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 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 Sara Calabro

Spring is in full swing. For some, it's time for warm air! Fresh flowers! Longer days! For others, it's time for runny noses! Itchy eyes! Sinus headaches...

 

Editor's Note from Julia Sanfilippo: In my practice I see so many allergy sufferers this time of year. This fantastic article explains not only the benefits of acupuncture for prevention of seasonal allergies, but the DIY treatment that anyone can do! This 7 point protocol is a great tool to use during an acute allergy attack if you are anywhere but your acupuncturists office. Love!

 

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by Cathy Margolin, LAc, Dipl, OM

"I didn't sign up for this, I just want to feel normal again," said Judy, my patient who aptly describes what the 21st century Western woman going through menopause feels. If you want to know how to turn down your body's internal "thermostat" you are in the right place. Alternative medicine, including food therapy, is a viable option for managing menopause symptoms...

 

Editor's Note from Kirsten Van Nostran: Chinese medicine has a long history of viewing food as medicine. This article focuses on using food therapy to decrease hot flashes during menopause.

 

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by Steven Gordon, LAc Dipl Ac, Dipl CH

One of the major causes of inflammation in the human body is the over consumption of processed, white sugar.  When I was an intern in a Taoist school of acupuncture and a red halo developed on the skin around an inserted needle, the Master would say; “too much sugar causing heat.”  What the Master meant (in Western terms) was that consumption of sugary foods would create inflammation in the blood...

 

 

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by Kath Bartlett, MS, LAc

Standard western medicine diagnoses headaches according to type or physical causes: cluster headaches (headaches grouped together in the same day of over several weeks), tension headaches (due to tight muscles in the neck and base of the head), sinus headaches, headaches due to head trauma or migraine headaches (severe pain, often accompanied by nausea and seeing auras). These different types of headaches are all basically treated in the same manner, using weaker or stronger analgesic drugs to provide symptomatic relief of pain. The problem is that this symptomatic approach to treatment does not address the root cause of the disease. Many patients suffer for years, decades or even lifelong with pain, that may temporarily abate with medication, but never completely resolves...

 

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Editor's Note from Julia Sanfilippo: This video explains a simple yet effective stress relief acupuncture treatment.  I personally use the "Four Gates" on it's own or in combination with other points almost every day!

 

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by Sara Calabro, LAc

Last week was a big one for weight-loss news. On Monday, Weight Watchers announced a revamp of its famous Points system, which now accounts for quality of foods rather than just caloric value. And on Friday, an FDA advisory committee voted to expand the indication for Allergan’s Lap-Band so that people with Body Mass Indices between 30 and 35 can be eligible for the device...

 

Editor's Note from Kirsten Van Nostran: This article outlines the different ways acupuncture can address weight loss.

 

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Jeremy Rothenberg, LAc

Jeremy Rothenberg, a nationally certified diplomate in oriental medicine and a nationally licensed acupuncturist, says that amid increasing doubts about the safety of prescription sleeping pills, acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been found to provide a safe and effective treatment for insomnia and sleep disorders...

 

Editor's Note from Julia Sanfilippo: Good quality sleep is a crucial aspect to overall health and well-being. Jeremy's article cites some great sleep studies involving the side effects of sleeping pills versus the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbs to naturally treat sleep disorders. This article is great for people who like to see statistics and evidence that Chinese medicine does indeed work!

 

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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.


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

 

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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!

 

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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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