Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
(Thank you once again to Nora from Detroit Community Acupuncture for this link.)
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
"Acupuncture is Like Noodles: the Little Red (cook) Book of Working Class Acupuncture", by Lisa Rohleder and the staff of Working Class Acupuncture in Portland, is meant to be read by patients and other non-acupuncturists interested in the community acupuncture model, and "the calmest revolution ever staged".
' Noodles' does a great job simply and clearly explaining what acupuncture is (and isn't), why thousands of people are getting treated every week at community acupuncture clinics around the country, and what this might mean for health care in general.
Rohleder and others, including us, founded and run The Community Acupuncture Network, or CAN. CAN's intention, and that of the book, is to expand the scope of interest and activism in all matters of affordable acupuncture to include all who have interest in the revolution - in order for current and additional clinics to develop and thrive.
We support the idea of multiple community acupuncture clinics in Philadelphia and in every city. We don't support acupuncturists or other health care providers using the buzz and language of community acupuncture to attract clients to their essentially boutique style clinics.
We invite you to pick up a copy of 'Noodles' at PCA', and join a powerful wave of everyday
people advocating for affordable acupuncture and keeping the revolution moving forward.
$1 from each sale of 'Noodles' will be donated to CAN - and used as part of upcoming
initiatives to help secure the growth of future budding community acupuncture clinics. And, about $10 goes straight to Philadelphia Community Acupuncture
If you'd like to see the book, you can look at this link, but be sure to buy one from us next time you come in for a treatment.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
This is written by an acupunk commrade in Detroit, the inimitable Nora Madden of Detroit Community Acupuncture.
Last week, when my partner and I were driving home from work, we saw a small shape waddling across the road up ahead. “Is it a chicken, crossing the road?” I asked, with incredulous delight; but as we got closer and saw the shape take flight, we realized that it was in fact a pheasant! - the first one we’d seen this season. When we got to our house, we also noticed for the first time that crocuses were pushing up out of the soil in the front yard.
What does all this have to do with acupuncture? Chinese Medicine (like all traditional medicines, to my knowledge) is based in observation of the natural environment, the seasons and their “elements.” The element associated with Spring is Wood–that is to say, the energy of plant life. The emotion associated with the Wood element is anger and all of its permutations; but another way of thinking about the energy of Wood and Spring is as assertiveness. It is the energy required for the seed to sprout, and for the sprout to pierce the soil and reach towards the sun. It is the assertiveness required for the salmon to return upstream, the pluckiness that it takes for that pheasant (or chicken) to cross the road, or to push off and take flight.
Sometimes this healthy feeling of assertiveness is thwarted and turns into frustration, or “stuckness.” (The feeling of your knickers being in a knot is a definite sign of the Wood element being out of whack.) This “stuckness” can manifest emotionally (as anger, irritability, inability to make decisions, etc.) or physical (e.g. an upset stomach, tense shoulders or jaws, or even a stronger sensation of pain). Conversely, pain tends to be emotionally and physically frustrating, so even the most sunny and even-tempered among us can get cranky after awhile of being in pain. Blockage leads to more blockage, as when leaves and other flotsam pile up around the rocks in a stream.
Spring can also engender a feeling of frustration or impatience, the way that warm and sunny days get our hopes up, only to be interrupted by more cold and grayness. But I love Spring because it is *exactly* addressing these kinds of blockage and restoring a healthy, directed “flow” that acupuncture is particularly good for. Deep breathing and movement also help, especially a nice walk outside, getting a lungful of the sprout-and-mud-scented air.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Reading an Anthology of Chinese Poems of the Song Dynasty I Pause to Admire the Length and Clarity of their TitlesIt seems these poets have nothing
up their ample sleeves
they turn over so many cards so early,
telling us before the first line
whether it is wet or dry,
night or day, the season the man is standing in,
even how much he has had to drink.
Maybe it is autumn and he is looking at a sparrow.
Maybe it is snowing on a town with a beautiful name.
“Viewing Peonies at the Temple of Good Fortune
on a Cloudy Afternoon” is one of Sun Tung Po’s.
“Dipping Water from the River and Simmering Tea”
is another one, or just
“On a Boat, Awake at Night.”
And Lu Yu takes the simple rice cake with
“in a Boat on a Summer Evening
I heard the Cry of a Waterbird.
It Was Very Sad and Seemed To Be Saying
My Woman is Cruel—Moved, I Wrote This Poem.”
There is no iron turnstile to push against here
as with headings like “Vortex on a String,”
“The Horn of Neurosis,” or whatever.
No confusingly inscribed welcome mat to puzzle over.
Instead, “I Walk Out on a Summer Morning
to the Sound of Birds and a Waterfall”
is a beaded curtain brushing over my shoulders.
And “Ten Days of Spring Rain Have Kept Me Indoors”
is a servant who shows me into the room
where a poet with a thin beard
is sitting on a mat witha jug of wine
whispering something about clouds and cold wind,
about sickness and the loss of friends.
How easy he has made it for me to enter here,
to sit down in a corner,
cross my legs like him, and listen.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
"Playful Poking", about laughter medicine.
"The Genius in the Corner of the Room", about how it's not some mystical, "genius" thing the acupuncturist is doing, it's just collective knowledge and love.
"Getting Acupuncture", about WHO acupuncture is for.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Here's an article by community acupuncturist, Alex Rossan, of Grassroots Acupuncture Project in Santa Cruz, Ca. about the uses of acupuncture during pregnancy.
Are you pregnant?
As you may or may not know, acupuncture can be a super effective treatment for many of the “aches and pains” associated with pregnancy, as well as very safely and successfully treat other pregnancy related conditions that pop up as your body plays host to the growing baby inside and experiences profound changes. Sometimes these physical and emotional changes are uncomfortable, and the tools that used to be in your toolbox of self-care (certain types of exercise, over the counter medicines, and even some prescription drugs) are now unavailable as options. This is where acupuncture and even carefully prescribed herbs can help women to experience a joyful and pleasant pregnancy. Chinese Medicine can serve as a viable, safe, and effective pre-natal healthcare adjunct to the care you are already receiving from your OB or Midwife.
So, there is the frequently asked question of “when do I come in and for what?” Here is a brief laundry list of all the things acupuncture can help pregnant women with: Nausea and vomiting, heartburn, constipation (or other digestive complaints) varicose veins, edema, urinary tract infections, musculoskeletal issues (sciatica, carpal tunnel), fatigue, anemia, insomnia, anxiety, depression, sinusitis, colds and flu, pregnancy induced hypertension, and breech presentation.
Some of these, depending of course on the severity of the symptom, can be easily remedied by acupuncture and sometimes herbal medicine. In case of pregnancy induced hypertension and breech presentation, acupuncture is most effective when treatment is started shortly after the diagnosis has been made. For example, breech babies are usually diagnosed between weeks 32 and 34, and are more likely to turn before week 34. In cases of pregnancy induced hypertension, acupuncture can be most successful when treatment is started early – the optimal time to treat is when blood pressure reading begins to be of concern.
Acupuncture can also be used as a routine pre-birth treatment starting at week 37 or 38. Chinese medicine historically holds that the time before a woman is to give birth is an optimal time to balance her hormones and strengthen her organ systems. Studies have shown that specific pre-birth treatments can actually increase the likelihood of a delivering by the due date, shorten time spent in labor, ensure a smoother labor (less stop and go) and reduce medical interventions such as epidurals and caesareans. The points chosen will actually help the cervix soften and dilate, ready the uterus for the labor, and relax and soften surrounding ligaments in the pelvis. Even if a woman does go past her due date, these pre-birth treatments will make her respond more readily to induction – either through acupuncture or medicine.
What about acupuncture for labor inductions? There are several medical reasons why labor needs to be induced, including post-term babies, premature membrane rupturing, and babies getting too large in the case of diabetic mothers. Acupuncture for labor induction can be very effective, and treatments are recommended daily to maintain momentum. During the treatment, many women report contractions and increased movement of their baby. How many treatments you will need is dependent on how quickly you respond to treatment, but usually a labor will commence after 1 to 3 treatments.
To see more of Alex's articles and to see more about Grassroots acupuncture Project, visit their website.
Monday, January 5, 2009
You can be part of an appreciation for Benny (celebrating his 50+ years of cutting hair at 4714 Baltimore Avenue). We will have a light dinner buffet and beverages at Abbraccio with remembrances and perhaps a retelling of some of Benny’s bad jokes! Nominal charge of $15 per person to pay for food/beverage at this event, plus cash bar. Reservations are suggested.