Beth Griffing

Beth Griffing

This website is a direct result of answering the same questions repeatedly. What is acupuncture? How does it work? What is the PROOF?

In an effort to engage in an intelligent dialogue, I recently attended the 2013 Conference of the Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR), and I noticed a severe lack of Master’s students, Doctoral students, the equivalent of Post-Docs in our field (young acupuncturists that also do research), and journalistic attendees. I perceived myself (possibly erroneously) to be in a minority of young acupuncturists interested in broadcasting knowledge about TEAM in a digestible way, who also has the motivation (and makes the time) to attend professional meetings. Until the past few years, Traditional East Asian Medicine practitioners have relied on the hard working researchers themselves to create a more public buzz about their work, and this is problematic due to both time constraints and the insularity of academic language to some degree.

I noticed that the SAR speakers constantly called for not only more research but also more OUTREACH in order to stimulate funding ultimately. Consequently I became inspired to start unpacking and repacking the information I learned at the SAR Conference in order to allow it to seep out into the public in a more easily understood way. I hope that this website evolves over time to help facilitate the conversation about TEAM Research, Acupuncture Research, the Medical Anthropology of TEAM, and much more.

I am an acupuncturist in Portland, Oregon with a background in cultural anthropology. As just one practitioner, this website represents my personal opinions and interpretations of current topics in TEAM, and serves as a home base for starting deeper research. This is basically a convenient research portal for myself and hopefully other students, practitioners, and curious netizens.

I write about Acupuncture and TEAM concepts for fun at Catalyst for Breakfast.

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