Today’s show is a bit different from the usual dialogue between practitioners. Due to listener demand Michael Max offers up a solo show as a way of commemorating one year of Everyday Acupuncture Podcast.
Listen in for his thoughts on how acupuncture works, why Chinese medicine practitioners look at your tongue, an overview of some of the common Yang Sheng (life nourishing) practices that he has seen be helpful in his clinical practice, and a few things you should consider if you are thinking of taking up the study of acupuncture.
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2:33 How does acupuncture work?
7:30 Why do acupuncturists look at people’s tongues?
10:21 Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?
13:45 How many treatments will I need?
15:10 Pay attention to your own experience.
20:33 It’s more important to know what kind of person has a disease, than to know what kind of disease a person has.
24:00 Do you have to be Chinese to understand acupuncture?
26:26 Yang sheng: life nourishing practices.
30:50 Eat food
34:05 Importance of gut bacteria.
47:23 What it takes to become an acupuncturist.
Trained 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 that do not require a pharmaceutical medication, but instead can be gently and naturally coaxed from our body’s own innate ability to balance and heal.
Links and Resources:
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Learn some of the not so hidden secrets of Chinese Medicine with the Jewish Mother’s Guide to Chinese Medicine.