East Asian medicine uses a completely different map of physiology and function from that of modern biomedicine to understand health and illness. It’s a set of tools and perspectives that gives us a unique look at the entanglements of function and form. And when using acupuncture to help our patients it’s all about the qi, right? Maybe not.

In this conversation with Leah Fehres we consider the relationship between acupuncture points, nerve structures, and the body's intricate nervous and fascial systems. How the bifurcation of nerves is frequently the location of an acupuncture. And how traditional diagnostic methods might not reveal for us how we can consider neurophysiology in formulating an effective acupuncture treatment.

Listen in to this conversation that invites you to question traditional practices and embrace acupuncture through another lens.

In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • Leah's theory on acupuncture points and nerve bifurcations
  • Prioritizing anatomy and physiology in acupuncture
  • Connecting Chinese acupuncture channels to the nervous system
  • The relationship between acupuncture points and nerve structures
  • Acupuncture as a treatment for the nervous system
  • The piezoelectric aspect of fascia
  • Evolving acupuncture practices from ancient times to today
  • Benefits of acupuncture treatments and neurotransmitter release
  • Stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system through acupuncture
  • Challenges of traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis methods

One thing I always keep in mind with my approach to acupuncture is a problem-solving principle known as “Occam's razor” which essentially states that “simpler solutions are more likely to be correct than complex ones”

I completed my Bachelor of Health Science majoring in acupuncture from Endeavour College of Natural Health in Brisbane, Queensland in 2015 where I graduated with distinction and was awarded the medal of academic excellence for highest achievement in acupuncture Australia-wide.

Since early on in my studies, I have been searching for ways to explain the mechanisms of acupuncture through more than just the concepts of Qi and Vessels and have spent years formulating a new perspective on the practice of acupuncture through extensive research and clinical practice. This new perspective offers a contemporary version of acupuncture based not on the ancient philosophy of Qi, but how the body responds to acupuncture on the bases of anatomy and physiology alone.

When not obsessively researching new ways to explain acupuncture, I spend my professional life between my home clinic and Endeavour College where I am a lecturer and student clinic supervisor.




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Shop Talk with Chloe Weber
The Opportunity to Make a Difference

Today’s Shop Talk is an invitation to acupuncturists to recognize the power and potential of our medicine. And committing ourselves to making a difference in the delivery of healthcare in our country,  by choosing the communities we want to make a difference in, and using our imagination and heart to create new models of delivery.

Education and the use of the Internet are tools we can make better use of. We most likely will need to step out of our comfort zone, but that is where real progress becomes possible. 

Need someone to bounce ideas off of, or gin up your motivation? Chloe’s here for that!

Dr. Chloe Weber is a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine and a board-certified and licensed acupuncturist and herbalist based in Boulder, CO. She is the co-founder of the wildly popular Radical Roots, a supplement company that combines the power of Chinese medicine with full-spectrum hemp to treat today’s most common conditions including stress, aging, and digestion.

Chloe's passion for public health and medicine was ignited by her diagnosis of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in high school and fueled by her search for holistic support for her son Remy, who has a rare genetic disorder causing global delays and epilepsy. Her work with Remy motivated her to find ways to help children with neuro-developmental issues and seizures, creating “Remy's Revenge.” The formula uses a unique and effective alchemical extraction technique called spagyrics that contains high-potency, full-spectrum plant extracts and combines the power of Eastern and Western herbal traditions to potentiate the actions of hemp.

Chloe is on a mission to help as many children and adults as she can by empowering them with her knowledge and expertise about the power of herbs.