In this conversation, our guest Efrem Korngold said, “the definition of a good paradigm is that you can apply it effectively to new problems.” 

You know how sometimes you hear something and it stops you dead in your tracks, it rings true in a way that you can feel in your bones, muscles and blood. I heard this and felt the truth of it. It's true— Chinese medicine; it’s good paradigm.

Listen into this conversation on the early days of Chinese medicine emerging into the mainstream in California, the way fearlessness helps to develop you as an acupuncturist and why imagination is so vitally important to the craftsperson.

In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • A curious introduction to acupuncture
  • Seeking a medicine for a self reliant community
  • An unexpected set of notes on acupuncture from Seattle
  • Meeting JR Whorsley
  • The influence of Mirum Lee and her unquenchable curiosity
  • Founding schools and teaching
  • An unlikely trip to Kunming
  • The multiple and surprising influences that aided in State  licensure
  • The rivalries that set out to “own” acupuncture
  • Acupuncturists as “Trades People”
  • Healthcare vs Medicine
  • Acupuncture has become mainstream
  • The famous herbalist from Idaho that no one has heard of
  • Learning fearlessness from Mirum Lee
  • The ever-evolving nature of Chinese medicine

How, is more important than what; when, is more important than why. Pay attention and question your firmly held beliefs.

Efrem Korngold, L.Ac., O.M.D. has been a pioneer in the practice of Chinese medicine in America for 50 years.

He developed one of the early acupuncture curricula for the first acupuncture school in San Francisco in 1979, is the co-author of Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine and is engaged in the practice of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in San Francisco at Chinese Medicine Works.  


Links and Resources

You can visit Efrem at Chinese Medicine Works.

Read his classic book Between Heaven and Earth.  


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