It can be hard, impossible perhaps, at the beginning to know that you’re at the start of a tidal shift. It’s only in looking back and connecting the pivotal moments that you can see a challenging moment didn’t happen to you, it happened for you. It’s only later that you can see how attempting to solve a troublesome problem would take you down a path your imagination couldn’t dream up in that moment.

In this conversation with John Scott we take a trip in the Wayback Machine to a time when acupuncture was more of a curiosity than a career. We look at the troubles and challenges of the late 60’s and early 70’s and how the influences of those times created opportunities that would in turn lay the groundwork for the profession we enjoy today.

Listen into this discussion of flower power, entrepreneurship  and good old American ingenuity and self-reliance.

In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • History of Western medicine in the early 19th century
  • Early days of acupuncture and herbal medicine in the US
  • The importance of deep connection and ecstasy of connection in human relationships
  • Making needles from guitar strings
  • What brought people to John, who at the time was an outlaw practicing without a license
  • The role of institutions and government in the 80’s and increasing legalization of acupuncture in the 90s
  • Golden Flower’s inciting problem and journey
  • Challenges facing the acupuncture profession today

I find micro systems very helpful in acupuncture. I always start my acupuncture treatment with auricular acupuncture. This helps to set up immediate relief for the patient right away. I’ve found using ear acupuncture improves results and patient success.

John Scott is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine currently in practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has been in private practice since 1982. He is the founder and president of Golden Flower Chinese Herbs Inc.

John has been active in promoting oriental medicine on a local, state, national and international level. He has taught classes in the field and has been active in research. His particular passion for Chinese herbal medicine has guided his writing and teaching. He has continued to combine acupuncture with Chinese herbal medicine in his private practice.



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Shop Talk with Anthony Von der Muhll
Needling Joints

I’m  Anthony Von der Muhll, and in this Shoptalk, I will be sharing with you one of my most useful go-to techniques for treating chronic musculoskeletal pain and disability: needling into joint and ligamentous tissues. 

This is an ancient technique with modern applications that is quite safe, well-tolerated, and works rapidly and effectively for long-lasting improvements in function, not just of joints but also the muscles, tendons and nerves that cross them. 

When I started using this technique about 15 years ago, my success rates went way up, and the time and number of treatments required for lasting outcomes went way down, even for chronic and complex cases that I had found previously very challenging. 

Although this technique was not taught in any of the Masters or Doctorate classes that I attended, with some very basic review of joint anatomy, I found it is quite simple and easy to learn, and even to teach oneself. Tune in to learn more!

Here are links to Anthony's course on Joint Stabilization and Mobilization Needling, his full list of On Demand Courses with CEU's. And his Live Classes and Webinars.

And a couple video samples of Anthony's teaching.

Yangming ACL

Treating the Cervical Spine

Anthony Von der Muhll
I am an experienced clinician and instructor in acupuncture orthopedics and sports medicine. I enjoy providing long-term support for acupuncturists to achieve their professional goals.

I earned my MTCM from the Five Branches University in 2002, my Diplomate from the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics in 2006, and my Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in 2020.

I have served as a clinical supervisor for 18 years and taught acupuncture orthopedics at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences, the American College of TCM, the Five Branches University, and the Virginia University of Integrative Medicine. I have been a featured instructor at the Sports Acupuncture Alliance, the PSOAS Symposium, and Associations of California, Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina.

I also have extensive experience as an expert witness in malpractice cases, and emphasize the highest standards of safety and ethics.