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Episode Info: East Asian Medicine (AKA Chinese Medicine): Acupuncture is growing in popularity in Western society—many insurance plans are even covering the treatments. While acupuncture is becoming more and more a part of our common vocabulary around health and wellness, I wondered how many people actually knew just what it was? It's just one facet of Traditional East Asian Medicine which combines needles, bodywork, nutrition, and herbs to treat an individual as a whole. Taking it one step further, East Asian Medicine is a lifestyle and practice. The study of Chinese Medicine is rigorous and vast. Therefore, many practitioners go on to specialize in one area or another, but it is most beneficial ( as far as I'm concerned) to have a full treatment and learn from your practitioner the different ways you can practice this 3,000 year old tradition outside of the office in a well-rounded way. I am an amazing acupuncture salesperson. Because I hate it. And I go. Twice a month, almost without fail, you will find me chock full of needless and totally uncomfortable. The thing is... it works. (For me. You know how I believe each individual is different and what works for me might not work for you, but it really works for me.) I don't know why, and it doesn't matter. The fact is that I walk away from a treatment consisting of needles, cupping, and massage feeling a whole lot better than when I walked in. Tell me your experience below :) Michael Niss Michael Niss is a California Board Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist practicing in Los Angeles. He is director at Universal Family Wellness Clinic with his wife Brooke Niss. On the recommendation of a friend, The Universal Family Wellness Clinic was the first place I went four years ago, toting my invasion of rashes and begging for a solution. After a little investigation in the midst of multiple clients coming in and out of the clinic, Michael was kind enough to treat me with herbs and suggest I email him if the rashes didn't get better within two days. They didn't get better, and he was prompt in his suggestion to see a doctor. Something I love about Michael Niss and practitioners like him is the humble ability to say, "I don't know, but here's who you should see," or "I don't know, let me look into it further." Something else I am so grateful for is Michael and Brooke's dedication to keeping their services affordable for those in need. The Universal Family Wellness Clinic is a true gemRead more »

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