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Oriental medicine was not developed in a laboratory. It does not advance through double-blind controlled studies, nor does it respond well to petri dish experimentation. Our medicine did not come from the statistical regression of randomized cohorts, but from the observation and treatment of individuals in their particular environment. It grows out of an embodied sense of understanding how life moves, unfolds, develops and declines.


Medicine comes from continuous, thoughtful practice of what we do in clinic, and how we approach that work. The practice of medicine is more — much more — than simply treating illness. It is more than acquiring skills and techniques. And it is more than memorizing the experiences of others. It takes a certain kind of eye, an inquiring mind and relentlessly inquisitive heart.

Qiological is an opportunity to deepen our practice with conversations that go deep into acupuncture, herbal medicine, cultivation practices, and the practice of having a practice. It’s an opportunity to sit in the company of others with similar interests, but perhaps very different minds. Through these dialogues perhaps we can better understand our craft.

Qiological Podcast Michael Max

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 31 Ratings

Oriental medicine was not developed in a laboratory. It does not advance through double-blind controlled studies, nor does it respond well to petri dish experimentation. Our medicine did not come from the statistical regression of randomized cohorts, but from the observation and treatment of individuals in their particular environment. It grows out of an embodied sense of understanding how life moves, unfolds, develops and declines.


Medicine comes from continuous, thoughtful practice of what we do in clinic, and how we approach that work. The practice of medicine is more — much more — than simply treating illness. It is more than acquiring skills and techniques. And it is more than memorizing the experiences of others. It takes a certain kind of eye, an inquiring mind and relentlessly inquisitive heart.

Qiological is an opportunity to deepen our practice with conversations that go deep into acupuncture, herbal medicine, cultivation practices, and the practice of having a practice. It’s an opportunity to sit in the company of others with similar interests, but perhaps very different minds. Through these dialogues perhaps we can better understand our craft.

    270 Authentic Movement and the Wisdom of the Body • Margot Rossi

    270 Authentic Movement and the Wisdom of the Body • Margot Rossi

    Movement is life.
    Movement is part of how our body communicates with itself and senses itself in the outside world. Proper and ease filled movement, be it with our emotions, the circulation of our blood, the way our joints through their range movement, and how we can move and be in the relationships, work and interaction with the 10000 things. All of this is tied in with our well-being and capacity to thrive.
    In this conversation with Margot Rossi we explore the terrain of movement and sensing and how this fundamental capacity is the foundation of our life, and gives us the ability to live the seasons of our lives.
    Listen into this conversation on the wisdom of the body, and how movement with attention is part of the language of wellbeing.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    269 A World of No Excuses • Jenny Nieters

    269 A World of No Excuses • Jenny Nieters

    To most, acupuncture is a curious riddle. An ancient medical art whose theories are poetic, and healing outcomes seem lopsided considering the gentle stimulation of a thin needle. And regardless of context or complaint, the goal remains the same as it was millennia ago: restoring balance to the whole being.
    While our medicine has gained significant traction poking its way into the mainstream healthcare landscape, the journey has been non-linear and, at times, haphazard. But from our conversation with this episode's guest, perhaps trust and mutual respect are the catalysts to bridge the still-existent gap and facilitate the confluence of ancient medicine with modern culture.
    In this conversation with Jenny Nieters, we discuss her clinical work as the team acupuncturist for the San Francisco 49ers, the place of East Asian Medicine in sports medicine, and her personal experience enhancing physical performance for both elite professionals and active patients looking to maintain their strength and mobility. We also touch on the need for soft skills as a practitioner, including simplifying and communicating the 'magic' of acupuncture, being present, inviting mutual respect, and creating space for trust.
    Listen into this discussion on acupuncture in sports medicine, the experience, the challenges, and the opportunities it holds.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    268 Men's Health • Lisa Lapwing

    268 Men's Health • Lisa Lapwing

    hinese medicine is a godsend for women's health. There are plenty of resources for us to tap into, and our medicine is great at addressing the challenges women face through their reproductive years and beyond. But what about the other half of the population? Well, not so much.
    Men's health is often shrouded in invisible inequality. Some of it is cultural, men seek medical attention less frequently than women. Generally speaking, men aren’t as proactive in seeking to resolve health concerns, we pride ourselves on toughing through problems.
    I would have thought that there would be more in our East Asian medicine toolkit for treating men’s reproductive or sexual issues, But if you look, you will not that much. It’s a bare storehouse compared to the treasure house of medicine and methods we have for women’s health.
    In this conversation with Lisa Lapwing, we explore men’s health and see what Chinese medicine has to offer. We look at the taboos behind men's health, the emotional underpinnings of the issues, and how to hold comfortable conversations with patients for better outcomes. We also discuss the diagnosis and treatment of common problems, including prostatitis, BPH, and prostate cancer.
    Listen into this discussion on common sexual/reproductive issues that trouble men and the need to address the gender gap in health outcomes.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Five Years of Qiological, Thoughts, Observations and Appreciation • Michael Max

    Five Years of Qiological, Thoughts, Observations and Appreciation • Michael Max

    The first episode of Qiological aired at the end of August in 2017. I’d gotten more than a few emails from practitioners telling me how much they liked my previous podcast experiment…. Everyday Acupuncture, and that was surprising to me because I did not make that podcast for acupuncturists, it was aimed at the general public. So Qiological was an inquiry into seeing if acupuncturists and East Asian medicine practitioners might enjoy a podcast that goes more deeply into the medicine we share.
    Turns out…. Yes. As we are coming up on 300 conversations now.
    Starting today, the podcast is again freely available to all and will carry sponsorship advertising in each episode.
    I’ve got more details about the changes to the podcast in this short solo show that commemorates five years of Qiological, along with some thoughts on medicine, practice and this new Gutenberg Press we call podcasting.

    • 17 min
    267 Language and language-less practices of touch and healing • Nick Pole

    267 Language and language-less practices of touch and healing • Nick Pole

    Listen with the whole body
    Accept that comes
    
    When I think about connecting with others, two of the most powerful ways are with non-verbal touch, and the other with the use of attentive language. It would not be a stretch to suggest that this is the yin and yang connection. One that engages the body and the other the mind. But, of course, as you already know, you can’t touch one part of a person without connecting to all of them. Should you care to take that journey.
    In this last conversation of our series on Bodywork in East Asian medicine we talk with Nick Pole who brings both the honed senstivies of a Shiatsu practitioner, and the skilled verbal invitations that are so emblematic of Clean Language.
    Listen into this discussion of connection, curiosity, non-doing and presence.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    266 Following the Flow, Ortho-Bionomy® and Art of Non-Judgement • Karen Elisa

    266 Following the Flow, Ortho-Bionomy® and Art of Non-Judgement • Karen Elisa

    In our work, we often lean on the metaphors of nature.
    We speak of landscapes, flows, seasons and cycles. And yet often enough, our treatments are geared to interfere with what we find. We look to ‘re-channel’ the flow. To drain away that which we deem obstructive. To bust up qi, especially if we find the Liver to be involved. From an outsider’s perspective, we seem to have a bad attitude towards the Liver.
    I often enough have asked myself the question when seeing patients, “Am I working from the perspective of Husbandry or from that of a Corps of Engineers manager?” Am I working with the environment or in some ways against it?
    In this conversation with Karen Elisa we investigate what it means to attend and follow. Do we listen to what our patient needs, or our own ideas of what they should have? And short, do we trust our patient’s body and being, or not?
    Listen into this conversation on using our hands and senses to attentively follow the body’s flow and get out of the way so our patients can allow themselves to bring forward a great state of wellbeing.

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

supast8r ,

Endless inspiration

I came across Qiological in my first semester of acupuncture studies, and I’ve been a devout listener ever since (3 years later!). From the very start, when I understand maybe one word in 10, I’ve been enraptured by the conversations and soliloquies on this podcast. I can proudly say I’m up to about 3 out of 10 words now and who knows, maybe in 10 or so years I can make it up to 7. Thank you Michael for your generosity in providing this service.

Lucyb2410860 ,

Thoughtful and engaging

Thank you for allowing us to listen to such inspiring conversations. I am in my 1st year of my acupuncture masters in Australia, and currently roadtripping while studying theory. Your podcast has been comforting and engaging to listen to on these long drives :)

Anisseclare ,

Utmost appreciation from a 1st year student

I am in my first year of TCM in Australia (from a western medicine background) and have found this podcast so comforting. The informal yet so interesting and inquisitive nature is perfect.

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