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
One day early in 2015, we stopped to look in the window of a streetside 小儿推拿 (pediatric massage) streetside clinic in our new neighbourhood. The clinic was a typical streetside one: a little 3 room place, massage tables, and a desk at the front. The doctor was lively, very good with his young patients, and demonstrated this incredible traction technique, … Continue reading Lessons on the street
Turns out it wasn't just over in the U.S. that folks made a big deal of Michael Phelps' and other athletes' cupping marks (no, not bruises). Here's a flashy sidewalk sign seen in Chengdu this fall:
Here’s a marvelous post on Western bloodletting, where the quantites sought were PINTS, not drops (i.e., acupuncture bloodletting). Plus great trivia on the etymology of barbers’ pole design!
When King Charles II suffered a sudden seizure on the morning of 2 February 1685, his personal physician had just the remedy. He quickly slashed open a vein in the king’s left arm and filled a basin with the royal blood. Over the next few days, the king was tortured by a swarm of physicians buzzing around his bedside. They gave enemas and urged him to drink various potions, including boiled spirits from a human skull. The monarch was bled a second time before he lapsed into a coma. He never awoke.
Even without his doctors’ ministrations, the king may well have succumbed to whatever ailed him, yet his final days were certainly not made any easier by the relentless bloodletting and purging. By the time of Charles II’s death, however, bloodletting was standard medical practice.
Bloodletting dates back to the Roman physician, Galen, who lived in the 2nd century…
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Living in China as a Chinese medicine practitioner trained elsewhere gives me a special outlook. In my daily life, I find that I’m often looking out for glimpses of traditional medicine. And these glimpses tell a funny story! Modern China has become incredibly modernized, at an incredible pace. In a few short years, the majority of … Continue reading Traces of Chinese Medicine in Modern China
One rainy day last week, we hopped a surprisingly quick bus to go to a nearby town to the West called Anren 安仁. The town -- a sleepy Tang-era village filled with Qing-era mansions has become famous for its museum complex, as established by a rich real-estate magnate. After spending some time arguing at the … Continue reading A trip to Anren 安仁
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
One day a few weeks ago, my Google news alert sent me this: Advanced Acupuncture Helps Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain. Well, gee, heck yeah! Of course, acupuncture can help with chronic pelvic pain -- and irregular menstrual cycles -- and premenstrual discomfort -- and lots of other complaints! But, hey, what is this "advanced acupuncture" technique? … Continue reading “Advanced” Acupuncture? !#!?