Monday, July 24, 2017

HEART Season and Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
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Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine associates HEART with the season of the Summer.

acupuncture in the summer in NYC

Heart houses the Spirit and affects your mental faculties according to Chinese Medicine. 

When one cannot sleep, your spirit wanders around. Our mental states deeply affect our heart health.

Heart dominates blood, blood vessels, and facial complexion. If the face is pale then that person is more on a weak side (weak voice or deliberate slow moves) and needs a stronger blood supply to the heart. 

The Heart controls the mind and opens into the tongue. The color for the heart is Red.
Watermelon is my favorite fruit in the summer. It has cooling properties and cools the heart through the small intestine, which is the Yang organ of the (Yin) Heart organ. The color red benefits the Heart and it tastes good. It cools the body, reduces the heat and has a lot of minerals as well.

SOME of the HEART IMBALANCES: High blood pressure, Insomnia, Irritability, Chest tightness, and pain, etc. 

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs and Bioresonance Therapy (in our NYC Clinic on Union Square) can be of help to balance, prevent, treat and bring the body to health. 

FOOD for the Summer: Tomatoes, Watermelon, Cherries, Salmon and just about anything red in color would do.

Traditional Chinese Medicine tells us that mind is controlled mostly by the Heart. The process of thinking is accomplished by the Heart. Blood is the main foundation for mental activities, thus the function of heart dominates the blood and the vessels. If there is plenty of blood for the heart to pump, the mind is clear, thinking is nimble and one is full of vigor. If there is a deficiency in the blood in the body, it will lead to pathological changes of heart-mind manifested by heart palpitations, insomnia, dream disturbed by sleep, poor memory, restlessness, etc. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can treat these imbalances with success.

Food and Acupuncture in NYC

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The energy of the Heart Channel directly connects with the tongue. So physically the tongue has a close relationship with the heart. The energy (Qi) and the heart and blood all flow to the tongue. If there is a pathological change in the heart, it will be reflected in the changes of the tongue. If the tip of the tongue is red, the person has stress.

The heart has a relationship with its Yang organ, Small Intestine. It also has a connection with the Kidneys and the Liver. The element of the Heart is Fire. So if you get too much emotional stress, it could "put the wood to the fire". Too much stress can raise blood pressure, cause insomnia and other numerous discomforts. So it is good to practice relaxation arts like Yoga, Meditation, walking in the park, etc. Acupuncture can also evenly distribute body's energy and restore balance in the body and not only treat but also prevent future problems.  

Tomatoes are great for the heart and the summer. They are cooling, full of antioxidants and benefits the heart and blood. Have some today! Exercise less on Hot Summer days. Your Heart works harder due to heat and moisture. Best time to exercise outdoors in Summer is before 11:30 am and after 4 pm. It is less humid and hot. So your system is under less stress. 

When I see joggers on NYC sidewalks in the summer at 1-3 pm, I wonder "what are they thinking?". Also, it is best to be on the beach at above hours. Other times, the Sun drains you and wipes you out of your energy. Season change and so should your habits.

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Be well, 
Mark Moshchinsky, L.Ac. (NCCAOM)
Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC
     Mark Moshchinsky is a NYC licensed acupuncturist with over 20 years of experience and the founder of Tree of Life Acupuncture Clinic in Union Square, Manhattan. 

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Intention in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and Everyday Life

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I remember some of the old acupuncture and Chinese Medicine practitioners and books talk about intention during acupuncture treatment sessions.  

How important it was to direct the healing Qi (energy) from the acupuncture needle to the patient's problem or area of pain.

Acupuncture styles like Mr Tung's and the balance method of Dr Tan are best suited for an effective intention as both styles use few needles and in Mr Tung style a set of needles called Dao Ma, usually consisting of 3 consecutive needles is easier to concentrate your intention on.

The intention in Life on a daily basis or long term is most important, as it gives us the focus, drive and the reason to take steps to our destination and stay the course till we reach the final goal.

acupuncture and Chinese Medicine on Union Square, NYCI realized that after many years of my acupuncture practice in NYC, the intention is semi-automatic in many ways, but it is a lot better when whatever we do, we give it extra intension.  

When I was learning to dance The Tango, instructors often talked about the intention and so was the same in Yoga, Martial Arts, and Kettlebells training.

When I went for my acupuncture training, and it was mostly about absorbing the Asian Medicine material and acupuncture needling methods and point selection for best results and nobody talked about the intention on desired results. 

Recently I was doing acupuncture needling on a young female dancer with multiple pains and injuries, for some reason, I tried to mentally send the healing energy through my acupuncture needles to her injured areas of back pain, inner hip and clavicle regions.

After the patient got up from my treatment table she reported feeling much less pain in all of her complaint areas. After that experience and thinking that everything is energy including the thought process I decided to use more of a conscious intention in my acupuncture treatments and whatever I do in Life.

Use intention to get where you want to go faster !

In conclusion, I want to mention that many athletes, actors and metaphysical books and scholars of acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and Yoga as well as great philosophers and Physics always talk about the power of thoughts to materialize and energy and its properties as well as the mind being a source of targeted energy.

"Be careful what you wish for", cause it may just happen, and it does.  Swami Satchidananda said: "As you think, so you become". 

So the lesson in Life is INTENTION is important and so are the reasons behind it. Wish for things that are good for you and others.

Be well,
Mark Moshchinsky, L.Ac (NCCAOM) Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC and founder of
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Best Acupuncture Needling Depth - NYC Acupuncturist Point of View.

I recently saw a post on an acupuncture discussion board about needing depth in acupuncture sessions. 

Some practitioners were telling stories how gentle needling produced great results and other acupuncturists described their acupuncture needling depth as being adjusted to their patient's needs.

Here is my take on acupuncture needling depth, and I practice acupuncture in New York City for 24 years. You needle deep when you need to produce better therapeutic effects.
acupuncture NYC treatment
Deeper acupuncture needling produces better results, it is a scientific fact, however, some acupuncture styles like Japanese are very shallow and use many needles.

Chinese acupuncture styles like MastTung Acupuncture, or balance method of Dr. Tan, may use deeper needling.

There is an old acupuncture saying, "for a 3-year-old shoulder pain, use a 3-inch acupuncture needle". 

1. If the pathology is chronic, then your acupuncturist may needle deeply up to 3 inches and if there is enough tissue depth.

2. If the acupuncture distal pointed selected is far away from the original problem's location.
acupuncture needling depth in NYC

3. Deeper needling produces stronger tissue stimulation and better results and if the client can tolerate it then it's ok.

4. I personally needle according to patient's tolerance and/or maximum therapeutic effect, and if I use deep acupuncture needling, then I educate my acupuncture patients about the possibility of better results.

4.5 Also gradual deeper insertion is more comfortable for some acupuncture patients.

Mark Moshchinsky, L.Ac (NCCAOM)
Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Acupuncture NOT Just for Pain. Acupuncture is a Longevity Medicine.

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Some of my NYC pain acupuncture patients often think that if their pain stops, then they should not continue their treatments. 

I often tell them that nobody dies from back pain or sciatica or a migraine or a headache, it's the things that do not hurt us that often kill people or cause life-threatening conditions. Things like high blood pressure, blocked arteries, stroke, depression etc.

Acupuncture is a holistic tool that balances the human energy and distributes it evenly in the internal organs, Chinese acupuncture meridians, and balances the body, mind and spirit.

Each season in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is linked to the Yin/Yang organ, and as the seasons change, it's a good time to use acupuncture to balance those organs, especially if that organ is your weaker one. (for example, the Spring is associate in acupuncture with the Liver and Gall Bladder, allergies and anger etc) so possibly, the acupuncture treatment points will be different for that season.

I recommend acupuncture treatments for people who do not have any chronic or acute problems, for the purpose of longevity and prevention one or twice a month depending on the age and energy levels.

Acupuncture is a longevity tool that allows people to sleep better and deeper. Most importantly acupuncture is a preventative tool that if used regularly say once or twice a month as a maintenance tool to help the body prevent life-threatening illnesses and maintain higher energy levels.

Wishing everyone health, prosperity ad happiness,

Mark Moshchinsky, L.Ac (NCCAOM)
Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in the Spring

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acupuncture, Chinese Medicine in New York CityThe human liver can regenerate itself from as little as 25% of tissue. 

In acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, the Liver is associated with the springtime. I also read that one of the acupuncture and Chinese Medicine scholars said; "Liver is the source of all evil".
NYC acupuncture in Spring
The reason for that is that anger is the emotion for the liver and an unbalanced liver can be a source of high blood pressure, heart problems, infertility especially in women,  headaches/migraines, body toxicity, allergies,  depression and anxiety  and so on. 

The liver element is wood and the heart is fire. So a lot of anger/wood causes fire/heart to overwork and creates organ stressors.

Liver opens into the eyes and often affects the eyesight, as well as nails. Brittle nails could be a sign of poor liver function just as pink nails and tongue indicate healthy liver and smooth flow of energy in the body.

The good news is that the liver can regenerate itself and acupuncture with Chinese Herbs and Homeopathy and proper diet as well as exercises (Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong) can help balance the organ to harmony.
Spring acupuncture in New York City
Spring in NYC, where I live, is the best season of the year and I noticed that some people are angrier in the Spring. Also in big industrial cities like New York, pollution can cause allergies and the pace of life put additional strain on the liver in terms or irritability and anger. 

The wood element of the liver in acupuncture is prominent in the spring as everything blooms and causes extra load on the liver to process airborne allergens. Watery red itchy eyes are also signs of the liver imbalance as liver opens into the eyes. 

Alcohol, anger, stress, greasy, fried foods, drugs, toxins (food, environmental).

In Acupuncture green color is for the liver
Sour tasting or green foods, because the taste for the liver is sour and the color is green. So green apples, lemons or lime water, avocados, green peppers all work.

Stagnant energy makes us depressed so the Spring gives the liver a "kick" to go and "move it, move it". 
We feel rejuvenated and young when the energy is properly circulating in the body nourishing organs and the mind.

However, if the liver function is impaired, the person may be more irritable, angry, developed temple or top of head headaches and a host of other digestive and reproductive symptoms. 

Liver spreads the energy (Qi) in the body and that is why we are all so alive and well when the Springtime comes, we must be moving our energy around through sports or any other physical activities and keep our emotions positive. 

Be well,
Mark Moshchinsky, L.Ac (NCCAOM) Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC and founder of
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Five Element Acupuncture and Food for Health

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Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine as well as many ancient Chinese and philosophers and doctors believed that food was best medicine for human health.

five element acupuncture food health

Ingredients: Rice noodles, Shitake Mushrooms, Onions, Carrots, Pine nuts, Flax seeds, Okra

In acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine food is considered first line of defence or treatment for health and well being.

In the five element acupuncture each color represents a particular organ and same is true for food. 

When cooking, include foods of 5 colors if possible to nourish all your organs especially the one color corresponding to the current season at the time.

If you do not think you have time to cook ask yourself if you have time to be sick, or could you use better health and
 more energy.

Green color is for the Liver and Gallbladder - Spring 
Avocados, Green vegetables

Red color is for the Heart Organ - Summer 
Carrots, Tomatoes, Beets 

Yellow foods is for the Stomach and Spleen -  Late Summer
Squash, Root vegetables

White is for the Lungs and Large Intestine - Winter
Onion, Garlic, White Fish

Black color foods for Kidneys and Bladder
Black Beans, Black Sesame seeds

Be well,
Mark Moshchinsky, L.Ac (NCCAOM)
Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Your Winter Health according to Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

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Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Health in the Winter

Winter in Acupuncture belongs to the Kidneys and it's Yang paired organ Bladder. 

Winter season belongs to the Kidneys in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Kidneys are considered the main source of Yin and Yang energy. 

NYC acupuncture in the winter
acupuncture and kidneys

Kidneys in Chinese Medicine rule reproductive organs, brain and bones. The color for the kidneys is black, taste is salty. (If you crave too much salt or avoid it then you may have a kidney energy imbalance. Kidneys are directly responsible for reproduction and longevity as well as your children's DNA. Kidneys have a close relationship with the Heart. The element of Kidneys is water and is responsible for water metabolism. Water retention in the lower portion of the body often involves kidneys.

Kidneys according to Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are often found imbalanced in hyper and hypothyroidism as well as often involved in low or high blood pressure and quite often a source of infertility in men and women.

The Heart is fire, so you want a balance of water and fire in the body. Some people are either too hot or too cold, just like water can boil or turn into ice, so is the human body can go from one extreme to another under. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can help regulate the body temperature (Yin and Yang energies).

Acupuncture is a great preventative medicine. Best time to get a treatment is when you do not have problems and come for maintenance (average person after 30 years of age about 2 x times a month).   Click, do breathing video #2 for Winter

Kidneys control low back and if someone has chronic back pain, kidneys or its Yang pair Bladder channel is often chosen to treat it (back of the leg area). Just like water can freeze (we are about 70% water) so can the human body and muscles can get cold and contract and cause more pain especially in the Winter. Acupuncture can address seasonal changes. If your symptoms get worse in the Winter, chances are it could be Kidney organs energy needing a tune up.
Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Chicken Bone Marrow Soup

Any food black in color or kidney shaped is good in the winter. Black Beans, kidney beans (most beans) root vegetables.
Seeds: flex seeds, black sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, etc. Blackberries, blueberries.
Seafood: fish, shrimp, seaweed
Animal Products: pork, duck, lamb, eggs, cheese (all in moderation)
Nuts: walnuts, chestnuts etc.

Hot soups, especially made of bone broth and root vegetables are great to keep you well nourished and warm. Soups are nutritious and prepare and warm up your digestive system for food consumption.

Animal Products: Pork, duck, lamb, eggs, cheese – Small amounts of animal protein can be used therapeutically. Too much meat, particularly without the balance of vegetables, will stagnate the Liver and create heat. 

Bone-Marrow Broths Soups: This will nourish Marrow governed by Kidneys. Especially beneficial for people wanting to prevent or heal osteoporosis.

Grains: Barley, Millet. These are both mildly cooling and nourishing.

Vegetables: Asparagus, Deep green leafy vegetables – Since it has diuretic properties, asparagus is especially helpful with opening the flow for those with dark, scanty urine. Deep green leafy vegetables build the Blood, and since Blood is a Yin fluid, they are highly recommended. Also, moist vegetables such as cucumbers and celery are helpful.

Fruits and Melons: These are emphasized since they are moistening and mildly cooling. Too much fruit can be too cooling resulting in diarrhea, but 2-4 pieces of fruit a day should be fine.

Tonics: Spirulina, kelp, chlorella, wheatgrass – These mineral rich foods build the Blood which enhances Yin. They are also high in nucleic acids (RDA/DNA) which have been shown to reduce signs of aging.

Mineral rich herbs: Nettles, Oatstraw. Nettles is a gentle, cooling tonic that supports the Blood and Kidneys, while oat straw strengthens the nerves.

Moistening herbs: Flax seed and black Sesame seeds could be used here too.
Chinese Herbs: Rehmannia root - often found in the patent formula used for Kidney Yin Deficiency. 

Be well,
Mark Moshchinsky, LAc (NCCAOM)
Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC

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