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Mid-Membership Drive Special Edition

Sharon is the fiance of a long-time friend of mine, Bill. During their visit to New Hampshire a few months ago, Sharon mentioned in passing her experience with Flor Espinosa, a village acupuncturist in rural Nicaragua. It was like she dropped a precious gift on my messy dining table.

Dr. Zeng: fastest slinger in the East


I was going to add this into the comments of my last post about guanxi, but then thought it might be fun to make it a complete post on its own. When it's a busy hectic day and I'm seeing 20+ patients in my 4 hour shift,

Guanxi and the amazing value of social capital


Chinese culture has a term that is often described as untranslatable in English, and yet is a crucial part of that culture.  In fact, if you live in China (or Taiwan, as I did) and you don't understand the concept of 'Guan Xi' (pron. gwan shee), life can

First Community Acupuncture Workshop in Israel

Last month we celebrated the first ever community acupuncture workshop, here in Jerusalem, Israel. I’ve been planning on doing such a thing for a very long time, but it wasn’t until Ilan Migdali of Acu-lounge expressed to me his will to contribute to community acupuncture in Israel,

A Community acu-punk meets a traditional Taiwanese Acupuncture Doctor

Reporting from Taiwan: Yesterday, I was introduced to an acupuncture doctor in the small city of Hukou. My wife’s sister, a Buddhist nun, knew about the doctor and thought that I would enjoy meeting him. Dr. Chen is regarded as a Master and laoshi (teacher). My wife,

Ginger in New England

     I’m sitting in my kitchen looking out the window at the three little raised garden beds in my backyard. The beds are empty, the trees are bare, and the row cover I had put out to try to extend the life of my green

Community Acupuncture at the ICCM

ICCM = International Congress of Chinese Medicine, held in Israel between February 27 to March 3, 2011.


Last week started with me fracturing my foot, in an attempt to find my way between the

It's Real

Hi all,


I haven’t written here in a while, partly because of some Internet fatigue, as Lisa described (now that’s a syndrome!) and partly because of writing in

GUEST BLOG: "Chinese Acupuncture IS Community Acupuncture" by Carrie Sawtell

I’ve been living in Shanghai for 3 ½ years now and I’ve interned in two of Shanghai’s main hospitals: Shuguang Hospital and Yueyang Hospital. I’ve been asked to share some thoughts on the similarities between TCM as it is currently practiced in

Guest Post - Community Acupuncture in Europe

On the heels of Justine's post on ACMAC, I would like to share a piece written by one of my students at AIMC- Berkeley at the end of our Community Acupuncture Practice Development class. Thanks, Aracely for allowing me to post this!


Hello Community Acupuncture

Guest Blog: Excerpt from "Touring China..." by Alisa Wrinkle, L.Ac.

A few days ago, I received The Mayway Mailer, Winter 2010 issue, and read the featured article "Touring China: A Visit to Anguo and Mayway's Manufacturing Partners" by Alisa Wrinkle, L.Ac. I found the article very interesting and informative and received Alisa's permission to post an excerpt from it.

Community Acupuncture in the UK - Complements of Charlie Stone

In early December I had the pleasure of meeting and treating Charlotte (Charlie) Stone, president of ACMAC (Association of Community and Multibed Acupuncture Clinics) in the UK, and founder of Lewes Community Acupuncture.  It was such a joy to discuss our experiences with community acupuncture, and it was truly


I haven’t blogged here in a while. Interestingly, though, I’ve noticed that the less I write – more stuff seems to be actually happening…! I hope you'll excuse me for taking be a break from the FPD discussion; I

Who Wants to Start CAN Central America?

This Fall marks the 10th anniversary of the first time I got an acupuncture treatment.    

I was volunteering in Managua, Nicaragua and I was experiencing bouts of vertigo.  None of the doctors could figure out what was wrong with me

So what's new?

I’ve been blogging weekly for the past 3 months now on my new Hebrew blog on community acupuncture. Many Israeli practitioners are reading it, as I can tell not only by statistics but also by the many comments submitted (average

Look, it's ACMAC! CAN's sister across the pond!


ACMAC is the organization formerly known as "Affordable Acupuncture UK". And wow, they have grown! Check out their Locate A Clinic page!( For your transatlantic referral needs!) This is really, really, exciting. It was not very long ago that Charlotte Stone of

What was that?

I think last evening I had the first indefinable experience since beginning community acupuncture. I’m afraid to analyze it too much, for it feels so illusive. But I want to share it here, because, well - where else would I...? A strange kind of magic was going on….

Jerusalem Update

Ilan Migdali was here in Israel, giving seminars on Tan’s Balance Method. I was happy to attend the basic seminar in Jerusalem for the second time, as well as the 5 Elements seminar held in Tel-Aviv. You

Spreading the word and tearing down walls


Well it seems like my article from 2 months ago really started to move the qi around here… Yesterday I counted 17 emails from Israeli acupuncturists from all over the country who contacted me asking for more information on

Stirring it Up


Well folks, I finally "came out of the closet" so to speak. Last month I was asked to write an article in one of the most important websites for practitioners of Chinese medicine in Israel about my

Community Healthcare in "Little Tibet"

Dear CAN friends,

I have been in Dharamsala, aka "Little Tibet", in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains of Northern India for the past 6 days. 

Getting here is quite a process - two 8 hour flights from Seattle and all that entails, a 12 hour train ride

Update on Launching Community Acupuncture in Jerusalem, Israel (blog version...)

So it’s been 3 months since I’ve started practicing CA at the community center in my neighborhood. As a member of this wonderful international movement, I’d like to give an update on things. But first, a little background:

This Community Thing.

Austria has no separate acupuncture profession, as the only people legally allowed to poke people are MDs. Period. I know nothing about their training, but one lady I treated (in Millstatt, south Austria, deep in the country) said that years ago she had been acupunctured by a doc who