The ‘Barefoot Doctors’ Serving America's Cities

This is an interesting history of “community acupuncture” and Chinese medicine serving marginalized communities:

The use of Chinese medicine expanded in the 1970s, when the Black Panther Party, the Young Lords, and other activist groups started looking for an inexpensive way to provide health care for their members and to poor neighborhoods. According to Tolbert Small, who was the Panther’s medical advisor and physician, the poor and people of color were intentionally underserved by the United States government. “They have the worst statistics and mortality rates, which is still the case today,” he says. “These communities started providing free clinics for themselves since our government wasn’t interested.”

Here is a pod cast on acupuncture for infertility, another interesting application. Waiting for Baby Steven Mavros

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