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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Editor's Note: Duke University has a Department of Integrative Medicine which is supportive of acupuncture treatment to treat a wide variety of disorders, including headaches. This video reports on a Duke study demonstrating effectiveness of acupuncture in treating headaches...




Editor's Note from Julia Sanfilippo: I get so many questions about acupuncture and weight loss, and this video says it all! Dr. Mao does an excellent job on E! News of explaining the functions of acupuncture points for weight loss. One of his patient's gives a testimonial of how beneficial acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been for her overall health and wellbeing. This is great!



by Greg Lee, LAc

Similar to opening Pandora’s jar, taking enzyme supplements for breaking up biofilms can release hidden pains.
At a recent seminar, medical practitioners were shown how earthworm enzymes are able to break up slimy biofilms and uncover hidden Lyme disease bacteria. A biofilm is a protective slime that bacteria and other germs encase themselves in to avoid being killed...


Editor's Note: Lyme Disease is awful to have and difficult to treat. One of the factors complicating treatment is the protective biofilm the bacteria surround themselves in that is difficult for the antibiotics to penetrate. Once the biofilm is penetrated and the bacteria are killed, they release toxins which cause a Herxheimer reaction. In this article, Greg Lee, LAc who focused his practice in treating Lyme and other chronic diseases discusses these issues. He mentions representative Chinese herbs which calm the mind when toxic emotions are released.



by Therese Walsh, LAc, PhD

Consumptive diseases have been grouped into a category of “Miscellaneous Diseases” (Za Bing) by Zhang Zhongjing in his text Jin Gui Lao Yue (Synopsis of Prescriptions of the Golden Cabinet) written in 220 A.C.E2., during the Han Dynasty. This text proves to be one of the most important references used by doctors of herbal medicine for the past 1,800 years...



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.



by Dylan Jawahir, LAc, LMT

Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive a child from unprotected, well-timed intercourse over the course of a year.  Given that definition, there are many people who try for only a few months before they decree themselves barren and seek outside help from a specialist...







Editor's Note: Here's an interesting series of videos demonstrating how acupuncturists might treat asthma using the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) style of acupuncture. The acupuncturist, Li Zheng, is a graduate of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, the most presigious TCM college in China. She received her PhD in biomedical science from the Medical College of Ohio and was a researcher trained at MGH and Harvard Medical School. Click "read more" for the following 5 videos...




Editor's Note: This video showcases the use of acupuncture among our military forces for various conditions such as pain, sleeping problems, and stress. It's use minimizes the need for medication, which allows personnel to recover quicker and without the use of medication. I love seeing acupuncture being integrated in our Western medicine healthcare system. So amazing!


by Kath Bartlett, MS, LAc

Stress. We all have it. The question is, “How do I get rid of it?!”    

The answer lies not only in eliminating the causes, but also in learning to manage life’s curveballs. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are useful in the management end.  Lifestyle counseling can help with the causes. How can acupuncture help, and what can you do stop stress in its tracks?...



by Mika Ono, Yuan Wang & Warren Sheir

I'm always fascinated when science and traditional Chinese medicine overlap, so I was particularly interested in some recent scientific studies coming out of The Scripps Research Institute about "addiction" to junk food...


Editor's Note: I completely agree with this article. Without standing on a soap box for too long, I have to say that removing sugar, fruit juice, and processed grains from my diet for 40 days was one of the harder “special diets” I’ve attempted...



by Anthony M. Giovanniello, MSAc, LAc

Our Acupuncture Ambassadors are dedicated to sharing their knowledge of this ancient medicine with those in need by treating patients, setting up sustainable clinics and schools to train personnel charged with their care...


Editor’s Note: In January, ATH, showcased Mindful Medicine Worldwide.  This month, I’d like to bring the Holistic Health Community’s awareness to Acupuncture Ambassadors. Their mission is to “organize sustainable Acupuncture treatment clinics and training programs worldwide to care for refugees, victims of violence, war, international conflict and the poor.” Thank you Mr. Giovanniello for your passion and commitment to bringing effective and affordable medicine to all.  For all your L.Ac.’s out there wondering “how else can I help?” I recommend you read this article for inspiration.


by Ion Doaga

Eat less and exercise more.

Is this what you hear often?


You’ve worked out on the bike for the last 6 weeks and instead of losing weight you gained 5 lbs. You feel your metabolism fell asleep...


Editor´s Note: This article explains the effects of acupuncture on weight loss. I've found in my clinical practice that acupuncture helps a lot with cravings, improves digestion, and decreases stress. As the author explains, acupuncture is a small piece to the bigger puzzle of lifestyle, diet, and exercise changes. It is a great tool for overall health!



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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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