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Peril By Puncture

July 19, 2012


Lined Up

Here’s a common question/lingering fear/excuse for berating my profession: CAN ACUPUNCTURE KILL ME? And that’s completely legit. You should be asking that question. After all, we are dealing with the combination of needles and skin. Still, I have seen the “dangers” of acupuncture presented so far out of proportion that there is a common school […]

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Needles, In Your Face

May 21, 2012

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The n-word; it seems to turn a lot of people off.  In another one of my casual polls, needles come up as the number one reason people who have considered acupuncture haven’t tried it. Acupuncturists themselves often skirt the issue, avoiding the word altogether, or preceding it with the quantifier “hair thin.” But, the ugly truth is, […]

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Believing in Acupuncture

April 21, 2012


Oral Roberts

A couple of times a year, I have someone come up to me and say “I don’t believe in acupuncture.” Conversely, and with equal frequency, I also have people say to me “I believe in acupuncture.” Either way, the science-based part of my brain cringes. The word “believe” has all sorts of metaphysical and religious […]

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How Acupuncture Works

April 20, 2012



This post will not explain how acupuncture works. Fooled you with that title, didn’t I? I mean, I’m going to try to start to explain, but I am not going to succeed. Why? Because I can’t just boil it down for you using some diagrams of the nervous system and facial planes and show you […]

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The Musculoskeletal Fixation

April 19, 2012



Everyone, including acupuncturists, kind of wants to know HOW acupuncture works. Okay, maybe not everyone, but if you start really thinking about the idea of someone sticking needles in your skin and making you “better” you are likely to conclude that it doesn’t work or that it’s magical. Scientifically minded individuals, however, may prefer to […]

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A Top 10 Cliche – For Acupuncture

April 18, 2012


lab coats make you smart

By now, even if you’ve been ignoring my blog, you’ve probably heard of acupuncture. It’s that thing where people stick needles in your face, right?  But, according to a poll I conducted that really used too small a sample size to be considered “research,” although people have heard of acupuncture, they have never actually had […]

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Pricks Episode #1: Does Acupuncture Really Work?

April 1, 2012


Hipster Cafe

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been at a party/bar/other generic social gathering where the knowledge that I am in acupuncture school attracts the question: “So, does acupuncture really work?” To save you, dear reader, from making this same mistake, or if you have already been guilty of perpetrating this crime, let me […]

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Poking 101: The Mysteries of Acupuncture School

March 23, 2012



There is somewhat of a mystique around dubbing oneself “an acupuncture student.” At parties it makes you interesting and different. In intellectual settings it makes you have to work 10 times harder to convince someone that you know how to use your brain. In general, it makes you party to a bevy of questions: So […]

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Why Are You Poking Me?

March 13, 2012


As an acupuncture student, I’ve found myself acting as a liaison, of sorts, between the often esoteric, misunderstood world of Chinese medicine and… well… real life. After eight semesters of full-on immersion in a world where having acupuncture meridians and points drawn all over your body is a right of passage, telling someone you have liver qi stagnation […]

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