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Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are still widely misunderstood nowadays, necessitating awareness. Acu•Convos is a platform for recognizing and appreciating present acupuncturists of Color worldwide. It will give us further insight into them, their backgrounds, and why acupuncture has become essential to the IBPoC community.
When we get to know our acupuncturists, we discover various solutions to address our health, which we wouldn’t have considered in the first place. Because acupuncture and TCM are underutilized health resources, Acu Convos strives to raise awareness and educate people with more information to make informed choices that ultimately support their health.
“Our Black and Brown communities deserve access to and knowledge of modalities of care that can transform their lives.“
Alleah Erica is a Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture student at Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine in Toronto, Canada. What inspired her to pursue TCM and Acupuncture is her experience with Thai massages, which she thoroughly enjoyed and found meditative. Having provided bodywork services to clients in the U.S., she discovered that each body told a different story. Eventually, she found herself self-studying and furthering her passion for Acupuncture.
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“Success is the accumulation of small actions. All those small actions are the ingredients that make a successful healing lifestyle.”
AcuConvos provides us with the opportunity to learn about professional Acupuncturists of Color, their experiences, and the importance of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for the IBPoC community.
Damian McCleod is a licensed acupuncturist in New York and has a Master of Science Degree in Acupuncture from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM). Damian treats musculoskeletal conditions in martial artists and athletes, focusing on knee discomfort. He is an acupuncturist and self-defense instructor affiliated with the Acupuncture Society of New York and the MAUSA Health & Fitness Center.
Due to the lack of access to available healthcare resources and support for IBPoC communities, Acupuncture and TCM provide a decentralized healthcare system that supports individuals in the community before the system that disables them.