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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We are currently seeking a Co-Editor and/or Assistant Editor for this section. For more information please contact Sherri Carter at sherricarter@allthingshealing.com

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Editor's Note: Dr. Maryam Mahanian takes us on a trip through a traditional chinese medicine store and explains some of the most commonly used medicinal herbs.

 


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by Christiane Siebert

The National Cancer Institute estimates that 1 in 8 women in America will develop breast cancer at some time in her life. Exposure to chemicals, unhealthy lifestyle and genetic predisposition may all play a role in the development of breast cancer but the single most significant risk factor is growing older. Cancer of the breast is no longer viewed as a single entity but a “family” of cancers, and increasingly more specific diagnostic and treatment approaches are beginning to yield better outcomes for patients, including women with metastatic disease...

 

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by Cathy Margolin, LAc, Dipl, OM

It was strange to my Taiwanese friend, but to me it was just another normal conversation. We were enjoying a summer barbecue when the 40-something-year-old women began comparing menopause symptoms...

 

Editor's Note: Menopausal symptoms can cause severe discomfort, and disrupt many women's lives. Chinese medicine has a long history of using herbs and foods to moderate symptoms related to menopause.

 

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by Steve Alpern

Modern Chinese medical theory is based on the zangfu (vital and hollow organs), especially as they generate, distribute, and manage the physical humors that conduct life (qi, blood, fluids).Practitioners learn to differentiate excesses and deficiencies of those humors relative to one or more of the zangfu, and formulate treatment strategies that counter those manifest imbalances.Most diagnostic patterns reference zang which contain influences, rather than fu which conveythem through the individual. The primary channels function as extensions of the zangfu, and are treated with acupuncture or moxa to address their imbalances...

 

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by Kenneth S. Cohen

I define health as connectedness. Scientific evidence demonstrates that in a state of optimal health all parts of the body work together...

 

Editor’s Note: Kenneth Cohen is a renowned expert on Qi Gong and Qi Healing. His writings and videos are very accessible and understandable to beginners as well as advanced practitioners.

 

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Editor's Note from Julia Sanfilippo: This is a very informative video for patients and their partners on instruction of massaging certain acupressure points for labor induction. Hilary Talbott, the acupuncture physician in the video, explains the location and function of these points along with a helpful at-home tip for a natural labor induction.

 

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by Erin Piccola, LAc

How many people do you know who suffer from occasional (or frequent) sleeplessness? How many colleagues have you overheard in the break room, pouring that third cup of coffee, and recounting the way they just lay there, staring at the ceiling...

 

Editor’s Note: Acupuncture is highly effective for stress relief. This may be one of the major reasons why it is so versatile. So many conditions, including insomnia are caused or aggravated by unmanaged stress.

 

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by Harriet Beinfield, L.Ac., and
Efrem Korngold, L.Ac.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Conference in 1997 stated, "The data in support of acupuncture are as strong as those for many accepted Western medical therapies. One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs and other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions..."

 

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by Lynn Jaffee

I have lots of gardens in my yard; some are in the shade, some are sunny, and some are tucked into little corners that don’t get much attention.  I like to walk around my house and check what’s been growing, what’s flowering, and what needs a little weeding.  The other day, as I was checking out the green, I began to take stock of how many plants growing in my yard are actually Chinese herbs...

 

Editor's Note: Acupuncturist and author Lynn Jaffee writes an interesting piece about Chinese herbs found in the backyard. In acupuncture college we learn the herbs in a more esoteric way: identifying them in their dried and sliced form and learning the names in Chinese and Latin. Its quite removed from looking at the actual plant growing in the garden.

 

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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...

 

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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.

 

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by Sara Calabro

Last week was the first day of spring. Yahoo! Except for that fact that many people don't feel so hot this time of year.

The flu is -- knock on wood -- mostly behind us. Allergies have not quite exploded yet. So, why do so many of us feel off in the early days of spring?...

 

Editor´s Note: This is the perfect article for this time of year. The transition between seasons is explained in Chinese medicine theory. The focus of the article is on the liver system, its symptoms of imbalance, and ways to restore that balance so you can enjoy a happy and healthy Spring!

 

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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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