Often enough at the beginning of a sea change, you don’t know what’s coming next. You’re already part of a current, a flow, and while you can steer within current, you’re caught up in a flow that is beyond your capacity to fully understand.

In this conversation with Malvin Finkelstein we take a trip in the Wayback Machine to 197xx and his first encounter with acupressure, acupuncture and the potency of nutrition. We visit the early years of acupuncture education, the challenges of making a living when most states did not offer licenses to practice acupuncture, and crafting of standards and valid testing that would become the foundation for licensure.

Listen into this discussion of serendipity, passion, persistence and contribution.

In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • A notice posted on an old style bulletin board
  • Discovering and experiencing acupressure and acupuncture
  • Diet and a clear and reliable message from the body
  • The early days of acupuncture and its establishment as a profession
  • Influential individuals and organizations contributing to the growth of acupuncture
  • A profession that self organized itself
  • The challenges faced in establishing licensure laws
  • The role of NCCAOM in standardizing acupuncture exams
  • The evolution of acupuncture beyond just acupuncture to include Chinese herbology and Oriental Medicine
  • Embracing change and letting go of past successes
  • The challenges and wisdom that come with aging and shaping the profession

Listening To Our Body and Asking What Our Body Needs is one of the most important healing practices. We assume that our body will always work and do whatever we ask of it. As we all get more years on our body, we find that our body doesn’t work the same as it did when we were younger.

If we don’t listen to our body’s needs, our body stops working properly and we have pain and disease.​​

I have spent the past 20 years developing, refining and teaching a treatment modality called Acu-Current Therapy. It increases joint range of motion, regulates sinew and muscle elasticity, increases blood profusion to affected areas and accelerates healing time.

Acu-Current Therapy combines treatment of points in the fascia around muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints with microcurrent electricity. Each joint has points that increase range of motion.

Myofascial acupressure stretches separate adhesed fascia from muscles, tendons and ligaments to reposition muscles and joints into their correct position. Teaching patients to not over-do daily activities and exercises, coupled with therapeutic qigong stretches and ergonomics enhances and solidifies the treatment effect.

Earlier in my acupuncture career, I was chairperson of the NCCAOM, the Oregon Medical Board-Acupuncture Committee and the National Qigong Association .

For the past 40+ years, I have had a thriving acupuncture practice in Eugene, Oregon. I am devoted to my family. In my spare time, I play jazz alto saxophone.


Links and Resources

Visit Malvin on his website and check out the courses that he offers on qi gong and  micro-current therapy


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Shop Talk with Leta Herman
Treating Chaotic Energy


Join Leta Herman as she shares her perspective on why Chaotic Energy treatments (also known as Aggressive Energy) are so helpful in today's fast paced, modern world.

In the past 20 years, Leta has witnessed a significant rise in CE due to increased world-wide stress, smartphones, wearables and a constant media exposure. Chaotic Energy spreads through the Ke cycle, affecting multiple organ systems and even contributing to severe illness.

Symptoms of CE include mild to severe emotional agitations, anxieties, and physical discomforts–all related to Wei Qi circulation.

In this ShopTalk, Leta describes how to treat CE with needles and with her own unique non-needling techniques. Treating CE has led to amazing results, from alleviating panic attacks to helping transform more severe illness as well as easing some of the more day-to-day stresses for many clients.

I'm not your typical Chinese Medicine Practitioner. I always like to get that statement right out first! I consider myself a Chinese Medicine Healer, Alchemist, and lifetime learner. My unique approach involves non-needle techniques, using my fingers as energetic needles, and incorporating direct moxibustion, cupping, and gua sha. My journey into healing began with a healing crisis that changed my life, leading me to study with remarkable teachers like Master Jeffery Yuen, Eliot Cowan, and Niki Bilton over the past two decades.

Over the years I’ve focused on the more esoteric aspects of Chinese Medicine and Alchemical Healing, including Sun SiMiao’s Thirteen Ghosts Points and the Nine Stages of Daoist Alchemy. As co-founder of the AlchemyLearningCenter.com, where we offer numerous CEU classes in Alchemical and Classical Chinese Medicine, I’m excited to start a new Alchemy apprenticeship cohort in our popular Master Alchemy Apprenticeship Program (MAAP) this Fall.

I also co-host the Inspired Action Podcast at InspiredActionPodcast.com, which focuses on Alchemy, the Five Elements, and the Nine Palaces for both practitioners and laypeople alike. You can find it anywhere you listen to podcasts!