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Acupuncture and East Asian 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
    • 4.9 • 229 Ratings

Acupuncture and East Asian 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.

    357 Eastern and Western Perspectives on Acupuncture • John Rybak

    357 Eastern and Western Perspectives on Acupuncture • John Rybak

    As anyone who has started an acupuncture practice and tried explaining it to potential patients knows, it’s not easy taking the terminology and thinking of East Asian medicine into English speaking Western culture.
    The guest of this conversation, John Rybak, has thought long and hard about this. He is keen on helping our profession bridge how we think and work with the constraints and opportunities of the conventional medicine world.

    Listen into this conversation on the importance of effective communication, concerns with our scope of practice losses, need for advocacy, and how expanding our vocabulary can help us to engage the broader medical community.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    356 Considering Yi- Meaning, Significance and Conception • S. Boyanton, L. de Vries, V. Scheid

    356 Considering Yi- Meaning, Significance and Conception • S. Boyanton, L. de Vries, V. Scheid

    Brenda Hood often reminds me “Chinese concepts, especially classical Chinese concepts, are big and multidimensional. They are extremely dependent on context and while shades of meaning often cross over, they can be quite different and be more or less encompassing of ideas depending on actual context.”
    Which is why I’m always questioning myself when wrestling ancient Chinese ideas. What’s more, it will seem culture itself is constantly rewriting history to fit the current zeitgeist. So words and ideas, they shape-shift through time.
    In this episode we discuss 意 Yi, commonly translated as Meaning or Significance, and also as Intention.
    Intention gets talked about a lot in our trade, but for me over the course of time, I feel less and less clear just what Intention is, and how it relates to my clinical work. I’ve got some questions about it, and was delighted to sit down with Stephen Boyington, Leslie de Vries and Volker Scheid to see if they could thrown some light on what for me has increasingly become a murky term.

    Listen into this both scholarly and practical discussion on 意, Yi as it relations to medicine and how the doctors, poets and calligraphers over the centuries have puzzled over this as well.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    355 The Circuitry of Saam Acupuncture • Joshua Park

    355 The Circuitry of Saam Acupuncture • Joshua Park

    Saam acupuncture with its unique channel pairings, perspective on psycho-emotional dynamics, and capacity to interweave the Five Phase with the Six Qi is a powerful tool for understanding the interplay of yin and yang along with body and mind.
    In this conversation Joshua Park joins us to explore how Saam acupuncture gives us a holistic view and allows practitioners to approach diagnosis and treatment from multiple perspectives.
    Listen into this discussion of how using multiple lenses gives a more dimensional understanding to your patient's condition. Along with how the Zi Wu “Chinese Clock” helps us to discern the interconnections between Heaven, Earth and Person, and how the flows of dissatisfaction and satiation are built into being human.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    354 History Series, In The Footsteps of a Compleat Acupuncturist • Peter Eckman

    354 History Series, In The Footsteps of a Compleat Acupuncturist • Peter Eckman

    In the late 60’s and early 70’s of the last century East Asian medicine began to emerge into mainstream culture. The Reston NY Times article is often cited as a catalytic moment that put the idea of Chinese acupuncture into the minds of Americans. But other streams of medicine from Japan and Korea were also finding their way into the imagination of those who would be a conduit that would help these methods to flourish in the mainstream of Western culture.
    Peter Eckman has been a unique bridging influence. His acupuncture came from the currents of Korea, as well as Japan and Taiwan via the Worsley tradition of England.

    Listen into this conversation on inquisitiveness, constitution, and how saying “yes” in pivotal moments opens up a world of possibility.

    • 1 hr 37 min
    353 Points for Peace • Keren Assouline & Guy Sedan

    353 Points for Peace • Keren Assouline & Guy Sedan

    The Middle East has a long history of war and unrest. Whatever phase of history you’d like to zoom the timeframe, you’ll likely see conflict. In Episode 72 of Everyday Acupuncture Podcast I spoke with an Israeli practitioner on what it is like to live in a place where you’re frequently hearing air raid sirens and headed to a bomb shelter. In this conversation we hear reflections of two practitioners who share their experience in the aftermath of the attacks of October 7th.
    In this conversation with Keren Assouline and Guy Sedan, we hear from experienced practitioners who share with us what it's like living and working amidst the ongoing conflict in Israel. They have seen first hand how the trauma of war infiltrates the body, disorders the qi and leaves an effect on the mind, spirit and society.

    Listen into this discussion that provides a window into using the tools of Chinese medicine to help a society cope with the deep impacts of living through war, fear and violence.

    • 1 hr 39 min
    352 Quiet Presence, The Gentle Power of Teishin • G Klepper, T Sørensen, E Truitt

    352 Quiet Presence, The Gentle Power of Teishin • G Klepper, T Sørensen, E Truitt

    Here’s a question that I find difficult to answer. How does acupuncture work? 
    Beyond the East Asian medicine phrasing that makes zero sense to your average citizen. Just what is going on in the body in response to a sliver thin needle being placed in the flesh? And once you have an answer for that, explain how a “needle” that does not pierce the skin can accomplish the same thing?

    It’s an annoying question isn’t it? Which makes it a very good question, and the motivation for inviting Gary Klepper, Thomas Sørensen, and Erhart Truitt to this conversation on teishin needles.

    Listen into this discussion on the paradox between intention and attention,  perspectives on gently interacting with the qi, and how the teishin is a forgiving tool for beginners and an instrument of advanced technique for experienced practitioners.

    • 1 hr 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
229 Ratings

229 Ratings

ABW1111 ,

Love this podcast!

Michael is an amazing interviewer and knows how to pull tons of knowledge from every guest!

truenaturefamily ,

Enjoy the conversations, but transphobic comments seem unnecessary.

Let me first say that there are a lot of conversations I have really enjoyed in this podcast. I am a wellness practitioner myself and really wanted to get a more in-depth perspective on TCM and all its myriad dimensions. I recently was introduced to the show by a friend and began binge-listening. I appreciate a lot of the open-mindedness it tries to achieve, but have been baffled by now a couple different episodes that made unnecessary transphobic comments, which seem to take away from its ultimate aim. I find it surprising that these elements are not examined by the host himself, given they came from him and he seems to be very conscious of examining his own biases. I challenge myself by continuing to listen for other useful information rather than dismissing it outright, but they do take away from the rest of what I would consider a very thought-provoking show.

micfie ,

A podcast that deeply inspires me

Thank you, Michael Max & guests, for making such a helpful mind-provoking & heart-opening podcast for the East Asian medicine lover. As a longtime massage therapist currently in acupuncture school, I love to listen to this on my way to see clients, to our student clinic, or classes. As I learn more about this beautiful medicine I go back to listen to episodes from past years with new ears, & look forward to doing that for years to come. Thank you so much!

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