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 Melanie Miller, LAc, MAOM, Dipl.OM

Call me crazy, but I think your health care provider, regardless of what type of health care you choose, should be someone you feel totally comfortable with, who listens to you and gives you the quality time, compassion and service that you and your body deserve...

Editor's Note: I’ve never met Melanie, but after reading her bio and this article, I’m excited to meet her one day. As a person who places high value on my own wellness and body, she’s the type of person I want to see. I can tell she walks-her-talk...




Editor's Note from Julia Sanfilippo: This is a great video that captures a typical acupuncture session for a first time client. Basic concepts of why we look at tongue and pulse, how a needle will feel, and other fundamentals are explained in an informative and comforting way. I hope this makes everyone more comfortable to try acupuncture!



by Steve Alpern

One of the great challenges of aging is that ailments frequently descend on individuals for no apparent reason. People who have been generally “healthy” and it suddenly and themselves confronted by pains and other limitations. Sometimes, serious illnesses arise without discernable precipitating factors. Many people are left with the awful questions: “Why me?” and “Why now?”



by Jingduan Yang, MD

Many people wonder how to find a good acupuncturist. To answer this simple question, it is important to understand what acupuncture is and how it works...


Editor's Note from Julia Sanfilippo: This article is a beautifully written explanation of the the history and dynamics of acupuncture. It also provides helpful tips for patients new to acupuncture who are looking for a great practitioner. I love how the author stresses the importance of finding an acupuncturist who possesses key qualities such as care, compassion, confidence, knowledge, and the ability to communicate and connect with their patients. As with any health care professional, search until you find your match!




Editor's Note from Julia Sanfilippo: Acupuncture for kids has been used for centuries, yet I am always thrilled to see the integration into a Western medicine setting. This news segment is sure to put a parent's and kid's minds at ease that acupuncture is painless, not scary, and is very effective.


by Dr. Andy Rosenfarb

Degenerative vision loss (DVL) can include age-related eye condition like glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, etc. DVL can also include non age-related conditions like diabetic retinopathy, optic neuritis, stargardt's, retinitis pigmentosa, usher's syndrome, uveitis, optic neuritis, etc...



by Harriet Beinfield, LAc, and
Efrem Korngold, LAc

Because the concepts of Chinese medicine, of which acupuncture is a part, differ from Western pathological categories of disease, familiarity with its unique vocabulary is a stepping-stone to the theoretical framework within which health and disease are understood.  Every human being is a world in miniature, a garden in which doctor and patient together strive to cultivate health...



by Peter Games, LAc

The best way to improve upon your current health situation is by making healthier choices, so that in years to come you are able to enjoy the shade provided by your wise and prudent action today...






by Amara Rose

Carly Simon's lyrics are about heartache - but physical aches and pains can often be far worse. If you're in chronic pain, it's difficult to enjoy life. All your energy gets diverted to what hurts.
In modern society, we've relied on pharmaceuticals for "fast, temporary relief," which is an empty promise: the pain will return as soon as the palliative effect wears off...





Pairing an ancient Chinese medicine technique with in-vitro fertilization treatments can tip the odds in favor of women waiting to get pregnant, a new German medical study has found. The study, published in the April edition of the medical journal Fertility and Sterility, found that acupuncture, an important element in the 4,000-year-old tradition of Chinese medicine, increases the chance of pregnancy for women undergoing in-vitro fertilization...



by David Brochstein, LAc, OMD

There has been growing public interest in Chinese medicine as more people experience relief from illnesses using acupuncture and Chinese herbs.  This article describes how and why Chinese medicine works...






Editor's Note from Julia Sanfilippo: This is such a cute video to promote acupuncture! It is a light-hearted song that gives little tidbits of information about Chinese Medicine along with a long list of celebrities that love and use it already. It is always fun to hear A-list stars getting acupuncture too!



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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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