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!