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Get a Mentor!

Mentorship is valuable in every field. I encourage everyone that is studying acupuncture to find a mentor. I’ve had 2 main mentors since I started studying acupuncture. The first mentor I had was Jing Chen author and illustrator of An Anatomical Atlas of Chinese Acupuncture Points. While I was going to school, I spent 2 years working for him. I ...

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Acupuncture Insertion Training Tool!

This video will guide you step by step to make a handy dandy spring loaded acupuncture needle insertion training tool! If you watch the video on the Ashi Acupuncture Youtube channel, you’ll be able to navigate the video using the time annotations in the description.

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AJ Adamczyk Interview

In this episode, I interview AJ Adamczyk a successful acupuncturist in New Jersey. AJ uses electro acupuncture (EA) a lot in his practice with good results. He shares his insights and a protocol for sciatica. At one point, I also mention some of the “forbidden points” for pregnant women. For the interested reader, here are some links that call into ...

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Interview With Acupuncturist Jason Tutt

So glad I could get Jason Tutt of needlechat.com for this interview. In this video, we talk about the concept of Qi, apprenticing with a mentor, ashi acupuncture, trigger points, prolotherapy, scope of practice issues in Canada, and Jason’s website needlechat.com. If you watch the video on the Ashi Acupuncture Youtube channel, you can click on the time links in ...

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How To Use Your Acupuncture Practice Pad

This is the practice that I was taught by Chen Naiming, head of the acupuncture department of the Shandong provincial hospital, when I studied acupuncture in China. This will build up your hand strength and sensitivity and pay big dividends in your clinical practice. Here’s the article on how to make the practice pad. The video for making the pad ...

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TDP Lamp overview, maintenance, and repair video

In this video, I detail common steps that will keep your TDP lamp working like new. If you watch the video on the the Ashi Acupuncture You Tube Channel, you’ll be able to use the “time links” in the description to move quickly to the segment you wish to watch.  

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Pneumothorax Prevention

A recent video has emerged of a pneumothorax that occurred during a demonstration at a workshop. I wanted to add my thoughts about this unfortunate incidence. Hopefully by analyzing this incident we can take steps to minimize its recurrence. It is also important to be reminded of the potential danger we face every time we needle over the thoracic cavity. ...

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Patient Plateaus

Part of being an expert is knowing when you can’t help someone or can’t help them further. Do you try to treat everyone? How many treatments should you do before you refer them to another practitioner or order further diagnostic tests? I spoke with a patient the other day. They had been seeing another acupuncturist weekly for a couple of ...

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Interview with acupuncturist – Michael Turk

This is my interview with my mentor Michael Turk who is a nationally known expert, author, and teacher. He lectures on the use of acupuncture, massage, and moxibustion to treat chronic pain and disability. Turk has taught natural healing for over 40 years and traditional Chinese medicine for over 30 years at California schools and international conferences. His easy-to-read book on acupressure ...

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The Missing Key to Success?

Be a Great Acupuncture Clinician Luckily nowadays there are many people that are giving great coaching advice on how to have a successful acupuncture practice. They are experts in marketing, goal setting, psychology, “inner game”, and “outer game”. Their advice is truly valuable, but there is a piece that is often overlooked or assumed to be in place already. That is ...

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