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Everyday Acupuncture Podcast
4 minutes | 2 years ago
Farewell Episode • EAP086
This is the last episode of Everyday Acupuncture Podcast. If you are long time listener, thanks for coming along on this ride. Those of you that are practitioners, I am continuing to podcast about East Asian medicine and acupuncture over on www.qiologic.com If you are here looking for information about how acupuncture and East Asian medicine might be helpful for you. You are in luck. There are 85 episodes that will help you to better understand the various ways this medicine can be of service.
30 minutes | 3 years ago
Discussions From Clinic • Solo Show, Michael Max • EAP085
I never know what will come up in a clinic session. That’s the fun part of the job; not knowing. Not knowing and being attentive to what arises. It’s a cross between meditation and motorcycle repair. This episode is one of those rare solo shows. It’s fueled by some discussions that commonly occur in my clinic. In this short discussion I’ll cover: Do I need to be sick to get acupuncture? Hydration and fluid metabolism How does acupuncture work? Who is an acupuncturist?
43 minutes | 3 years ago
Simple Not Easy_ The Practice of Qi Gong and Tai Chi • Marshall Garland • EAP084
Qi gong can look deceptively simple. From the outside it looks like stillness in motion, but what is unfolding on the inside is another matter entirely. Here in the West we are used to aggressive, outward motion while being distracted with TV shows, music or magazines at the gym. But the Chinese internal arts, while from the outside does not look like much, inside there is an attentive focus that for many of us is the hardest workout of all. Listen in for a conversation on the simple, but not easy practice of tai chi and qi gong and the health benefits that can arise from slow steady attentive focus.
37 minutes | 3 years ago
Chinese Kitchen Table Medicine- the healing power of guasha • Liz March • EAP083
Pretty much every auntie and grandma in China is well versed in how to use a soup spoon to raise the therapeutic rash of guasha. Guasha is a part of Chinese folk medicine, and like so many folk medicines, it is simple, safe and effective. Guasha can be used for a wide variety of aliments from the common cold, to neck and back pain, to headaches, sinus congestion, joint pain, discomfort from chronic injuries and it even helps to tone the face and reduce wrinkles. Listen in and learn how raising a bit of a therapeutic rash can help the body to generate a powerful healing response.
71 minutes | 3 years ago
Martial Arts, Personality, and The Five Spirits • Jonathan Bluestein • EAP082
Chinese medicine, philosophy and martial arts all share a common root. The applications might be different, but they come back a grounding in Yin/Yang and Five Phases. In this episode we speak with a martial artist and teacher who helps us to bridge some of the fundamental perspectives with yin and yang, the ba gua and five phases with modern Jungian psychology. Listen in and find out why it is important for anyone studying the martial arts to know something about empathy.
43 minutes | 3 years ago
Acupuncture in Morocco • Chad Conner • EAP081
Living in a foreign country brings challenges and opportunities. In this episode we discuss life and culture in Morocco, how acupuncture came to be accepted there, and how what began as a wellness center turned into a school of acupuncture.
50 minutes | 3 years ago
A Taste of Taiwan: An Afternoon in a Tea Shop • Pia Giammasi • EAP080
Taiwan is famous for it's high tech computer technology, bicycles, fragrant tofu, rivers of scooters, delicious street food, and of course, tea. Today's episode is a bit of a soundscape as we spend a portion of the afternoon drinking and discussing tea. Unlike your Western coffeeshop where you pop in for a beverage to go, or you grab a drink and sit with a couple of friends or work on your computer, a Taiwanese teashop has time unfolding at a completely different pace. And it is about dipping not only into something delicious in a cup, it's about connecting with your community and making new friends. Listen as my friend Pia and I imbibe tea and tea culture in a way that you only find in Taiwan.
51 minutes | 3 years ago
Buff Bones_ movement practices that promote healthy lively bones • Rebekah Rotstein • EAP079
A low reading on a bone density scan does not equal a Fosamax deficiency. Healthy bones aren’t hard, they are rigid living tissue, but they also have a certain amount of flexibility. They designed to bend and absorb shock and stress, and in fact one of the ways that bones become stronger is by challenging and surprising them. We have all heard that exercise and movement is good for the bones. But specifically what kinds of exercise, and which movements are helpful? Our guest in this episode took on the challenge of finding out how to live and move your way into healthy bones after a diagnosis of osteoporosis before the age of 30. There are many ways to naturally use movement to strengthen the bones. And there are a lot of movements that you might not even consider as being beneficial, as they seem so simple. But the bones like to be surprised! And they like it when we give them a varied diet of motion and challenge. Listen in and learn how not only to improve the health of your bones, but inhabit a more capable and resilient body.
41 minutes | 3 years ago
Acupuncture in Rural Nepal • Andrew Schlabach • EAP078
Here in the west we are used to seeing acupuncture clinics in an urban setting, and it is often sought as an adjunctive therapy used combination with other modalities. In today's show we explore the use of acupuncture in the rural third world setting of Nepal and see how it is an essential and effective part of an integrated clinic that provides low cost care for those living remote areas.
57 minutes | 3 years ago
Reckoning The Unknown: A Conversation on Cancer • Josephine Spilka • EAP077
Cancer is a curious disease. It’s something we fight as an invader, but at its root it is a part of us. A part of us that is apart from us. We are in essence fighting against ourselves. In this conversation we meander through some perspectives that come from Chinese medicine. Along the way we discuss healing and curing; they are not the same thing. And we step back look to see what other stories are here beside the usual, “this thing must die.” Listen in to this conversation as we seek to get to the essence of life threatening illness.
48 minutes | 3 years ago
Acupuncture and transgender health concerns • Jamee Pineda • EAP076
Most of us think of gender as something that is rigid and fixed. But in the transgender world the boundaries are more fluidic. In this episode we explore not just the particular health concerns, issues with access to the healthcare system, and challenges arising from discrimination and misunderstanding of the transgender community, but also take a look at how gender can be much more fluid and flexible than many of us imagine it to be. If you are part of the transgender community you'll find some helpful information here about how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be helpful. And if you are a practitioner, you'll learn something about how to make your clinic a safe and inviting place for your transgender patients.
35 minutes | 3 years ago
Treating PCOS with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is not just an issue with a woman's ovaries, but can be a systemic condition that is closely tied with a variety of hormonal interactions in the body. The standard conventional treatment involves the use of synthetic hormone birth control pills, which can suppress some of the symptoms, but it does not get at the underlying root of this condition. Chinese medicine, with its long history of natural solutions to women's health issues can be quite effective in treating PCOS. Listen in as our guest in this episode both details her personal journey with discovering how Chinese medicine helped her to solve her own problems and how she has gone on to help women who suffer with PCOS using the natural and effective methods of acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and lifestyle changes. If you or someone you care about struggles with PCOS, this podcast discussion will be well worth your time. Check out the show notes page for links and resources discussed in the show.
47 minutes | 3 years ago
What It Takes to Become an Acupuncturist • Steve Given • EAP074
As with any profession, the educational requirements have shifted over the years. Today acupuncturists need to not only know East Asian medicine, but a fair amount of Western medicine as well. In this episode we go into the education required to become a Licensed Acupuncturist, the challenges students face while in school and what you can expect if you decide to go through the training and become a practitioner of East Asian medicine.
6 minutes | 3 years ago
Introducing Qiological- the podcast for Chinese medicine practitioners • EAP073
This episode is a short introduction to a new podcast site that I've recently launched that is specifically geared towards the needs and interests of Chinese medicine practitioners. When I first began Everyday Acupuncture Podcast I envisioned this to be a show that would introduce everyday people to the concepts, methods and possibilities that Chinese medicine offers for naturally healing a wide variety of health concerns. I purposefully avoided technical language and professional jargon. It's been gratifying to see that people from all over the world tune into the show. And it has been a big surprise to hear from so many practitioners of Chinese medicine and how much they gotten from show. So, for you practitioners of the art I've something new that I think you will enjoy. Qiological.com is a newly launched podcast show that is for you. Like Everyday Acupuncture I seek to bring you articulate seasoned practitioners who share their methods, perspectives and practices. This show goes deep into acupuncture, herbal medicine, cultivation and the practice of practice. If you have enjoyed Everyday Acupuncture, you are going to love qiological.com.
38 minutes | 4 years ago
Using acupuncture to treat shock and trauma in conflict zones • Havva Mahler • EAP72
Acupuncture is often used with good effect to treat psycho-emotive issues such as chronic anxiety and depression. And it is also helpful in the treatment of various psycho-emotive challenges that arise when someone is faced with their world being turned upside down by natural disaster. There is a particular method of treatment that helps people to regain some equanimity in the face of disastrous circumstances. In this episode we speak with an acupuncturist in Israel who is using these methods to treat people who live in a conflict zone, and undergo the experience of being showered with bombs at a moment’s notice and the aftermath of that kind of trauma. Listen in as we discuss how acupuncture can quickly re-regulate the nervous system and how these treatments can be effective in bringing about a sense of balance and resiliency in those who have undergone these kinds of life threatening experiences.
22 minutes | 4 years ago
You Can't Think Your Way Out of Thinking • Michael Max • EAP071
You can’t think you way out of thinking. And constant ruminative thought is often at the root of a variety of issues from anxiety and depression, to issues with anger, body image, and the limits we place on ourselves. Our physiology is not disconnected from our emotional lives or endocrinological systems, and so our states of mind are reflected in our bodies. Lots of people think they can't meditate because their mind will not settle down and be quiet. But meditation is not about having a quiet mind. Meditation is about quietly being with your mind. It's about seeing your how your thoughts and emotions are entangled together and generate reactivity. And how to find some spacious in all that so you can have your emotions and reactions without being driven by them. Also in this episode we explore some common misconceptions about mediation and provide some resources for getting started with a meditative practice.
58 minutes | 4 years ago
Reflections on a year of treating PTSD • Anna Kelly • EAP070
Our guest when we recorded this show, had just completed a year working in the Wounded Warriors program at Walter Reed hospital. There she used acupuncture to treat veterans for PTSD, trauma brain injury and other chronic conditions that soldiers face after being injured in the line of duty. As with so many complex and difficult conditions, there is no simple cure for PTSD, as trauma of this sort entangles its way into so many aspects of a person’s life. While we do discuss the role of acupuncture in aiding with the recovery from PTSD, this conversation touches on a range of therapies and modalities that not only help those suffering from this stifling condition, but also are helpful for a wide range of chronic issues that get stuck in our physical and psycho-emotive systems. Listen in as we explore how transformation is an integral part of healing a shattered life.
68 minutes | 4 years ago
Men's health and Chinese medicine- Treating prostate enlargement and cancer• Jason Miller • EAP069
Most men will have some issues with their prostate as they age. And the vast majority of men will die with some form of prostate cancer, but most will not die from it as most prostate cancers are slow. Figuring out which kind a person has and how to treat it is one of the emerging questions in men's health. Especially as the negative sides effects of treatment can have a big impact on quality of life. Increasingly there is a question as to whether or not the slow forms of prostate cancer are a cancer, as the the tissues abnormalities respond quite well to diet, exercise, botanical medicine and other life style habits. Chinese medicine along with the above mentioned can be quite helpful for the issues that arise from prostate enlargement and tissue changes. Listen in and learn how natural medicine and lifestyle can help men as they face this change that accompanies aging. And why testosterone supplementation does not always result in higher levels of this hormone and how higher levels of testosterone are essential to good prostate health.
41 minutes | 4 years ago
Using acupuncture to enhance sports performance • Amy Geile • EAP068
Acupuncture is a go-to treatment for musculo-skeletal pain and a commonly used modality for treating sports injuries. NFL stars, Olympic swimmers, basketball players and other top athletes increasingly turn to acupuncture to help with recovery from injury as evidenced by the occasional headline or picture that gives acupuncture another 15 minutes of fame because some sports hero has needles in them. Our guest in this episode takes a different view of acupuncture. She is investigating how it can be used for performance enhancement. Listen in as we discuss the discuss the results of her first study into using various acupuncture modalities focused not on recovery from injury, but rather as a way to improve sports performance.
63 minutes | 4 years ago
Live Long, Live Well_ The Chinese Traditions of Nourishing Life • Peter Deadman • EAP067
Chinese medicine does not just have a 2500 year history of written and practical application of treating illness and disease. It also has an equally long tradition of cultivating health and well-being. Here in the West we say "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," so like the Chinese, we have this notion that a little attention to our well-being on a regular basis can help us to sidestep major health issues. The Chinese have long observed nature and used that to inform how to live in this world as a part of nature. It's more about cultivating than efforting. More about attentiveness, than checking a daily to-do list. It's as much about quieting the mind as moving the body. And in many ways, more about how we are than what we do. Our guest in this episode has a long history of exploring, practicing and teaching the "nourishing of life." Listen in and discover how vitality, livelihood, physical and emotional well-being, a quiet spirit and supple body are all aspects of of a live well lived.
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