Q: What's your story?
A: I am an acupuncturist here in Knoxville and have been here for the last two years. I went to acupuncture school in Santa Barbara, Calif., and practiced in Asheville before I found out there was a need for acupuncturists here. I love it here; I'm really impressed with the openness of the community to accept acupuncture.
Q: What inspired you to practice acupuncture?
A: I had been spending a lot of time in India; over a period of 10 years I spent six months every year in India, and what I found was the humblest people. I did a lot of walking around, and I would meet people on the pathway who were herding goats and things like that, and they would give me the only bit of tea and milk they had left, and I thought, 'What do I have to give back?' Everywhere I went people needed healthcare, and they would ask me for pills, and I thought, 'We can do better than that. Somebody should bring acupuncture to these people,' and I finally decided it wasn't going to be anyone else, it was me.
Q: What are the benefits of acupuncture? What ailments can it treat?
A: Acupuncture made sense to me by going to the root of the problem rather than taking pills to cover the problem. These days I've been treating a lot of people with back pain, knee pain, headaches and fertility issues. Alleviating pain is something that acupuncture is brilliant at, and with fertility it's really, really good at helping people get pregnant.
Q: You recently practiced acupuncture in India for the first time. How was your experience there?
A: The people there had never experienced acupuncture, but they were pretty aware of it and respectful of it. They related it to Ayurveda, which is the traditional medicine they use in India; it's got a 5,000-year written history.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: My biggest dream is to start a rehab hospital that's all alternative medicine to help those recovering from surgery or from accidents.
Another hope for the future would be that the other acupuncturists in town come together to give back to the community in some kind of way together.
Satya practices at Well by Nature on Kingston Pike.