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Acupuncture clinic helps night owls mellow out

By Trey Bundy, San Francisco Chronicle, May 18, 2009

It’s called a wince point. When Deb Follingstad runs a little metal rod along someone’s outer ear, she often finds a spot that makes the person grimace, which tells her whether the lungs or liver could use some TLC.

As an acupuncturist and doctor of Chinese medicine, Follingstad has great faith in wince points – tongues and pulses, too.

“They’re kind of our eyeballs on the body,” she says, “our X-rays.”

A longtime denizen of San Francisco’s music scene, Follingstad has started a Monday afternoon acupuncture clinic in her Bernal Heights flat to help bartenders, cocktail waitresses and others who spend their weekends working late hours in nightclubs detox from what can be a booze-fueled grind. Pitting 5,000-year-old techniques against 21st century toxins works well, she says, and the group setting feels more like a day off than a trip to the doctor.

“It’s me giving back to my music people who work really hard and party really hard,” she says. “I don’t want to see them hurt.”

Congrats on the great article, Deb! Best of luck in your practice!

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