Blue Poppy Authors Laud CA

Omnipresent OM authors Honora Lee Wolfe and Bob Flaws have recently posted separate entries on the Blue Poppy Press blog pages, praising community acupuncture.

Read Wolfe’s here and Flaw’s here.

While over-emphasizing the appeal of CA for younger practitioners in my opinion, each make a clear pitch for issues of access and affordability that CA practitioners value foremost, while taking a dollars and cents approach in their reasoning.

Flaws also argues for community acupuncture as a means by which to see the survival of the acupuncture profession itself, moving forward. 

Author: andy-wegman

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  1. Thanks for Pointing These Out!

    Great articles – and not just because I have a slightly biased opinion toward CA… but because I really do think they made some great points.

    Turns out I’m treating lots and lots of the young people they talk about – and I love it.  Sometimes I wonder if it’s just because we tend to draw to us what we resonate with most – or if it’s because the community my practice exists is is filled with many young people.  Either way, I’m glad to have the opportunity to treat them just like these articles suggest.

    Justine Deutsch, Lic. Ac., Acupuncture Together

  2. This is really wonderful to see.

    I’ve posted blog comments on both articles and invite others to do so as well.  This may be another important step in getting greater acceptability for community acupuncture.  Yay!


  3. to be fair

    cool beans. but i’m not sure i read the overemphasis on young practitioners. flaws does mention this a little, but wolfe addresses pracitioners

    “both right out of school and older” right at the beginning of her piece. and both flaws and wolfe emphasize expanding the demographic base of acupuncture consumers. this is where they see the future in youth and responding to the economy, including the declining earning trajectories of baby boomers.

    (not sure when i’ll figure out how to format, sorry about that)

  4. Wolfe writes in the

    4th to the last paragraph,

     “As such my advice is, if you are still a student or you are a new practitioner with options open to you, visit the Community Acupuncture Network website.”

    So, yes, there is an emphasis in the 2 articles on young practitioners. Other than that, though, they are good articles about CA and make many of the same points that Lisa R. has made.

  5. Finally, words from reality

    Finally, words from reality from established practitioners.  Most of us have learned the ridiculousness of the “patients who value their health will find the money” fantasy the schools taught us.  

  6. Baby Boomer aging

    I like that Bob is able to get right to the aging and looming fixed income considerations of those rare few able to afford boutique prices and that Honora talks specifically to the aging and looming fixed incomes of the classic female 35-55 age group demographic.

    I like also that they both speak to the idea of frequency being the way that acupuncture works best and spell out why it is a rare one who can afford the frequency to get better at boutique prices. 

  7. .

    this is great. its really awesome to see minds opening up all around us. even amongst students in my school, what was a cute idea last year to many students is now getting talked about more and more as the most realistic and viable plan.



  8. another Blue Poppy post

    Eric Brand commented here on CA. It was a positive review and he spoke a lot about herbs, as that is his specialty. It was nice to see an expert herbalist making the following comment about practicing herbs:

    “I see that a majority of my patients just need a simple consult. Their diagnosis is clear, and they will get good results if they just get efficient delivery of repeated acupuncture and herbs.”


  9. Did anyone catch that they

    Did anyone catch that they called Lisa the “mother of CACM?” Isn’t that mother talk something we usually reserve for people who are dead and famous for, say, sewing the first American flag by hand or inventing nursing? In deference to Lisa’s ongoing longevity, we may want to hold off on the mother talk…


    I really enjoyed the articles. Thanks for pointing them out Andy. They both made really nice points that speak to specific segments of the population really well.


    I do think that the “younger practitioners” is a symptoms of systemic classism creeping into their thinking. Its acceptable to wealthy americans for young people to be cash poor. Its OK for them to be doing entry level jobs straight out of collage or still be in grad school.  But you’re expected at that age to be working your way up that preverbial latter.  Its expected that young and poor is just a porthole you go through to get to your privaledged potential on the other side.