Acupuncture at the Mae Tao Clinic

I fled winter in China for northern Thailand, where I was volunteering at the Mae Tao Clinic. MTC was started in 1989, BY refugees from Burma, FOR refugees from Burma's civil war, and it's still going strong. Its beginnings were simple, as concerned people -- Dr. Cynthia Maung and others -- just tried to find solutions for an … Continue reading Acupuncture at the Mae Tao Clinic

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Learning to look at research

Another study on the use of acupuncture was recently in the news. My source story came from Reuters, titled "Acupuncture Needling Doesn't Ease Menopausal Hot Flashes", which not so surprisingly is following previous studies showing benefits. The study used a nice large-ish sample size: 327 Australian women, and offered them 10 treatments over 8 weeks … Continue reading Learning to look at research

We need our own residency programs

Gettin' there.... Acupuncture especially and our other traditional medical treatments are being used more frequently in modern America. We seem to be very slowly getting integrated into the conventional medical usage (emphasis on the slo-o-o-owly, somewhat like easing one's body into a cold ocean dip). But still, we're treated a bit like the proverbial redheaded step-child. Recently, … Continue reading We need our own residency programs