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Welcome to my personal website. You can view pages on some of the different projects I’ve worked with over the years, including the setting up of Infinity Foods natural store back in the 1970s, the writing of Nature’s Foods – a simple natural foods cookbook in 1973, the founding of The Journal of Chinese Medicine in 1979 (see also the JCM facebook page), the co-authoring of A Manual of Acupuncture (published in 1988) and my most recent book Live Well Live Long about the Chinese nourishment of life tradition (yangsheng) published in 2016. I have also added pages about my long experience of qigong, my love of music (you can listen to a couple of tunes from The Matzos – a klezmer band I used to play in, and check out some Spotify playlists I’ve put together), plus some photos and info on my self-built yurt. And finally I’ve posted links to some of my writings, both academic and creative.

 

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  1. Hi Peter, I was excited when I came across the picture of you juggling on your website. I’ve been studying for my boards over the summer and juggling has been a great way for me to take a break from the books. Since acupuncture has been on my brain, I’ve been thinking about similarities of the skills required to juggle and practice acupuncture. The sense that I have of stillness while giving (and receiving) an acupuncture treatment is so similar to that which I experience while juggling. I feel like learning to juggle could have a lot of benefits to practitioners of acupuncture. I’m interested to know if you have any thoughts on this subject.

    Cheers, Jon

    • Hi Jon. My juggling days were mostly a long time ago but I do/did feel it’s good for hand/eye/brain co-ordination, left/right balance and fun. Plus it keeps teaching you that every next step which seems impossible gives way to practice. I juggled with Mazin Al-Khafaji – my co-author – and we both gave up when we reached the seeming brick wall of trying to pass clubs (to each other). It needed way more practice than we had time to give. best wishes Peter

  2. Good day sir. My name is Larry Ward, I am a Chiropractic Physician in Tulsa, Oklahoma/USA. I have been perfoming AcP since 2007, and took a certification course in St. Louis Mo. in which they recommended your co-authored text: “A Manual of Acupuncture”. I have poured over your text for several years now, and am thankful to have it as a reference. It is a truely amazing work- Thank you, and your co-authors for its applicable utilization.
    As I am researching an applicable use for a malady, I am remembered of a question I have had for a very long time, without an answer… I pose to you now.
    When listing points as you do in the reference manual, a picture of that “point” is shown to illustrate it. Is that considered unilateral utilization for the result listed as shown, or lateral to the side of responsiveness, or bilateral usage as noted for the condition…
    I would appreciate your clarity..
    Dr. L

    • Hi Larry. A common rule is needle the same side for unilateral disorders and bilateral for systemic disorders. However there are many occasions when contralateral needling is used, not least when the diseased area is too painful/inflamed etc. to needle.

  3. Jonathan

    I am a student @ AIMC in Berkeley. I am working on a tv show called Du20. I am working with Dennis von Elgg and David Curso and many others. Would you be interested in being interviewed about your fabulous book? Please email me.

  4. Rodrigo Lucero

    Hi Peter, I´m MD from Argentina, first i wanna give you -and your co-author- the thanks for your marvelous book, is a huge work, inspiratng and useful, and i wanna consult you if your editorial is gonna translate to the spanish language, im so grateful to your work that i really like to participate in translating, if you agree.
    Its such an honor can write in your page.!

    • Hi Rodrigo. No we have never been able to interest a publisher in a Spanish edition though the book is now in Portuguese. However we are (slowly) working on developing a Spanish version of the Manual iphone app. Peter

  5. Hi Peter,
    My name’s Tara and I currently practice in Kenya. I was wondering if you are ever going to be bringing out an android app for A Manual of Acu’ for us non Apple users. I find it such an invaluable reference tool but I work in various clinics around town and lugging the book all over the place is playing havoc with my back 🙂
    P.S. my five year old son is a huge fan – our standard bedtime routine consists of him selecting various exciting looking points from the text and me reading about them…..and what tantrums if, heaven forbid, I suggest a storybook instead.

    • Hi Tara. Great news about you son … I think quite few students find the book sends them to sleep too. The digital world is changing so fast I can’t keep up with what our developers are telling me so at the moment I’m not sure about the app, but I can say that the full digital Manual content (what is currently on the Manual DVDRom) is being revised and upgraded and from June (fingers crossed) will be available as a web-based application which means it will be accessible on any device which can go online (as long as broadband is available of course). Out of interest, the places you work – do you have broadband access? best wishes Peter

      • Hi Peter. Really pleased to hear you will be making the content available online. Apart from the JCM there are so few reliable Acu resources out there. There is broadband access available at one of the more swanky clinics where I practice but most of the time I have to use my phone as a portable hotspot and connect my laptop / tablet that way which works though download speeds are incredibly slow. Is the content going to be available through a subscription or a one off fee?

  6. Olaf Wiechmann

    Hi Peter, my Name is Olaf from Germany. I am studying Chinese medicine in a school of the AGTCM, which organize this big congress in Rothenburg every year. In school every teacher uses your book, so they tell us to do it too, because it should be the best one. So i tried it out and it is unbeliebable good! Thank you for your great work. But allow me one question. More and more students in our class are using ipads. I know there is an App, but do you plan to offer it in german language soon?i and all the others hope so. Thank you in advance for your great work.

    • Hi Olaf. Yes we are working on a German version of the app. If you’ve seen the English version you’ll know it’s a stripped-down version of the book … it has all the basic info, including images and point location videos, but does not include the commentaries. best wishes. Peter

  7. Amazingly, while I was still in high school I used to buy Infinity health products at Greenberg’s grocers on the lower east side of Manhattan (late 60’s). It was one of the only places to get macrobiotic products in those days, and Infinity was one of the major brands along with Lima. There were no US companies yet selling organics. I remember Infinity tahini as being excellent. I’ve kept up the macrobiotics until today. .

    • Well, here’s a confession. It must have been 1971 when a few of us went off for a weekend in the countryside, partly with the mission of finding a name for our upcoming retail business. We went through hundreds of possibilities but in the end Infinity Foods was the winner – even though we knew there was a business called that in the US. So I guess we plagiarised the name. Not sure if the USA Infinity still exists but here Infinity – as befits its name – seems to grow and grow.

      • No, the American Infinity didn’t last long at all. . .the owners discovered Scientology and that was the end of it. . around the time The Incredible String Band got into it. .

  8. Louisa Manchuk

    Hi Peter,
    I have heard so many wonderful things about you from my acupuncturist here in Alberta, Canada. I will be moving to London in September and asked her if she could recommend a good acupuncturist to me – she of-course mentioned you immediately; I am wondering if you still practise and if you do how I would go about making an appointment to see you and if not, if you could please recommend someone to me?
    Thank you very much for your time,
    Louisa

  9. Ioonah Woods

    Dear Peter,
    Many thanks for your book ‘Manual of Acupuncture’ … oh and infinity foods. Grateful for your influence. Thank you.

    I am a student at ICOM and heard your lecture at the conference last autumn, just a question relevant to my dissertation, which translation of the Guanzi Neiye 49 do you reccommend? My dissertation topic is on Jing.

    Ioonah

      • Ioonah Woods

        Many thanks, It is a fabulous text, very enjoyable to read. Meditating on this quality of vital essence and how this can be translated and understood in our culture, it is a very broad subject. I first found a different translation at SOAS library. Roth is a good one. Thank you

        Ioonah

  10. Hi there Peter. I would just like to say that my boyfriend picked up a copy of your book ‘Nature’s foods’ in a charity shop and I’ve just been reading it and could not resist finding out more about you and really wanted to just let you know how truly amazing I think this book is. It’s so simple, natural, to the point, and has given me lots of fantastic ideas regarding food. It’s a shame this book is out of print in some ways… I really think more people should be able to read it! Will this be possible? I’m only 27 years old and can see that you wrote the book in the 70s, but it seems so ahead of its time I guess, in some ways. I absolutely love it! And I guess my point in this message is just to thank you for writing such a beautiful book! Mia 🙂

    • Dear Mia
      You’ll think it strange getting a reply from me after all this time but I’ve only recently discovered that my website messages have not been getting through to me. I’m really pleased you like Nature’s Foods. In some ways it’s very dated but in others – as you say – ahead of its time. It has been reprinted recently and is available at https://www.jcm.co.uk/natures-foods.html
      best wishes, Peter

  11. Enrique Rodriguez M.D.

    HI Peter, I bought your acupuncture manual for my cell phone in february 2016. It was working fine until 2 weeks ago start with problems. I could not see the videos especially the ones concerning the stomach channels. Please help me.

  12. Sarah Schwartz

    Hi Peter,

    I’m currently doing a research project on Chinese Medicine. Would you mind sharing your credentials with me? I am supposed to critically evaluate my sources, one being The Journal of Chinese Medicine.

    Thanks,
    Sarah

  13. Tammy Shaw

    Hello Peter and Blessings.
    I came across an original 1973 copy of your book ,’Nature’s Food’, all hand bound.
    I’ve been reading with great interest.

    Kindest Regards

    Tammy

    • Hi Tammy. Well it’s very much of its time but its heart is in the right place.

      That’s one of the original ones – published by our local beatnik bookshop Unicorn Books.

      best wishes
      Peter

  14. Jenna

    Hello!
    Hope you are well
    I purchased the point location flashcards but my Lung meridian cards recently became damaged. I was wondering if it is possible to purchase a new set of cards for the individual meridian or would I have to purchase the whole set again?
    Thank you for your time
    -Jenna

    • Peter Deadman

      Hi Jenna. Apologies for the slow response. I think we might have some old sets here. Give us your email address and Susan can email you direct. Peter

  15. Karen Crowe

    Hello Peter, I have been given your name to contact to see if you can recommend an acupuncture clinic in Norwich Norfolk England to help me with a persistent cough. Acupuncture and reflexology have been suggested by my hospital consultant as an alternative medicine as they are unable to find a reason for the cough which I have had for a number of years now. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks Karen

  16. Dear Peter Deadman, after more searches I finally found a site willing and able to ship to me. I am looking forward to receiving you rwonderful book. Thank you for writing it. At least the difficulties in ordering your book helped me find your personal site. Greetings from Denmark

  17. Deni Cudic

    Hello Peter
    I’ve bought the App “A manual of Acupuncure”!
    I’m Austrian but got it in English few years ago.
    Is it possible to get it in German too ?
    Greets Deni

  18. Meagan Welch

    Hi Peter,

    I am an acupuncture student and purchased your app for my iPhone and found it extremely useful. I have recently switched phones to an android. Is there a way to get my already paid for app to download on my android without having to pay for the app again?
    Thanks!

  19. Hi, i purchased yr app for my laptop and enjoying it a lot as am a second year student of classical chinese medicine. How can i download it to my cellphone,android version?
    Thanks
    Noemie

  20. Helen

    Hello Peter – I hope you are well.

    I just bought your udemy course on qi gong – I think you said to put questions here you on your website?

    I have a question about something you said which I don’t understand – you said something like when doing qi gong that deep breaths should be encouraged but not forced and that forcing deep breaths can be dangerous. I don’t understand why this is? Should the qi gong movements just be done in time with my normal breath – which is quite quick. Normally I think I deliberately slow my breath somewhat and make myself breath deeper on purpose. Thanks in advance for explaining what you meant in a bit more detail.

    Helen

    • Peter Deadman

      Hi Helen. Slow breathing is what we are aiming for but it’s a question of how we get there that is important. The main thing is not to use force. You can purposely slow your breathing but only to a degree that is still within your comfort zone and don’t take it to the point where you are struggling for breath. Does that make it clearer? best, Peter

  21. Casey

    I am an American acupuncturist and my wife is Chinese. She loves reading your Manual of Acupuncture with me. Is this book by any chance available in Mandarin? or any other language? We have fun trying to translate from English to Chinese but the concepts would be easier for her if she could read it in her native Mandarin tongue. She also gives me new insights, being from China. So your book is a very fun part of our marriage! Bet you didn’t think this book would be a romantic influence on a couple when you wrote it 🙂

    • Peter Deadman

      Hi Casimir. Yes this is definitely a first but it’s great to hear. The book has been translated in part of fully into German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian, with Polish and Dutch translations underway. Unfortunately it’s not been translated into mandarin. It would be great if it was but when we last checked the cost would have been too high, especially since every classical quote and reference would have to have been located. best wishes, Peter

  22. Dinesh anand

    Hello peter
    I am from India and I am looking to buy your book manual of acupuncture and its like 142$ (14000 rupees) so is it this much costly or I am looking at a wrong store. Can you please recommend where to buy the book. Thank you

    • Peter Deadman

      Hi Wendy. No but I have heard it said about Renzhong DU-26 (Man’s Middle) as it’s said to be where Heaven and Earth meet. This roughly corresponds to where the tip of the tongue is held in qigong/meditation practice – supposedly to connect yin res Mai with Yang Du Mai. Peter

  23. Henrique A Pasquini

    Dear Deadman,
    My name is Adam, I am an acupuncturist and professor of Acupuncture in Brazil (Brazilian College of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine). I use your wonderful book (along with Al-Khafaji and Baker) MANUAL OF ACUPUNCTURE. However I have a question regarding the location of point GB39. In all the books I have had the opportunity to study, this point is located tangentiating the anterior margin of the fibula and my students always question me because in your book it is located in the posterior margin. Could you elaborate on this?
    Thank you for your attention and thank you for this important contribution to Acupuncture in the world.

    Sorry for my poor English.

    Regards,

    Henrique Adam Pasquini
    Physiotherapist specializing in Acupuncture
    International Acupuncture Doctor Accreditation (WFAS / WHO)
    Master and Doctorate in Health Psychology
    Professor of the Brazilian College of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine – São Paulo / Brazil

    • Peter Deadman

      Dear Henrique.
      Good to ‘meet’ you … and thanks for the kind comments.

      Two observations …
      1. Needling posterior to the fibula is a bit more difficult and could be called a more advanced technique with the advantage of inducing powerful deqi. The needle has to pass between bone and tendon (angled posteriorly to miss the bone) and then straightened. If the patient moves their foot, the needle can bend dramatically. Needling anterior is more straightforward.
      2. At the deep level, the tips of both needles could end up close to each other – if the point is needled anterior to the bone but the needle is then directed posteriorly.
      best wishes

      Peter

  24. Hi Peter! I am a TCM practitioner in Toronto, Canada. I am writing a graduate thesis on the multi-bed clinic model. An article you wrote for the JCM in June 2012 about community acupuncture (in response to Lisa Rohleder) made a strong impression on me.

    I would be honored to interview you for my thesis. I am particularly interested in your experience with different clinic models, your thoughts on the forms of study and practice that our field benefits best from, and what you called the challenge to combine the practical benefits of community models with the time and focus needed to foster an enriching practice of Chinese medicine.

    Thank you and I hope to hear from you.
    Henry

    • Peter Deadman

      Hi henry
      Happy to answer your questions. Let’s do it by email. You can contact me at: peter@jcm.co.uk
      best
      Peter
      PS: have you read the article in the last issue of the JCM on the Source Point clinic?

  25. Dear Mr. Deadman,
    Your acupuncture book got me through acupuncture school and is still my go-to reference as an acupuncturist, now in my 11th year of practice. So thank you for your time, energy and devotion to our profession, in all the many ways thats been evident.
    I’m writing because I am making a presentation on acupuncture for women’s health at the upcoming (Sept. 23rd) Tristate Conference for Nurse Midwives. My hope is that I might have your permission to use the images from your book/app during my power point presentation that illustrate the location of about 5-10 acupuncture points to be used during childbirth. I feel that the illustrations in your book/app are far superior to those others I could find and would help to solidify and clarify their locations to people unfamiliar with acupuncture.

    I appreciate your consideration!

    Sincerely,
    Hope

    • Peter Deadman

      Dear Hope
      Thanks for the email. You are welcome to use the images for this purpose.
      Thanks for asking.
      hope it goes well
      Peter

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  27. Love your acupuncture book and now your website.
    I am an acupuncturist and psychologist.
    I have an interest in writing a book on the use of essential oils on acupuncture points.
    Would like to use your point drawings for my writing and interested in the correct procedure to request permission to use your drawings.
    Appreciate your help.

    • Peter Deadman

      Hi Brenda
      Thanks for the contract. We receive very many requests to use our illustrations so the principle we follow is that we allow use of specific images for non-profit projects but not for any work that is to be sold. So for that reason I’m afraid we cannot give permission in this case. thanks Peter

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