following the pathThe tables get turned on Everyday Acupuncture’s host Michael Max, as he finds himself on the other side of microphone with Margot Rossi.

Margot was Michael’s first acupuncturist, and over the years their relationship has evolved into one of deep friendship and respected colleagues.

Margot has a gift for asking pertinent, thoughtful questions that require a person to dig deep into the heart of his or her experience. She’s been like that ever since the first day that Michael sat down in her acupuncture clinic, and no doubt long before then as well.

Listen in on this conversation between old friends as they share their love and appreciation for this ancient medicine that is as fresh as the day they began their studies, and as seasoned as the decades they’ve spent as students of this living art.


Show Highlights:
6:23 Unpacking regret at age 50.
9:38 The intersection of skepticism and an open mind.
15:18 Starting with not knowing.
16:16 The stance of a scientist.
19:31 Why it is easier to practice Chinese medicine in Chinese.
28:05 Differences between how medicine is practice in Asia and the West.
30:03 It’s medicine, not magic.
35:59 The various “currents” of Chinese medicine.
40:58 The importance of the state of mind of the acupuncturist as they are working.



Margot RossiOver twenty years of clinical experience in traditional medicine and raising a family have proven to Margot that healthy lifestyle choices and basic skills in natural therapies enable each of us to be our own best physician. Through her private practice in Eastern medicine at the Celo Health Center in Burnsville, North Carolina, Margot offers patients empowering health information as well as her diverse skills in lifestyle and functional medicine.

Board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine since 1994, Margot began her study of Chinese medicine in Seattle, Washington. Then interned in botanical medicine at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in gynecology, dermatology, and gastroenterology.

For more information on Margot and her organization for championing community wellbeing through health education and integrative medicine, please go to her websites and Possibilities of


Michael-Max-acupuncturist-st-louis1-259x3001Trained both in the USA and Asia, Michael Max practices acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at Yong Kang Clinic in St. Louis, MO. He is a translator of non-mainstream materials on Chinese medicine, and writes extensively on health and wellbeing on his website and in his clinic’s monthly newsletter.

While many in the West have heard about acupuncture and associate it with being an effective treatment for pain relief. In fact, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can successfully treat a wide variety of ailments from allergies to migraines, anxiety to reflux, stress, depression ,fertility and women’s health and much more. He started the Everyday Acupuncture Podcast show as a way help us Westerners understand there are accessible and effective solutions to health challenges in life that do not require a pharmaceutical medication, but instead gently and naturally be coaxed from our body’s own innate ability to balance and heal.

Michael’s Website:

Yong Kang Chinese Medicine Clinic
103 N. Taylor, Suite B
St. Louis, MO  63122

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

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