What is Acupuncture/TCM? Illness, pain and other imbalances of the body’s vital energy, or Qi, can be corrected through herbs and the insertion of needles into points on the body. Learn about traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture & Chinese alternative healing medicine herbs here at All Things Healing. Contact our editors about acupuncture healing & other alternative healing medicines online today! Spiritual & Healing Practices: Acupuncture Healing Though considered to be an alternative healing medicine practice, acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (or TCM), and other such Eastern healing practices have found their way into the Western world and other Asian countries outside of China. Consequently, acupuncture healing and wellness clinics have proliferated even in the most modern of places all over the world.    In the U.S., acupuncture, TCM, and other alternative healing medicine practices are integrated with Western medicine because there are laws regulating the practice of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.    Acupuncture healing is a centuries’ old Chinese medical practice which involves the insertion (hence, “puncture”) of needles into specific points on the body, and then manipulating said needles to stimulate the flow of energy in the body. It has been found to be effective for therapeutic and pain relief purposes; thus, its growing popularity.    According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture points are located along certain “meridians” of the body which when stimulated by needles can free the flow of blocked “energy”. Blockages in the flow of energy are believed to be caused by many lifestyle factors, including food intake, a person’s state of mind, state of spiritual wellbeing, etc.    Meridians are described as interconnected “points” across the anatomy which correspond with and affect specific organs of the body. This forms the foundation of other healing alternatives, such as reflexology, acupressure, etc. Acupuncture, TCM, and other alternative healing medicine take into account the wellness, not just of the body, but of the mind and spirit. In this sense, acupuncture healing is holistic healing.

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by Sara Calabro

Acupuncturists do more than just poke people with needles. They use non-needling techniques, such as moxibustion and cupping, and some prescribe herbs...


Editor´s Note: Sara posed a great question to acupuncturists around the country: 'What is the one thing you wish your patients did to be healthier?' Read on for the 12 great tips revealed!




by Cathy Margolin

Millions of kilos of this herb are sold throughout Asia every year, yet most Americans have never heard of it. It is Astragalus Membranaceous, also know as Huang Qi, and it’s one of the greatest immune boosting, fatigue fighting herbs in the world...


Editor's Note: Here's a nice introduction to Huang Qi, Astragalus, a qi tonic and immune boosting herb in Chinese herbology, commonly used world wide.



by Sara Calabro, LAc

In acupuncture theory, each sense has a corresponding organ. The organ associated with sight is Liver, so a Liver imbalance often is suspected in people who seek acupuncture for poor vision. However, although the Liver is at least partially implicated in the majority of eye-related cases, it doesn’t always tell the whole story...


Editor's Note: Few people think about Chinese medicine for treatment of eye diseases, but we do effectively treat many eye conditions. Here Sara Calabro, acupuncturist and journalist discusses treating the eye with Chinese medicine.



by Stacy Lazar

On the quest for total body health and wellness, we’ll inevitably be met with new tips and terms along the way. And while the Chinese therapy known as gua sha may be widely known among Eastern medical practitioners, at least among us Westerners, some may be less aware...


Editor´s Note from Julia Sanfilippo: This article explains the benefits and uses of a Chinese medicine modality called gua sha. In conjunction with acupuncture and herbs, this technique can effectively treat many conditions such as muscle soreness, scoliosis, and pain. Ask your acupuncturist if it can be beneficial for you!




Editor´s Note: I absolutely love this! Pets are showcased getting alternative treatments such as physical therapy, hydrotherapy, and acupuncture. Pet owners give great testimonials of how effective acupuncture is for their pet's ailments. The proof is definitely in the pudding!



by Steve Alpern

Modern Chinese medical theory is based on the zangfu (vital and hollow organs), especially as they generate, distribute, and manage the physical humors that conduct life (qi, blood, fluids).Practitioners learn to differentiate excesses and deficiencies of those humors relative to one or more of the zangfu, and formulate treatment strategies that counter those manifest imbalances.Most diagnostic patterns reference zang which contain influences, rather than fu which conveythem through the individual. The primary channels function as extensions of the zangfu, and are treated with acupuncture or moxa to address their imbalances...




Editor's Note from Julia Sanfilippo: This is a very informative video for patients and their partners on instruction of massaging certain acupressure points for labor induction. Hilary Talbott, the acupuncture physician in the video, explains the location and function of these points along with a helpful at-home tip for a natural labor induction.



from CBS News

It's estimated that after a year of trying to conceive, 10 percent of American couples are unable to get pregnant on their own.

The vast majority of them turn to traditional fertility treatments for help, but a growing number are also trying alternative therapies, including acupuncture, says Saturday Early Show's Dr. Mallika Marshall...




Editor's Note: This ABC News video discusses how acupuncture relieves pain.



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Editor's Note: This moving documentary tells the story of Devin Dearth, a 40 year old man who suffered a major stroke and his families' search to find health care. His journey ends up taking him to China to explore TCM and acupuncture as an alternative to traditional care in the US. See his brother's description of why he produced this documentary (Doug Dearth) on YouTube.



by Tom Leichardt, DMQ (China)

Qigong practice can have very powerful physical benefits, which may include the correction of long standing disease patterns and health complications. In our modern scientific age, many researchers are becoming interested in Qigong and some testing of its effectiveness is available for review...


Editor's Note: Chinese Inner Alchemy & Medical Qigong is a 10 part series. Read Part 1: Qigong Introduced, Part 2: Three Regulations of Qigong, Part 3: The Great Dao.


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by Milos Bang

Most of Eastern Philosophy and Medicine comes from observing Nature and the Universe. Ancient Chinese realized early that most things in Nature are cyclical and by observing the human body’s patterns, established that our own energy (Qi) also moves on daily and on annual cycles.


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