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Brian B. Carter, MS, LAc

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Brian B. Carter, MS, LAc

Licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist, Teacher, Author


Since 1999, Brian Carter has been helping people improve their lives with alternative medicine therapies.



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About Brian Carter - Complete Information - Full Bio

Brian Benjamin Carter, M.Sci, L.Ac. has focused more on writing for the public about Chinese medicine than any other author. Most importantly, Carter possesses the three key criteria that qualify an author to write to the public about Chinese medicine:

  1. Experience writing to the general public, knowledge of their concerns, and a genuine interest in their well-being,
  2. Access to experts with diverse specialties and experience, and
  3. A thorough and broad formal education in Oriental Medicine.

Experience Writing to the General Public, Knowledge of their Concerns, and a Genuine Interest in their Well Being:

In addition to founding The Pulse of Oriental Medicine, and writing 500 of its 600+ articles, Carter is a columnist for Acupuncture Today, has written for Massage & Bodywork magazine, is a consultant to national media including Glamour and ESPN magazines, and has been interviewed by freelance journalists for Glamour and Christian Singles magazines.

Carter has corresponded with more individuals from more countries with a greater variety of concerns than any other writer on this topic. Because of the interactive nature of the Pulse Website, he has answered hundreds of his readers' health questions; he receives questions from readers everyday, many of which he has created articles about for the site. Over the last six years, he has written more than 150,000 words to more than 1 million readers on his Pulse of Oriental Medicine Website. With this focused audience, he has had to consistently emphasize readability and comprehension.

Brian's, Powerful Body, Peaceful Mind: How to Heal Yourself with Foods, Herbs, and Acupressure. is available from Amazon.com (Powerful Body, Peaceful Mind Paperback ) and Booklocker.com (Paperback or E-book).

Carter is prolific; in addition to publishing his own newsletter, he consistently sends out press releases to major media on important Chinese medicine issues, gives and receives interviews, and writes articles in a variety of magazines and on Websites including Massage & Bodywork, Acupuncture Today, KC Wellness magazine, Hertopia.com, Acupuncture.com, and The-Vu.com.

Carter is an accomplished public speaker with successful radio-interviews and public appearances under his belt. As a speaker, he combines warmth and an obvious passion for medicine and healing, with the courage to "call it like he sees it." Depending on the context, you might call him the "Bernie Siegel," "Dr. Phil," or "Ralph Nader," of Chinese Medicine.

Carter is a consumer health advocate; his first loyalty is to the public's well being. When Western medicine, diet, or other supplements are best, he says so. Where Chinese medicine is weak or needs work, he admits it. When acupuncture or herbs are better, he says so.

Access to Experts with Diverse Specialties and Experience:

  • Each month in his Acupuncture Today column, Carter interviews a Chinese medicine practitioner with a unique style or emphasis.
  • He edits the work of numerous Chinese medicine writers both for the Pulse of Oriental Medicine and their own books.
  • He networks with medical acupuncturists, research scientists, Western medical MD's, Chinese translators, naturopaths, and chiropractors, and maintains regular contact with them.

A Thorough and Broad Formal Education in Oriental Medicine:

Carter is a California trained and licensed acupuncturist (California is the state with the highest standards of Chinese Medicine education and licensure) with a Master's of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. His writing is based on both Chinese medical tradition and Western medical research.

He is currently editing the English edition of a book on Modern Chinese herbal formulas by Philippe Sionneau, the best-known European Chinese medicine scholar. In addition to maintaining his own Chinese medicine practice, Carter carries on the Chinese mentorship tradition by studying acupuncture under Robert Chu, L.Ac. (Los Angeles), and herbal medicine under Philippe Sionneau, L.Ac. (Spain).

What Medical Experts Say About Brian Carter and his Online Publication, The Pulse of Oriental Medicine:

  • Steve Mavros, L.Ac., founder of TCMStudent.com, says, "The more I read your site the more impressed I am, because it seems like you do ALL the work and writing. Nice job! Glad to see others putting their hearts into acupuncture on the web."
  • Bob Flaws, Founder of Blue Poppy Press, famous author of 75 books and scores of articles on Chinese Medicine says, "The Pulse is a useful resource for students and practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. It is attractively designed, easy to navigate, and continually expanding in content. Its webmaster, Brian Carter, seems to be both enthusiastic and very well-intentioned."
  • James Kimber Rotchford, MD, MPH, founder AcuBriefs.com said (about a review article for MD's of acupuncture research since the NIH Consensus Statement), "It was a great review… impressive really. I actually called attention to it in my February (2003) AcuBriefs newsletter. You clearly have a talent for writing and an ability to pull out of the literature much of the essential. Bravo!"
  • Honora Lee Wolfe, L.Ac., author and CEO of Blue Poppy Press, says, "The Pulse of Oriental Medicine is a useful service to the profession of acupuncture and to anyone who wants to know more about what Chinese medicine may offer to improve their health and well-being. Keep up the good work!"

What Chinese Medicine Practitioners Say About Brian Carter and The Pulse:

  • "I am in awe of the superb materials you are publishing... the level of excellence and professionalism... Great stuff, love the information and appreciate your hard work"
  • "I've been receiving your e-mail newsletter now for several issues and I think it's great! As a matter of fact, I'm printing out several of the articles from this issue to include in my new patient information packet that I am putting together. I've just forwarded the newsletter to about 125 other professionals on my e-mail list. Keep up the good work!"
  • "What a difference you are making by educating the lay person and other doctors in Oriental medicine. Keep up the great work."
  • "What outstanding writing and organization. I think that it is an excellent publication."
  • "I am a newly licensed acupuncturist and I want to tell you how much I appreciate the Pulse and the Being Well newsletter. Your writing style never ceases to amaze me - it covers the issues in a straightforward, very professional yet easy-to-understand format. You explain things in the same manner that I try to educate my patients - although in a more organized (and complete) way than I am able to! Thank you so very much for your time and your loving dedication to our profession."
    What Carter's Readers Say About Brian Carter and The Pulse:
  • "Thank you so much for the time you have spent on this to educate people on another method of treatment."
  • "I am so excited by your site because it offered so much useful information. I will certainly be visiting your site often. You have already made the favorites list on my computer."
  • "Thank you so much for the email! I love you!!!"
  • "THE PULSE flows right to the heart of the alternative medicine community. Exceedingly useful and revealing information presented to soothe and lift your spirit. There is no alternative to this alternative publication."
  • "It's been great to read the newsletter. You're so knowledgeable, the articles are really well-written and I can tell you've found something you really love to do."
  • "Hello! I have been an avid reader of your newsletter It's one of my favorites."
  • "Brian, that Website is awesome."
  • "Hi Brian, Thank you for the newsletter. I learned something and reinforced some of my beliefs. I'll look forward to the next one."

What general public readers of the Pulse Website have said on the left side of the Archives page of our Free Alternative Health Ezine.

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