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#AcuPoints: The Breakdown for the Average Jo/anne


In my acupuncture clinic and my life, I often struggle with explaining the how and why of Chinese Medicine, and I see the same problem all around me. The language is part of the problem; as practitioners we learn esoteric terms like qi, yin, yang, and wind in school which are more than just another language; they involve another way of thinking.

This may not pose a problem for the open-minded west-coast crowd with a background in chakra clearing and shamanic journeys, but others see acupuncture as pseudoscience and want to see the evidence.

To compound the problem, while some of us are trained in the sciences, many don't speak that language either; we don't all have 8 years of postsecondary under our belts and a minor obsession with researching nutrition, pain management and wellness. We want it broken down for us in an everyday Average Jo/anne kind of way.

Therefore, whether you're an AcuBeliever, an AcuSkeptic, or an AcuAverageJo/anne who just wants to know what to eat, and how to live with health and happiness...... I'm going to speak your language.

As of today I am embarking on a blogosphere journey of translation--one #AcuPoint at a time. I'll pick a food, a supplement, an herb, an acupoint, an element, a season, a flavour, etc. and will break it down:

Chinese Medicine to Western Medicine to Average Joe Medicine. I'll also suggest who might benefit from the use of said food/supplement/herb, and who might want to steer away from it.

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Send me requests if you'd like anything specific covered!

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