Today we welcome to the show Mike Moons to explore the world of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and how these ancient practices compare to the standard Western medicine approach.
After suffering a major neck injury, Mike turned to acupuncture as a last resort. When Traditional Chinese Medicine proved to be his unexpected route to recovery, Mike knew he had to learn more. Now well-versed in both Eastern and Western medicine, Mike joins us today to dispel some myths and to discuss where Acupuncture fits in today’s treatment landscape.
0:00 – Who is Mike Moons?
5:30 – How a Crossfit injury led Mike to the world of acupuncture.
13:20 – What is acupuncture and how does it work?
23:00 – Mike talks about neurology and how this is the key piece of overlap between Eastern and Western Medicine.
29:00 – How does Mike explain the effectiveness of acupuncture to skeptical patients?
– How can you treat the right hand and get a response in the left?
37:15 – Mike discusses his approach to treatment and how he troubleshoots finding the root cause of symptoms
42:55 – Why you have to heat things up when you’re constipated and cool things down when you have IBS. What? Listen!
45:20 – Are dry needling and acupuncture the same thing?
46:10 – How to find a quality Acupuncturist vs. an acupuncture provider.
49:30 – The value of acupuncture for the chronic pain population (vs. other direct treatment options like chiro or dry needling)
51:20 – What can you expect if visiting an Acupuncturist for the first time?
52:40 – Mike’s book recommendations:
– The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk
55:00 – Mike’s daily self-care tool: Brush your teeth!… and we talk fancy flossing options.
56:40 – The one piece of health advice from Mike: It starts with education.
57:35 – Where you can find Mike
More about Mike:
Mike Moons started his career in health care in 2007 as a Registered Nurse in both ER and Gastroenterology medicine. After herniating several discs in his neck and finding that the western medical system couldn’t help him, he went on to study acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and now combines his knowledge and experience in neurology with Eastern Medicine and Acupuncture.
His main area of focus is treating Orthopaedics, sports injuries, pain (chronic/acute), neuropathies, chronic stress, post-concussion syndrome and sleep disorders. Mike is a big believer that people have the ability to heal themselves and his overriding goal is to help facilitate this process.
Mike can be found at Poke Acupuncture in Etobicoke, Ontario.
Connect with Mike:
Website: Poke Acupuncture and Rehabilitation
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