Collective wisdom about Chinese medicine business realities

As many of you know, I teach the business course at NCNM.  We just finished up with our first term together.  It was quite an experience.  We dug into our feelings about money, the global economic system, the realities of being in private practice and plenty more.  Next term, we’re getting a little more acquainted with the (sometimes boring) details of being in business.

I considered having a bunch of guest speakers come to the class.  After all, I have only one perspective on this business thing – despite my diligent efforts to read widely and learn often.  Wouldn’t it be great – I thought – to get a bunch of practitioners in to talk about how they do things?  Unfortunately, getting practitioners lined up for class visits is difficult.  Everyone is busy, and schedules don’t often sync up.

It occurred to me that I could use my old friend the Internet to solve yet another time-space discontinuity problem.  Ask a variety of practitioners questions and serve them on the Chinese Medicine Central site, and let everybody benefit!  I’m still looking for folks to contribute their wisdom – do get in touch if you would like to be included.  I’m particularly interested in hearing from people outside the US, or using unusual business models, or with life experience that is out of the ordinary.  But, anybody can apply.  🙂

If you would like to read through the questions and answers, learn more about the practitioners who contributed, and learn more about getting involved – you can get started by visiting the Chinese Medicine Business – Questions Answered page.  Then come back here and let me know how you enjoyed it!

About Eric Grey

Hi - I'm the founder of this site and the primary master of all functions here. When I'm not writing, you can find me reaching out to the Chinese Medicine community across the web and in my own backyard. I currently teach Chinese herbs at my alma mater, the National College of Natural Medicine. Additionally, I'm the founder of Watershed Wellness, a thriving local clinic in Southeast Portland in Oregon. No matter where I'm working, you'll find my focus on the Classical approach to Chinese medicine laced throughout everything I do.

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