I haven’t blogged here in a while. Interestingly, though, I’ve noticed that the less I write – more stuff seems to be actually happening…! I hope you’ll excuse me for taking be a break from the FPD discussion; I gather some of you might need one…(?)


I recently posted a blog entry in my Hebrew blog on CA, calling all community acupunks to step forward, so that we may compile a list of CA clinics in Israel. Turned out that in the past year or so, over 15 clinics opened all over the country (which is great considering that Israel is about the size of New Jersey…). Though I know the clinics differ in style and setting, as well as range of price, the important thing is that more affordable acupuncture is available today than before, and more acupuncturists are treating more people– which is really that heart of what we want, isn’t it?


I was very inspired by Matt Bauer’s last post. So inspired, that I wrote an Israeli version to it. Many practitioners really liked the idea, and we are now thinking of how to promote an outreach campaign. The first step we’re thinking of taking is uploading some short and sweet Youtube videos on acupuncture. Recently, a government committee decided not to grant academic recognition to alternative medicine studies, including Chinese Medicine. Seems like the best time to be doing things for ourselves, as apposed to the top-down approach Matt so eloquently pointed out.


I finally left the community center and in my neighborhood and rented a space in a wellness center in the heart of Jerusalem. The space is much larger, the location very central and I’m happy that about 90% of my patients followed me there. I’m working two 4-hour shifts a week, hoping to expand soon to three, and seeing 10-12 patients each shift. Most of them are women between 40-60, but others include men and women of 18, 21, 40, 85 and 94 years of age. One of the difficulties I’m coping with is how to deal with patients being late, causing a 15-minute delay in schedule. Any suggestions would be welcome…


That’s all for now, folks. Happy New Year!


Author: royg

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  1. !מַזָּל טוֹב

    !מַזָּל טוֹב (that spells mazel tov, which means congratulations, in Hebrew for those of you who can’t read it…)

    You’re doing wonderful things over there in Israel!  That is so awesome that you are in Jerusalem!  I’m so excited for you and it’s so wonderful that you are working on making it more widely known to your colleagues.

    I’m sure as time goes on you will have a more and more diverse group of patients coming in.  To answer your questions about late-comers: it can be tricky, but I find it usually works out if you are able to move along quickly enough.  I used to find it difficult to handle the late-comers, but as time goes on and I get quicker at what I do (and I do book up to 6 an hour) I find it isn’t generally a problem having patients arriving late – or people arriving in clumps (like 2-4 people at once – that happens sometimes).  If someone arrives late and someone else who is on time comes in around the same time, I take care of the on-time person first, and then the late-comer.  I’m sure you’ll find it getting easier as time goes on, too.

  2. Thank you, Roy ~

    I love hearing how things are evolving on your side of the globe!  What I find really cool about all of this, is how Matt Bauer’s blog is inspiring acupuncture outreach around the world.  CAN has just recently been blessed with an opportunity to create a short, educational acupuncture video, also.  (More details about that project very soon!)  I’ll send you an email about what we’re doing…maybe it’ll help shape what you’re creating.  Look forward to seeing your video when it’s done!

  3. It’s good to hear

    about your expansion and the growing number of CA practices in Israel. One thing that has helped me a lot when people are late, causing a back-up, is just to breathe, and take one thing at a time. People are understanding and don’t mind waiting a little bit, sometimes. It’s a community setting after all.

    I agree about Matt Bauer’s article, and also think that CAN should push for a nationwide public information campaign by schools and acupuncture organizations, after a non-consensus is reached on the fpd again.

  4. go Roy!

    I’m so glad to hear you are expanding your services, and that your expansiveness has inspired so many clinics in Israel. Here’s to even more opening this coming year!

  5. Congratulations!

    And thanks for keeping us posted on your endeavors.  I don’t see your clinic on the LOC page, and there may be several reasons for that, but please post your clinic’s details somewhere on CAN so we can refer people to you.  I have treated several people recently who are visiting from Israel and the visitor from Tel Aviv was absolutely thrilled to know she could continue her care at a CA clinic once she got back home.  We got LOTS of visitors from your neck of the woods, so let us help you fill your clinic from far away Berkeley!


    Better yet, send along some biz cards if you get a chance:

    Berkeley Acupuncture Project

    1834 University Ave

    Berkeley, CA 94704


    Julia in Berkeley



  6. 15 Clinics in Israel!

    OK, that’s my Christmas present! Roy, you’re amazing.

    “You know how people always say there’s a reasonable explanation for things like this? Well, there isn’t.” Daniel Pinkwater, The Neddiad