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.

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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.



by Dr. Hyun K. Lee

Living in North America, we are conditioned to the idea that one doesn’t go to the doctor until one is sick. For western medicine, this makes plenty of sense, but the same can’t be said for eastern medicine. Oriental Medicine is effective when you are sick, but it is most effective when you’re not...


Editor´s Note: This article parallels one of my favorite sayings which is, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Dr. Hyun K. Lee eloquently describes the importance of preventing disease and maintaining good health through regular acupuncture treatments. He explains the difference between Eastern and Western medical treatments, and how acupuncture can keep you functioning at your optimum level. 


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.



by Evelyn Theiss

Dr. Roy Buchinsky had a male patient in his 50s with chronic pain in his right ankle and pain in many of his joints. Anti-inflammatories and narcotics had not helped...


Editor's Note: Acupuncture and other natural therapies are becoming more integrated into Western healthcare settings. This article showcases patient testimonials from University Hospitals of using acupuncture for pain relief. I love how many Western physicians value the effectiveness of acupuncture and are referring their patients to receive acupuncture, reiki, massage and more.



by Ziki Dekel, LAc

The law of yin and yang is the natural order of the universe, the foundation of all things, mother of all changes, the root of life and death. Chinese medicine is replete with numbered systems: the three treasures, the five elements, the eight principles, the fifteen types of qi. These multiplicities account for the variety of ways in which psychic and physiological phenomena manifest in the human body and help to define the medical system as a whole...




Editor´s Note: This is an excellent video that combines a personal testimonial with scientific research. A Western MD is curious about Chinese medicine and how acupuncture works. He researches the theory behind this ancient practice, receives acupuncture treatments on his injured knee, undergoes fMRI to demonstrate the effect on the brain, and tests out the results. Watch and see what he thinks!



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...




Editor´s Note from Julia Sanfilippo: A news reporter gets acupuncture for the first time with licensed acupuncturist Kylie Roach. He puts the fear of needles at bay when he discusses the painless and relaxing experience of a typical  treatment. Kylie explains how acupuncture helps not only with chronic pain, but with stress, relaxation, and overall health




Editor´s Note from Julia Sanfilippo: This video showcases the use of acupuncture for infertility when traditional Western treatments have been unsuccessful. The patient testimonial is the best proof that although many are still skeptical, acupuncture does indeed influence the body for those hoping to get pregnant.




Editor's Note: This video from Duke University Medical Center shows how acupuncture reduces post surgical complications due to anesthesia and helps to control pain.



by Sara Calabro

Barefoot running is all the rage. Although barefoot running dates back to the earliest of times, its modern popularity is attributed to the 2009 publication of Born to Run. The book focuses on a Mexican tribe that runs for miles, through treacherous terrain, in just thin sandals...


Editor´s Note from Julia Sanfilippo: This is very informative article for both practitioners and patients for the treatment of plantar fasciitis,  especially among runners and athletes. It explains how the injury is viewed and treated from an acupuncture perspective, specifically targeting trigger points in the calf that affect the foot. I treat this injury quite often for my athletes, and acupuncture with manual therapy works wonders!




by Therese Walsh-Van Keuren

Divergent Meridian theory and treatment is a treatment style that can enhance the health of those people who suffer from chronic conditions, which erode the overall health of the individual. Understanding the concepts of the Divergent Meridian approach and the way to apply this method in a clinical setting has the ability to transform the power of Asian Medicine...




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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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