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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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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Editor´s Note from Julia Sanfilippo: Sea turtles from Cape Cod receive acupuncture when traditional methods are not enough. The caretakers at the New England Aquarium saw improved use of flippers and increased appetite after acupuncture treatments. Amazing improvements!

 

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by Jeff Nagel, MA, LAc

According to the ancient "Keepers of the Knowledge" from the Taoist Tradition, the evolutionary roots of Chinese Wholistic Medicine came into being at least 8,000 years ago through the first two of the 8 Branches of the Tao Healing Arts...

 

 

 

 

 

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by Kath Bartlett, MS, LAc

I learned a couple of herbal poison ivy remedies in a Kitchen Herbs class I took a few years back. I don't have any feedback as to efficacy, so please add comments with your experiences.

There are two easily accessible Chinese herbs that treat poison ivy. Both are weeds that are ubiquitous in the summer...

 

Editor's Note: Try these natural poison ivy remedies and please leave feedback as to efficacy.

 

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by Naomi Rabinowitz, MD

For better or for worse, New York is a 24-hour city and anything can be done at any time. Some of us just don't get to bed early enough and have to get up early the next day regardless. Others are so taxed physically, emotionally and spiritually that we have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep or both.
 
This article will explore sleep issues from both the Western and TCM perspectives and discuss treatments modalities...

 

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by Peter Games, LAc

Despite our disdain for pain, it actually serves a purpose, and a valuable one at that. Pain is part of our body's defense system and its purpose is to help us avoid harmful behavior. In other words, it's your body's way of telling you that it doesn't like what you are doing and it would prefer that you stop doing it. Sometimes we choose not to listen to that message and other times we have no choice but to hear it and comply...

 

 

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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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