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?

In This Show We’ll Discuss:

  • Do I need a problem to get acupuncture?
  • Acupuncture is not only curative, but preventative as well
  • Hydration, how much is enough?
  • Signs of too much fluid in the system
  • Different people have different abilities to metabolize water
  • Drink when you feel thirsty
  • How does acupuncture work?
  • Qi is untranslatable into English
  • It’s good to be skeptical about acupuncture
  • Who’s an acupuncturist?
  • Re-languaging acupuncture

Michael Max, acupuncturist and podcast host

I didn’t set out to create a podcast show, in much the same way I didn’t set out to learn acupuncture. Those were not decisions that came from a flash of inspiration or childhood longing, but more like how something at the periphery of your vision catches your attention. More like a hunch or decisive whisper.

Those hunches have lead me through learning acupuncture, acquiring enough Chinese to allow me to engage texts in their original language and share some of that with our community of practitioners. But most importantly have allowed me to be of service to patients who are not sure how they got to where they are, or where to go from there.

I guess you could say those hunches have helped me to find a set of maps that helps me to navigate in clinic and to trust the compass when there is no map. While I crave the certainty of answers, I’m more enlivened by the catalytic nature of questions—that’s what fuels this podcast.

Resources and Links:

Our gift.
Five common misconceptions about meditation.
The Jewish Mother’s Guide to Chinese Medicine.

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