Are psychiatric treatments, experts, and medications the best way for traumatized communities to heal their mental health problems? Could indigenous practices, including traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, offer a different way forward — through grassroots community development?
Madness Radio’s Will Hall explores these questions in his podcast “Borderlands Acupuncture” airing December 8, 2016. Hall joined the Barefoot Acupuncture Movement during our 2016 Immersion in Mexico, where we trained local health workers in the NADA ear acupuncture (acudetox) protocol.
During the Immersion, he interviewed Herman Garcia, the Vice President and Ryan Bemis Founder of Crossroads Community Supported Healthcare (DBA Barefoot Acupuncture Movement (BAM)).
The full podcast can be heard here: https://www.madnessradio.net/borderlands-acupuncture-herman-garcia-ryan-bemis-madness-radio/
BAM offers practical skills training to local healers in the violence-stricken communities of Ciudad Juarez and Sierra Tarahumara, Mexico. Joined by health promotors Maria de Jesus, Sister Maria de Rosario Cordova, and Gloria of the Rahrami indigenous group, they discuss supporting communities harmed by the War on Drugs, severe poverty, and inequality.
Thanks to Cynthia Pompa for the translation.