Kuan Yin, Transgender Awareness and GoodMedizen Acupuncture

Updated: Jan 16

Kuan Yin is an East Asian deity revered for mercy and compassion. With widespread recognition across East Asia as well as the West, Kuan Yin serves as a significant symbol of healing and well-being. What is interesting to recognize is that the story and symbolism of Kuan Yin embodies both masculine and feminine. Originally known as male and often depicted with bare chest and occasionally a mustache, Kuan Yin is most widely depicted as feminine in modern culture.


November is Transgender Awareness Month. At GoodMedizen Acupuncture we embrace and support gender as diverse and sometimes fluid. The story of Kuan Yin represents the significance of pausing to acknowledge the unique interplay of yin and yang within each of us. Whether identified as trans women, trans men, genderqueer, gender nonconforming, non-binary individuals, Two-Spirit, man, woman or androgynous… your health and well-being is important to us. If you live in the Seattle area and would like to learn how acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine may be a part of your path toward better health and healing schedule a complimentary consultation.

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