ACUPUNCTURE/TCM
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.

Introduction to Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine
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by Sherry Baker

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects up to 10 percent of women during their child-bearing years -- and it's a disorder that causes a host of heartbreaking problems. PCOS is the result of eggs that don't mature and are not released from the ovaries. Instead, small ovarian cysts form, wrecking the balance of a woman's sex hormones...

 

Editor's Note: Over the past several years, there have been numerous favorable research studies showing the effectiveness of acupuncture for infertility. This article focuses on using acupuncture and exercise to regulate hormone imbalances due to poly cystic ovarian syndrome.

 

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Editor's Note: This story includes commentary from an acupuncturist, reproductive endocrinologist, and pregnant acupuncture patient.
 

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by Thomas Garran

Albizia julibrissin (合欢) is a commonly used herb in Chinese medicine to calm the spirit. Both the flower and bark are used, and they are both used to calm the spirit, but they also have some differences...


Editor’s Note:
Albizia is one of my favorite herbs to use clinically. Patients with depression notice a sense of calm and inspiration. Acupuncture helps a lot with depression as well, but if I had my back to the wall I'd pick albizia.

 

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by Sara Calabro, LAc

"I had been on many different medications over the years. The only one I ever found to be truly effective was lithium, but the side effects were debilitating. The medications made me so sick. With bipolar, you’re not always out of balance, so it gets to a point where the problem is more often the medication than the disease..."


Editor's Note: This interview gives a patient's perspective and experience of receiving acupuncture, and its effectiveness in treating bipolar disorder.

 

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Editor's Note: This video from Duke University Medical Center shows how acupuncture reduces post surgical complications due to anesthesia and helps to control pain.

 

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by Melissa Sokulski, LAc

Cold and flu season is upon us. Traditional Chinese Medicine has effective time-tested techniques which boost immunity and protect us from colds or the flu. Points can be needled and herbal formulas can be given to balance the body's energy, strengthen the body and even speed recovery if one does come down with symptoms...

 

Editor's Note: Chinese medicine offers ways to both prevent and treat colds and flu.

 

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by Kath Bartlett, MS, LAc,

In the autumn & winter season, when the weather chills, yin dominates. Yin & yang are polar opposites. Yang is upward, warm, sun, male, activity, etc. Yin is female, dark, quiescence, deep, downward, cool. Spring and summer are yang seasons, and fall and winter are yin seasons. Root vegetables, which grow downward, deep in the cool earth nourish yin, so Chinese dietary advice recommends eating them in the fall & winter...

 

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by Michael Ishii

Today, though a cure is not currently known for the HIV virus strains, within Eastern medicine there exist principles to strengthen the immune system, expel pathogens and attempt to keep the person living with HIV in good health. Eastern medicine can play a very powerful adjunct and supportive role in the care of people living with the HIV virus...

 

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by Arthur Rosenfeld

Hawaiians refer to it as mana, the Greeks called it pneuma, the Japanese call it ki, yogis know it as prana, devout Christians might think of it as the Holy Ghost, martial artists know it is energy, and my 10-year-old son insists it the ineffable force that lends atoms awareness of themselves. Spelled qi (pronounced 'chee') in pinyin Chinese (otherwise ch'i), it is the root currency of Traditional Chinese Medicine, that energy that TCM practitioners manipulate to fight disease and assure health...

 

Editor's Note: This article describes how we can experience Qi in our everyday life.

 

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by Alan Jansson

Just about everyone has heard that acupuncture is good for pain, headaches, lower back problems etc.

But few, including many of my colleagues in Acupuncture and Allied Modalities realize how potent skillfully applied acupuncture can be in promoting better health and in the case of Olympic Gold Medalist Emma Snowsill, a way of recapturing her competitive mojo...

 

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by Kath Bartlett

Today I picked up a book that's been on my shelf for some 15 years or so. I use it for reference and read it occasionally, "Staying Healthy With Nutrition" by Elson Haas, MD. It's a comprehensive book about diet and nutrition that I highly recommend. A newer, 2006 edition is now out, but much of the information presented still feels current, though dosage recommendations for nutritional supplements has likely changed, and I’m sure the section on water has been updated...

 

 

 

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Body Clock

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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