A Q&A with City Acupuncture Circle Founder JoseLo Guitierrez
Q: Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and what it is you do?
Q: Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and what it is you do?
We are part of a community of parents from the Waldorf School of Cuernavaca, who in response to the earthquake of September 19th in Morelos, Mexico, organized ourselves to offer personal and direct help to families affected.Thanks to the independent and transparent nature of our effort, people and civic organizations alike have joined us in our initiative. We invite you to take part and support REBUILDING TOGETHER in Mexico.
Hueyapan is an indigenous Nahua community, at the base of the beloved Popocatepetl volcano in the Eastern part of Morelos, with a population of close to 6500 people dedicated primarily to agriculture and the weaving of textiles
Here, and in the small neighboring pueblos, at the epicenter of the earthquake, is where for the moment, we are concentrating our energy, love, and support. Just three days after the earthquake, we had established two base camps in Hueyapan and over the last two weeks we have cleared the rubble from over 40 houses of the more than 135 houses that were damaged or completely destroyed in the earthquake. We have channeled 50 tons of material support – in the form of water, household supplies and building materials – to Hueyapan and the other communities where our parents are volunteering. In Jojutla, a town that was devastated by the earthquake, a dedicated group of parents have set up community kitchens and are working with the local business people to begin to clear roads and jumpstart the local economy.
Right now, the focus is on rebuilding sustainable, ecologically minded homes for those who have been displaced. Though many have focused on delivering material supplies, it has become clear that money donations at this point are the most helpful as it allows those on site, the chance to purchase exactly what is needed, and support local businesses in the process.
This has been life shattering experience for many, but in turn, the country has risen to the challenge, as has our community and network of friends. We feel it is our responsibility to lift up our neighbors, as much as we feel it is a gift to be able to do so. Solidarity is a natural response, and a beautiful one.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for taking part. Any and all donations make a difference.
The Karitas Foundation is helping us to receive funds from people and organizations in the US and offer tax deductible receipts.
You can make a contribution via Paypal at:
Or make a bank transfer to:
Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
Bank: TD Bank
Address: 1900 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA
ABA/Routing Number: 036001808
Account number: 36400389
Reference: REBUILDING TOGETHER – Waldorf Community of Cuernavaca
Once you make a donation, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, amount donated and date of donation, so a tax deductible receipt can be prepared.
We and the communities of Mexico thank you for your support.
There’s been many reasons for feeling very ungrounded lately. Hurricanes, earthquakes, tragedies, political upheaval… it can feel overwhelming when there seems to be so much we need to do to just keep our head and heart above water. The thing we often forget though, is that to really be of service to others, we need to keep the foundations of health strong in ourself so that we have fuel to work with. Here are 5 simple recommendations for staying grounded in tumultuous times, so that we can be effective forces for change and support.
Last month JoseLo was featured on Empire Radio Now, speaking about City Acupuncture Circle, how he got into acupuncture, what he’s interested in now, and what he wants to do in the future!
Find the link here or listen below!
Licorice is one of the most widely used herbs in the world, and likely the most commonly used herb in Chinese medicine today. Why is this? Well, simply put, it’s a very likable herb. Licorice is like the person you meet for the first time and immediately feel you’re best friends. It’s the herb in the room that makes everyone a little nicer, a little more harmonious. It does this because it is very mild and sweet, and yet so wise and effective. We now carry licorice sticks at CAC – a traditional remedy of chewing on the root until all that is left is the fibrous remains. So, why would you want to chew on licorice?
It would take a long time to list all of the healing properties of licorice. Part of the beauty of this plant and why it is so effective is that it makes everything around it work better. It brings out the best in our digestive system, our detoxification system, our adrenal system. It’s that little dose of medicine when you need things to move a little smoother in your life.
Come in and ask us about our licorice sticks and see if you can benefit from this plant. Licorice should be avoided if you’re pregnant, have hypertension, liver disorder, edema, low blood potassium, or heart disease.
We are excited to announce that we are now offering Chinese herbs to patients at City Acupuncture Circle!
Chinese herbs are a safe and effective modality for addressing conditions ranging from allergies and sleep issues to fibroids and back pain. Like acupuncture, herbs have been used for centuries with their use being refined and developed over time.
Our herbs are sold as granules, which is a powdered form of the herb that dissolves in hot water. This is an extremely simple and effective way to take herbs. All herbs are purchased from reputable sellers and are free of heavy metals, pesticides, and other pollutants.
Chinese herbs also compliment acupuncture treatments very well. On days that you cannot come get acupuncture, herbs can be taken to extend and strengthen the efficacy of acupuncture treatments. Read about how herbs are being studied extensively for their clinical efficacy, including the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize for medicine, whose research explored how a Chinese herb helps to treat malaria and other infectious diseases.
Our new acupuncturists, Geoff Edwards and Nancy Xiang, as well as Seth Shamon, all have extensive training in the use of herbs and can recommend a formula for you. Come in and ask about it at your next treatment!
This month, CAC’s acupuncturist, Seth, & office manager, Hannah, traveled to beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida for the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA) yearly 3-day conference. POCA is the organization behind the creation and support of community acupuncture clinics, including City Acupuncture Circle.
We attended several classes a day on how to best run a community acupuncture clinic, clinical recommendations for community acupuncturists, and the social justice aspects of providing affordable medicine. Some stand-out classes included, “People’s History of Community Acupuncture,” which detailed the forgotten history of the unexpected role of the Black Panther party in bringing acupuncture to the fore-front in America (see this article for a bit more information), “Pediatrics in Community Acupuncture,” and “Trauma Informed Care.”
Just in time for CAC offering herbs to patients, we attended a class which included lots of tips for how to integrate an herbal program into a community acupuncture setting. Come in and ask about our new herbal offerings and look out for a future blog post with more information!
Clinics, acupuncturists, patients, and supporters can all become POCA members to support better access to acupuncture to all. This month POCA is holding a membership drive for discounted prices to support this fantastic organization that is doing so much to make acupuncture accessible to all people.
This Sunday, JoseLo Gutierrez L.Ac., will be holding a lecture at EPIC YOGA (up the street from City acupuncture Clinic on 1323 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036) to explore these questions through a stimulating presentation and discussion.
We’ll talk about the basic history and theory of acupuncture, including yin/yang theory, the Five Elements, and the meridian system.
You will leave not only with a better understanding of why your tight shoulders feel better after treatment, but also how that relates to why you feel lighter and more positive in your spirit and emotions.
We’ll focus on what Chinese medicine has to say about Springtime and how to align ourselves with this season for good health and harmonious emotions.
DC Licensed Acupuncturist wanted!
We provide top quality community acupuncture care to a vibrant, multi-diverse population in downtown DC. Our clinic requires a flexible practitioner who is quick on their feet, sharp in mind and open at heart, all with the highest ethical standards.
Half shifts and full shifts available.
Inquire about details, including pay and benefits.