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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Editor's Note from Julia Sanfilippo: What better way to promote acupuncture than doing it myself?! This segment explains the use of facial acupuncture as a safe, natural, and effective alternative to BOTOX and cosmetic surgery. I was so excited to be a part of this story because it gave me a chance to educate people on the vast benefits and uses of this amazing ancient medicine.



Jeremy Rothenberg, LAc

Jeremy Rothenberg, a nationally certified diplomate in oriental medicine and a nationally licensed acupuncturist, says that amid increasing doubts about the safety of prescription sleeping pills, acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been found to provide a safe and effective treatment for insomnia and sleep disorders...


Editor's Note from Julia Sanfilippo: Good quality sleep is a crucial aspect to overall health and well-being. Jeremy's article cites some great sleep studies involving the side effects of sleeping pills versus the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbs to naturally treat sleep disorders. This article is great for people who like to see statistics and evidence that Chinese medicine does indeed work!




Editor's Note from Julia Sanfilippo: Integrative medicine at it's finest. A US hospital combines Eastern and Western medicine in this news segment about a breast cancer patient unable to take pain medication during surgery. I love how the surgeon has a mind-body approach and recognizes the benefit of offering acupuncture not only before or after surgery, but during the surgery itself! Amazing.




by Ziki Dekel, LAc

In the nearly 35 years since acupuncture was popularized in the United States a great deal of research has been done to investigate the scientific basis for acupuncture and herbal medicine. The most commonly held group of theories as to how acupuncture works suggest that acupuncture has a direct effect on the human nervous system, and that by modulating the patient's central nervous system, a therapeutic result is achieved...



by Eyton J. Shalom, MS, LAc

Winter is the time associated with long nights and short days, with cold in the sky, and moisture on land. It is the time when the energy of many plants is deep in their roots. It is normal for human beings to learn from animals and plants, and to imitate them. Winter is a time to send our energies into our own roots; it is normal to sleep a bit more, to eat some heavier warming food, to gain a bit of weight that we shed in Spring...


Editor's Note from Kirsten Van Nostran: This article includes some Chinese medicine tips for getting through winter.



by Karen Vaughan, LAc, Registered Herbalist (AHG)

Many women respond to single herbs or single formulas in their quest to get pregnant.  A strong overnight infusion of red clover, or red clover mixed with nettles and oatstraw has pushed many women over the brink from infertility to fertility.  This seems to work best when a little extra nourishment is needed in an otherwise healthy woman...


Editor's Note from Kath Bartlett: Infertility is a complex condition to treat with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) requiring additional, specialized education beyond the general masters degree training in Chinese medicine we receive in acupuncture colleges. Herbal therapy is a must, so a skilled and knowledgeable herbalist must be sought...




by Sara Calabro, LAc

Last week was a big one for weight-loss news. On Monday, Weight Watchers announced a revamp of its famous Points system, which now accounts for quality of foods rather than just caloric value. And on Friday, an FDA advisory committee voted to expand the indication for Allergan’s Lap-Band so that people with Body Mass Indices between 30 and 35 can be eligible for the device...


Editor's Note from Kirsten Van Nostran: This article outlines the different ways acupuncture can address weight loss.



by Sherry Baker

A study just reported in the online issue of the journal Head and Neck adds to the growing body of evidence that the ancient healing technique known as acupuncture isn't some kind of hocus pocus quackery that only works via the placebo effect. Researchers from the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center found that weekly acupuncture treatments twice a week relieved symptoms of a condition called xerostomia...


Editor's Note from Kirsten van Nostran: Radiation treatment can be difficult on cancer patients. Acupuncture can help ease symptoms of dry mouth and improve appetite.



by Cathy Margolin, LAc, Dipl, OM

"I didn't sign up for this, I just want to feel normal again," said Judy, my patient who aptly describes what the 21st century Western woman going through menopause feels. If you want to know how to turn down your body's internal "thermostat" you are in the right place. Alternative medicine, including food therapy, is a viable option for managing menopause symptoms...


Editor's Note from Kirsten Van Nostran: Chinese medicine has a long history of viewing food as medicine. This article focuses on using food therapy to decrease hot flashes during menopause.




Editor's Note from Kirsten Van Nostran: In Chinese medicine it is common to include herbs in cooking. This video shows how to make 8 treasure soup for tonifying qi and blood.




by Kath Bartlett, MS, LAc

Looking to avoid depression or the holiday blues? A recent study published in The Archives of General Psychiatry shows that once the depression had been treated, meditation could be used in place of drug therapy...






Editor's Note: This video gives a quick introduction to a few Chinese herbs that are used as tonics individually and in formulas.


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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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