but I was determined to push myself outside of my comfort zone. With the pandemic and the lockdown, the pressure was off and gave me time to think about other ways to reach people and promote Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the idea of writing a book eventually emerged.
“Super Bowl Fit” is a wealth of information for those who have never tried acupuncture for various reasons such as fear, dismissal, etc. It attempts to establish our medicine as a true form of healthcare – a paradigm shift from the current system which I describe as the sick-care model. I have intentionally written the book in very simple terms, it is eye opening yet motivating and uplifting.
The title “Super Bowl Fit” stems from me day dreaming about seeing Chinese Medicine and acupuncture on mainstream media and television commercials. Our profession has survived as a grassroots movement, new practitioners have to heavily market and educate their community to establish a successful practice. Our medicine does not have high profit margins because it is also a very economical form of medicine, I don’t foresee TCM commercials on the national TV let alone during the Super Bowl. At the same time, many world class athletes turn to acupuncture for optimal performance, including Super Bowl players. So why can’t the general public benefit from our services to be/feel their best? Super Bowl has a widespread mainstream appeal here in the US, and recognized internationally, and I would love our medicine to have the same caliber of appeal and recognition, and become mainstream.
What advice can you give other acupuncturists who want to publish their own book?
Just do it! With Amazon and other online sources, self publishing is easy and accessible to all.
On your journey to become an acupuncturist, what obstacles did you face and how did you overcome them?
The biggest obstacle has been mainstream knowledge and recognition of how much value we add to our communities. I feel it is extremely important for all of us to keep educating the public on TCM ‘s benefits as well as the credibility of our profession. I have attempted to do so in “Super Bowl Fit”.
Share a recent success story you had with a patient. What acupuncture points, herbs, or other interventions (meditation, yoga, nutrition, etc) did you use to help them achieve results?
Treating Long Haul Covid has been one of my recent passion, as most practitioners. While Western Medicine doesn’t have a full grasp of Long Covid, using pattern differentiation and addressing the root cause is extremely successful in giving Long Covid patients hope and their quality of life back. I tend to practice Miriam Lee style with these patients, and the one formula that I find works best for most Long Covid patients is Astra Isatis by Health Concerns.
How do you feel being a former engineer has benefitted your acupuncture practice/career?
The trust and credibility I have with my former colleagues certainly helped my practice establish and grow. I went to acupuncture school full-time while I continued to work as an engineer part-time, therefore for 4 years, they witnessed my determination and the hard work I put in towards earning my license to practice . My experience as an engineer continues to play a big role in reaching a diagnosis using strong problem solving and trouble shooting skills. Additionally meridians are essentially electromagnetic fields within our bodies so restoring balance and removing stagnant energy seem very logical based on my former training.
What makes you feel inspired about acupuncture?
As TCM practitioners, we help people regain their health and dramatically improve their quality of life, often when medication and invasive treatments have failed them. I find restoring health and wellbeing extremely rewarding. Providing hope and helping people reconnect with their bodies and teaching them to trust their own healing ability are profoundly fulfilling and inspiring for me.
Looking back, what advice would you have given to the younger version of yourself, who was just getting started in this profession?
I would take more business and practice management courses. Additionally I would hire a book keeper and an accountant earlier to help in setting up my practice.
“Providing hope and helping people reconnect with their bodies and teaching them to trust their own healing ability are profoundly fulfilling and inspiring for me.” – Homa Sikon