Something that concerns all of us is that professional publications in our field are becoming more and more removed from acupuncture. They look like tabloids that misrepresent and disrespect western medicine. Western medicine is not our business. And as acupuncture training becomes increasingly a fusion of western medicine and modern acupuncture; where students are taught
Standing at the head of the treatment table in my office at the end of a beautiful and rewarding long day, suddenly the sun lit up the stainless steel cladding on the Empire State Building just a few blocks away. It was a dazzling sight. The mother of all needles that crowns the city’s main
November 2th 2022 It’s marathon season New York and the big race is on Sunday. People flock here from all over the world and spend days training on the Central Park and West Side Highway jogging paths, which are now teeming with determined faces. People derive much satisfaction from this race and a great sense
October 11th, 2022 Today I graduated a patient. She had come for her first treatment in January, presenting with severe, debilitating migraines often lasting for days and for which she took strong, daily medication. She was in a state of perpetual worry, fearful of the future, obsessively overworking, constantly thinking, carrying severe childhood trauma, and
One Single Treatment Treats All HumanityThe Resonant Healing Effect of Acupuncture A treatment of the channels on each single person affects all of humanity, just as throwing a pebble in a pond affects all its waters. As every week goes by, this becomes increasingly clear. A few days ago I gave a class in Albuquerque,
October 20, 2020 My job just became even more interesting. I’ve spent years teaching the very intricate art of classical acupuncture to thousands of people, with accomplished students all over the world. I’ve been mostly interested in the Complement Channels—the channels that are responsible for the unfolding of one’s path and also for the management
August 8, 2020 Even in the winter my children love to get out of their nice warm beds and walk around with no socks or slippers. About half an hour later, they complain, “Mum, my feet are freezing!” Then they hear the familiar refrain, “Were they warm in bed? Well, if you’d put socks and
July 20, 2020 All through the Covid-19 period, patients have recounted conversations and stories of mysterious aspects of the virus. Today a patient told of the previous evening spent with a friend who works for a giant health insurance company. “It was awful. He told me that people can have antibodies and two weeks later
June 20, 2020 Sorry to have been out of touch. It’s been very difficult to write anything since the murder of George Floyd (and Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, and so many more). Although there is much that warrants our thoughtful attention, everything other than racism in America seems almost frivolous. And there has been
May 16, 2020 A patient emailed with a very interesting plea: “Hi Ann, Is your family okay? Sorry to write a sad sack email but I need your help. Spiraling down. They say this pause is teaching people to feel gratitude, but what I miss more than anything is the feeling of gratitude I had.
Full Article HERE Of the six climatic influences of Chinese medicine (cold, heat, dampness, dryness, summer heat, and wind), the idea of wind is the most difficult to understand. It is the least tangible, the most mysterious, the furthest from modern thinking. Wind is pure movement, not a thing. Go out into a fierce gale
April 28, 2020 Yesterday I received an email from a student:Dear Ann, Would you be able to say a little but more about your motto-phrase “Practice like nothing else matters because everything does”? I want to understand with full depth what you mean and how this came about. I have a feeling it would be
April 20, 2020 Mark—my wonderful right hand—sent a pressing email a week and a half ago: “Please send me your blog for this week so I can send it out today. It’s already Thursday!” I had started the blog but couldn’t send, it because I was surprised at what was coming out. It was bleak.
We’re in what is for many a very confusing time. As Chinese Medical practitioners, we know that viruses (Wind-Cold) are agents of change. They come in and elicit anywhere from minor to utterly devastating change. And we know, since Chinese Medicine is applied Chinese philosophy, that these changes are a part of human evolution, that
Mach 26, 2020 Last week I saw a seemingly healthy, vibrant looking man in his late 30’s presenting with particularly severe arthritis. All his joints were aching, especially hips, shoulders, knees and most of his finger joints. How long have you had this joint pain? Probably five years, maybe six. What was happening in your life