I am a simple man, with simple goals. I want to learn classical Chinese medicine as best I can and to run the most fulfilling service-based acupuncture practice possible. CMC exists to share my passion for both with the worldwide community of acupuncture students, practitioners and enthusiasts.
Welcome – I’m Eric Grey, MS, LAc – founder, writer and teacher here at CMC. I live in Astoria, OR on the beautiful West Coast of the US
I started the site in 2006 as a new student at National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM, then NCNM). I wanted to use blogging technology as a way to keep a diary of my explorations in the medicine as it was all so new to me. Over time, I found that people enjoyed reading what I wrote, and the engagement that came from those experiences really energized me as a student.
Late in my education, when I was fully immersed in the beautiful world of classical Chinese herbalism, I decided to try my hand at teaching an online course – the Shennong Relational Herb Learning Method. While there are many things I would have changed about how I did that course, looking back, the experience actually introduced me to my love of teaching. I still teach at NUNM, though very very part-time now, and teaching continues to be one of my primary passions.
As my practice and life got busy, I had less time to write on the site. I was fortunate, however, to be connected to a variety of smart, well-written folks that agreed to help produce content.
The following folks have been instrumental in keeping the site alive, adding their unique thoughts and experiences to the content here:
- Jonathan Edwards
- Brandon Brown
- G. Michael Reynolds
- Tim Nelson
- Sunjae Lee
- A smattering of other practitioners, and several of my students, have also contributed here and there.
New in 2019, I have a new collaborator – Joshua Park, DSOM, LAc who also practices with me at the Portland office of Watershed Wellness. He is currently working his way through an epic series looking at the little known classical text, the Tangye jing. You can get started with that series here.
What am I up to right now? I have been hard at work building Watershed Wellness into a thriving practice that can operate without my hands constantly on the rudder. It’s still a work in progress, but going very well. You can imagine I’ve learned a lot over the last 10 years of building a practice, teaching acupuncturists and doing my best to engage with our Profession on every level. To that end, starting in 2019 I’m going to be writing about business, practice management, life as an acupuncturist – and all that is related to those topics. I’m also going to be launching my Acupuncture Business Basic Training series of courses in Q1 of 2019. Exciting stuff!
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