Dr. Ragsdale Interviews with VoyageLA

Dr. Ragsdale of 1000 Folded Cranes Acupuncture  Interviews with Voyage LA

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.

My story starts as most do– lost in a cave in the Indian Himalayas. I spent fourteen years crisscrossing the world, first by my lonesome, then with a wife and finally two kids alongside, but it was in that cave at the beginning of my wanderings where I was introduced to the magic of Asian medicine in the guise of a little tea-wallah who moonlighted as a master botanist and herbalist. Watching this dude wax poetic on plants as medicine; on energy as healing; on touch as a delivery system for physiological change–I was smitten.

When I came down off the mountain, I stumbled around the holy city of Varanasi for a few months devouring Indian medical and philosophy. I was going to be an Ayurvedic Doctor… until I wasn’t. Succumbing once more to the siren call of the road, I found myself in Taipei, Taiwan. It was during those six years where my haphazard affinity for “stuff” Asiatic crystalized into both a beautiful life-partner and a passion for Chinese Medicine. Naturally, I then left the “Orient” to study Oriental Medicine in that bastion of holistic health, Santa Cruz, California. (See full story at VoyageLA.com).