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 Amber Scriven, MS, LAc

Ever wondered if blending acupuncture and yoga would be a benefit? Here’s what certain yoga poses are doing to help your acupuncture treatments!...

 

Editor´s Note: The combination of two of my favorite things in one article is a masterpiece! I love how Amber describes four common yoga poses and how they correspond to Chinese medicine meridians and health conditions. She provides insight into how to maximize your asanas to benefit what is going on with your body that day. Brilliant.

 

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by Steven Alpern, LAc

Human beings engage an amazing adventure in life. An individual Shen (Spirit) resides within the jing (essence), which has been consolidated by mixing the jing of both parents. A person is born, who experiences the interactions of life, acts to sustain his or her individuality, and records everything that happens. Individuals have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of themselves and the universe through their presence and cultivation until the final crowning of life, when they return to the Dao...

 

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by Phil Veneziano MS, LAc

"Psst… What’s the deal with acupuncture? Can it really help you get to sleep at night? Without using prescription drugs? And you even fall asleep on the treatment table with the needles in?"...

 

Editor´s Note: This is a great article! The author explains in an very tangible way how acupuncture needles work and how the body responds to Chinese Medicine. He offers insight into looking at the healing process in a new way, which provides a better environment for the entire body.

 

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by Sara Calabro

A common assumption about acupuncture is that it hurts. You are, after all, getting stuck with needles. Fear of pain from acupuncture needles is one of the most common reasons people forgo acupuncture...

 

Editor´s Note: This is an informative article for anyone new or old to acupuncture. 'De qi' is described, as well as the 5 sensations that are typically felt during an acupuncture treatment. No matter what sensation is felt, the outcome of improved health and wellbeing is the goal.

 

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by Kate Townsend, LAc, LMP

You're not alone if the gray skies have you feeling more lackluster than normal. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, affects 10 to 25 million Americans; 75% of which are women. SAD occurs during winter months when shorter days and reduced sunlight inhibit serotonin production...

 

 

 

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by Sara Calabro

Acupuncturists have a name for the time when their patients are resting with needles. They call it “cooking.” Some people call it “torture.”

A recent article on common excuses for not getting acupuncture listed fear of needles as the number-one excuse. In response to this article, a popular sentiment arose, highlighting a type of needle fear that often flies under the radar...

 

Editor´s Note: I see many first-time acupuncture patients and fear of being 'stuck' is definitely one of the top reasons they've confessed to staying away from acupuncture in general. Even when they they've read and heard so many great things about it, fear often overwhelms action. Sara explains two simple steps to overcome this fear, which will allow you to sink into that deep euphoric state of relaxation. Which many, including Sara, call 'nap time.'

 

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Editor´s Note: Duke University Medical Center uses acupuncture before and after surgery to reduce pain and the side effects associated with opioids. The anesthesiologist Dr. T.J Gan explains how acupuncture works and it's effectiveness in pain and stress management. Love it!

 

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by Andres Vergara, LAc, MAc & Michele Collins, RH (AHG), MPH

In Chinese medicine, the spleen and kidneys play an important role in metabolism. We are not referring to the literal and anatomical kidneys and spleens alone. These organs are actually the gross manifestations, two of five of the essential processes or functions our whole selves cycle through on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. The spleen represents the function of transformation and digestion and it, working in partnership with the pancreas and stomach, are responsible for converting food and water into fuel and energy that the body can use to sustain itself...

 

Editor´s Note from Julia Sanfilippo: This is a great article that explains metabolism and weight gain from a Chinese Medicine perspective. The functions of different organ systems are discussed, along with herb and food recommendations to nourish and balance the body.

 

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by Beth Cefalu

Millions of people say acupuncture is just what the doctor ordered as an excellent alternative to ease aches and pains.  But, how does it work?...

 

Editor's Note from Julia Sanfilippo: Acupuncture IS just what the doctor ordered! In five years the use of acupuncture increased in this country by 1 million people! This segment explains how acupuncture works and showcases its effectiveness for conditions such as allergies, menopause, chronic pain, and autoimmune disorders to name a few.

 

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by Christo Zouves, MD and Suzanne Duffy

Western Medicine has traditionally been resistant to alternative therapies, focusing on the management of disease after it presents, often ignoring the fact that a particular organ or system actually belongs to a person or patient. Alternative therapies and traditional medicine in many cultures, have focused on the whole person and have generally asked the questions about causation and methods of prevention...


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by Philip Potempa

Dr. K. Doshi, a board certified anesthesiologist practicing in Northwest Indiana for 25 years, discovered the value of medical acupuncture from her own need for relief...

 

Editor´s Note from Julia Sanfilippo: This is a great article explaining medical acupuncture and answers common questions to acupuncture treatments. It highlights Dr. K. Doshi, a board certified anesthesiologist, who found relief from acupuncture, and decided to pursue and practice medical acupuncture on her own. It's fantastic!

 

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by Andres VergaraLAc, MAc and Michele Collins, RH (AHG), MPH

The concept of sweet that we tend to think of in the west is very different from the way traditional systems, like Chinese medicine classify sweet foods. Sweet foods in any traditional system include nearly all vegetables, meats, as well as whole grains and legummes. These foods comprise the basis of a healthy diet...

 

Editor´s Note: This is a great article that explains the concept of 'sweet' foods according to Chinese medicine. It offers an explanation to the process of cravings, and a simple and convenient way to counteract a sweet tooth.

 

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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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