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 Jocelyn Joy, MS, LAc

Acupuncture, part of a 2,500 year old medical system originating in China, is highly effective for pain. And to top it off, these treatments are simple, safe, and have no side-effects...

 

 

 

Editor's Note: This thoughtfully written article explains what to expect from an acupuncture treatment for pain relief, including different acupuncture styles, modalities acupuncturists employ and education and training we receive.

 

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by Victoria Spaurel R Ac

Millions of people all over the world suffer from seasonal allergies. Acupuncture is one way to help deal with this problem.

 

We experience allergies when the body’s immune system overreacts to common substances in the environment. Grass pollens in summer are a common allergen, and in the fall some people may react to the presence of mold spores...

 

 

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by Sara Calabro

Acupuncturists have a name for the time when their patients are resting with needles. They call it “cooking.” Some people call it “torture.”

A recent article on common excuses for not getting acupuncture listed fear of needles as the number-one excuse. In response to this article, a popular sentiment arose, highlighting a type of needle fear that often flies under the radar...

 

Editor´s Note: I see many first-time acupuncture patients and fear of being 'stuck' is definitely one of the top reasons they've confessed to staying away from acupuncture in general. Even when they they've read and heard so many great things about it, fear often overwhelms action. Sara explains two simple steps to overcome this fear, which will allow you to sink into that deep euphoric state of relaxation. Which many, including Sara, call 'nap time.'

 

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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 Erin Telford

1. Regulate your body’s temperature by eating “cooling” foods".

 

All year long, I advise my patients against eating salads. For the majority of people, cold, raw foods are the worst thing for digestion. Finally, we have entered the season where salads will benefit rather than potentially harm. In general when you are cooking, you will want to steam or simmer foods as quickly as possible. If you are going to sauté or stir fry, do so quickly and infrequently as this cooking method adds additional heat to your food. Our goal is to create a cooler internal environment to balance the heat from the external environment...

 

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by Della Hasselle

One of acupuncturist Dr. Jeffrey Levy's favorite patients walks with the assistance of a specially crafted wheelchair that rolls behind him to help him go long distances...

 

Editor's Note: After giving acupuncture to my own dog after a car accident, it reaffirmed what I already knew: that acupuncture really does work! This article showcases the increasing trend of veterinarians giving acupuncture to our furry friends for various conditions such as pain, arthritis and incontinence. The owners are true testaments to the effectiveness of acupuncture for the health and wellbeing of their pets.

 

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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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by Erin Piccola, LAc

March is here and that means spring is almost upon us...almost. Across the country, people are experiencing colder than average temperatures, and southern California is no exception...

 

Editor's Note: Chinese Medicine places a great deal of emphasis on the proper distribution of heat in the body. Warm feet and a cool head!

 

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by Jasmine Sufi

Laughing is ingrained in us from birth. Infants begin smiling during the first weeks of life and laugh out loud within months of being born. Laughter becomes an important part of our daily lives from then on. So why is laughter so important and what does it do for us?...

 

Editor's Note: Oh the power of laughter! This article explains the affects of stress on the body, mind, and immune system. Laughter, along with acupuncture, are shown to have the same physiological responses on the body which can help manage stress. Laughter may be just what the doctor ordered.

 

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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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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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