I took my first seminar with Susan Johnson this past weekend and I learned many fascinating things such as how to needle CV 12 with a 60 mm needle, the insertion technique for a point in the achilles tendon that you needle until it just touches the bone, and how to cup the face for severe cases of TMJ. I liked that Susan did the neelding demonstrations by showing one of her DVDs which saved time and made the techniques easy to see. It was Susan’s first time in New York and she was received warmly and strongly requested to return to teach her more advaced stuff. I saw two other CAN folks there from Massachusetts.
During the class a Chinese woman named Bo sat next to me, when Susan started talking about herbs Bo told me about the herbalist she sees. He has what I would call a “community herbal clinic”, apparently he has 6000 active patients and does not take appointments. His clinic is in Chinatown and people just line up down the hallway when he opens. I decided to go see him, he took my pulse, looked at my tongue and Bo translated as he told me to eat more whole grains and moxa ST36 and KD 1 daily. He wrote down the prescription in Chinese and then started getting the bulk herbs ready. Meanwhile Bo sent me a text message with the instructions on how to cook the herbs, a mixture of old world wisdom and modern technology! The consultation was $10 and then I just had to pay $18 for the herbs. Sound familiar?
Bo and I had lunch over Tai food and I told her more about CAN and how my clinic is set up and she understood immediately because she has seen clinics like this in China and one or two in New York run by Chinese practitioners. The next day Bo announced that she had talked to her business partner and wanted to open a community acupuncture clinic in Manhattan or maybe several and “hire all the out of work New York acupuncturists”. I said “good idea, I like the way you think!” I gave her the CAN website and suggested that she take a look at it first before jumping in. I told her I will help her in any way I can and I will probably visit her soon.
***Open House Update***
I had an open house/free friday last month. I recently decided that I will have one in the spring and one in the fall. In my opinion it is absolutely essential to have someone run the front desk. I had done a pretty good job of getting the word out through twitter, facebook, a listing in the local paper and my sidewalk sign adorned with a few colorful balloons. We treated 18 patients in two hours and about half of them made an appointment the following week. It feels good to have the clinic be busier. I now have four volunteers and one first year acupuncture student who is very bright and earger to learn coming to help out. This has really taken the pressure off. I am getting better at delegating and it’s great not to have to do everything myself. I would like to thank Anson Rathbone and my mother for helping out at the open house.