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 Mika Ono, Yuan Wang, & Warren Sheir

Congees (rice porridges) are a staple in East Asia. This congee features perilla seeds (a.k.a. Beefsteak plant seeds or "zi su zi" in Chinese), which are used in traditional Chinese medicine to ease coughs and asthma...


Editor’s Note: This rice-based meal is easy to digest and is recommended when a person is feeling sick or experiencing chronic conditions. By adding your herbs, spices, or other foods, you can tailor your congee to fit your specific needs. More articles about food therapy, nutrition, and diet can be found on our Holistic Nutrition page.



Editor's Note from Julie Tran: Be able to learn about three different techniques used in acupuncture especially auricular or ear acupuncture.




Editor's Note from Julia Sanfilippo: This is a great news segment that demonstrates the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments for weight loss and cellulite reduction. Dr. Monica explains how acupuncture increases circulation, boosts metabolism, improves digestion, and promotes overall wellness. Cosmetic acupuncture is also discussed as an alternative to BOTOX and other fillers. Beauty from the inside out!



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...





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 Steven Alpern

Taking patient histories is an art. We ask questions. Their personalities respond, and we must sort through their moods and projections to form clear pictures of both current manifestations and the sequence of developments leading to them. Memory is subject to revision as the individual's personality rationalizes its experience. Even accurate information is limited by the patient's inability to identify causal relationships...



by Elizabeth Walling

Acupuncture as an alternative therapy for natural migraine relief not only is effective, but also comes without the side effects of conventional drug treatments. If you suffer from migraines, then you know conventional treatments offer little more than a band aid and are often not effective in completely relieving the pain, nausea and sensitivity to noise and light that can accompany a migraine...


Editor's Note: Acupuncture was the only therapy that was able to help me decrease both the frequency and intensity of almost daily migraine and tension headaches. I hope migraine suffers will try acupuncture to decrease their pain, nausea, and light sensitivity.



by Dr. Colleen Gagliardi

Fatigue, from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, has many different causes.  The remedy will be different depending upon the type of fatigue it is. If you experience fatigue, here are tips that lead to vibrant energy...


Editor's Note from Julia Sanfilippo: Dr. Gagliardi explains the various patterns of fatigue according to Traditional Chinese medicine. Qi stagnation, qi deficiency, yang deficiency, and yin deficiency are discussed in detail, along with lifestyle and dietary modifications for treatment. These suggestions, along with acupuncture and herbal medicine, will really help you "get up and go"!




Qigong breathing is basically breathing with your belly. Learn how to practice Qigong breathing in the above video with Dr. Robert Linde.



by Kath Bartlett

Patients come to me with a wide variety of conditions: pain, gyn issues, allergies/sinusitis, cancer, MS, Lyme disease, Parkinson's disease, Bell's Palsy, TMJ, hypertension, and so on. None of these are fun to have. Bowel problems, particularly IBS & Chrohn's can make daily living tricky. The wonderful news is all of these conditions, and more, respond well to Chinese medicine...


Editor's Note: This article discusses two studies showing effectiveness of acupuncture in treating Chrohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.



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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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