Sunday, January 29, 2017

Your Winter Health according to Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Tree of Life Acupuncture 
32 Union Square E, #804, New York, NY 10003

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. 

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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.
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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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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Acupuncture and Chinese Nutritional Medicine - Salmon for Health

Tree of Life Acupuncture NYC Center  
32 Union Square E #804, New York, NY 10003
(212) 533-1192

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine put a great value on nutrition for healing and restoring human health and wellness. In fact Food and Nutrition are considered the first line of health defense and maintenance by ancient acupuncture and Chinese Medicine practitioners.

Food and Nutrition is a great source of postnatal energy (the energy that is available to you after birth) according to acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Let's look at Salmon dish below that I often like to cook in about 5-10 New York City busy minutes.
Ingredients: Wild Salmon, Sweet Potatoes, (side order: Sauteed Onions, Cilantro, Green Olives, and Avocado in Olive Oil and sea food seasonings with salt.)  
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Blood and Energy are the building blocks and main components of acupuncture and Traditional Herbal Medicine. 

In New York City there are plenty of places to buy wild Salmon. Salmon is good at nourishing Blood, it has a lot of iron and Omega 3 fatty acids  Salmon is good for the Heart and blood vessels according to Chinese Medicine. 

The color RED is associated in 5 element acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with the Blood, Heart, and Cardiac Health.

Eating wild salmon and absorbing Omega 3 is much better through food then the supplements cause the body absorbs natural foods better than the supplements. Salmon is rich in vitamin D and selenium.

Salmon is good wor women, especially trying to conceive as it builds up blood that is lost during the menstrual cycle.

Brain and Cognitive Benefits
60% of your brain is composed of fatty acids. Some studies showed that Omega 3 fatty acids are the most important fat found in the brain that may lead to less depression, hostility in people. Salmon is packed with Omega 3 fatty acids and a lot of it goes not only to the stomach but also your brain. Many studies showed that Omega 3 fatty acids help with depression and bipolar disorders.

Omega 3 fatty acids can prevent joint inflammation. Salmon protein contributes to anti-inflammatory process in the body and helps reduce joint inflammation in such conditions as arthritis and general aches and pains.

Cancer Prevention
Vitamin D has shown to lower the risk of several cancers like breast, prostate, and colon. 

Vision Benefits
Fish oil is known to help the vision and avoid macular degeneration
The omega-3 fats in salmon demonstrated to combat macular degeneration and eye dryness. Possibly to blood tonic benefits of salmon.

Cardiovascular Benefits
Salmon has been found to help decrease cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, heart arrhythmia and high blood pressure and benefit the healt health.lmon intak

Skin and Hair Benefits
Because salmon benefits blood it moistens the skin collagen and elastine fiber which promotes youth and anti aging.

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

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Friday, December 16, 2016

How I became a NYC licensed acupuncturist

Tree of Life Acupuncture NYC Center
32 Union Square E #804, New York, NY 10003
  (212) 533-1192


It's been 23 years since I stepped on a journey of holistic medicine and became a NYC acupuncturist.

Before I became a New York City licensed acupuncturist, I went through a long journey of trial and error of soul searching and getting to become a Chinese Medicine practitioner.

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Before the thought of acupuncture profession even entered my mind I worked as a computer programmer on Wall Street. In my search for alternative medicine, I tried Hypnosis, Flower Arranging, Telepathy Healing and even Dog Grooming ( for one day).

When I had my first acupuncture treatment on Union Square in New York City, it was because my father suggested trying the treatment before I would become an acupuncturist and fly to Hawaii to study. 

The Chinese acupuncturist I went to see was in his 70's and did not speak English at all at that time, in 1989. I was really stressed from working on wall street and putting 70 hour weeks at the office. 

The only thing the acupuncturist knew how to say was "acupuncture little by
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little". So after asking few questions and getting the same generic answer, I became terrified that the practitioner had no clue why I came to see him. The needles looked long and thick and I wanted to sneak out of the room. 

The acupuncturist used old school methods of thrusting 1.5-inch needles into my stomach, it hurt and I was also in bad shape, all stressed. Generally, nervous people feel a lot more stimulation from acupuncture needles and boy was I nervous. After 4 visits of getting acupuncture for digestion and stomach issues. I decided I had enough". 
But in a few weeks, I improved a lot, and my digestion and sleep got a lot better. I thought to myself, nobody is going to pay me to do acupuncture on them. 

Funny enough my practice been on Union Square very close where I got my very first treatment with the old acupuncturist. I was even getting his patients who were convinced that they were my patients, even though I did not practice at that time that long. 

Fast forward 23 years later I adjust my treatments to patient's individual needs and sensitivity and they come and bring friends and family as well as write nice reviews.

I talk to my clients and use much gentler methods and most of my clients fall asleep during the treatment and that is a good thing. If you have not tried acupuncture do so and remember acupuncture treatment methods vary from practitioner to practitioner a lot.

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

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This newsletter is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or cure.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Acupuncture and the Brain Health

Tree of Life Acupuncture NYC Center
32 Union Square E #804, New York, NY 10003
  (212) 533-1192


Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine call the Brain a curious organ.

Here are some facts about your brain.
75% of your brain is water and about 60% fat and the weight of your brain is 3 pounds, your skin weighs twice as much as your brain, there are about 100 billion neurons, the brain has no pain receptors, so the brain feels no pain.  There are 100,000 miles of blood vessels in your brain. Your brain uses 20% of all body oxygen. 

Indeed the brain is a curious organ as it stores our darkest and most pleasant memories, responsible for nightmares and sweet child-like dreams, depression or happiness.

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As a licensed acupuncturist in NYC and alternative medicine practitioner, I see a lot of patients in my acupuncture clinic with anxiety, depression and sleep deprivation.

Big cosmopolitan cities like New York, where my acupuncture clinic is located are often dealing with more stress than other cities.
The brain is like a vacuum cleaner it absorbs lots of information, some toxic, some useful and it is important to empty it, clean it and rejuvenate.

How to keep your brain healthy.

A healthy lifestyle can keep your brain healthy and help revitalize it for optimum performance. Positive thinking is of most importance. Yogis say "as you think, s you become". 

Treatments like acupuncture with scalp acupuncture points and Chinese Herbs as well as Homeopathy can be very useful for brain balancing, depression, and rejuvenation. 
Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy PEMF is also good for depression

1. Take omega 3 fats, which keep your brain dopamine levels high, increase neuronal growth in the frontal brain cortex and increase cerebral circulation. 
***Fish oil, Krill oil, avocados, walnuts.

2. Exercising. Exercising encourages your brain to work and causes nerve cells to regenerate and protects it from damage. Yogic posture like head stand and many others help keep the brain healthy with greater circulation.

Tools like Yogic Breathing (Pranayama), Meditation, Tai Chi or even any type of exercises stimulate and recharge brain cells. Scalp acupuncture (acupuncture 

3. Sleep. Deep restful sleep recharges your mental energy and repairs the DNA. Poor or lack of sleep can stop producing new brain cells.

4. Healthy Eating. Eliminating sugar and consuming vitamin and mineral rich vegetables is as important as protein. Avoid foods with artificial sweeteners and additives. Avoid MSG and artificial sweeteners as aspartame (NutraSweet and the like ).

5. Sun. Exposure to the sun helps maintain vitamin D level which is important for brain health. There are vitamin D receptors in the brain, spinal cord, and central nervous system. There is evidence that vitamin D improves your brain detox process.

6. Quiet time effects your brain chemistry. Something as simple as listening to relaxing music is of grain benefits as well as meditation.

7. Protecting your brain from cell phones and electromagnetic smog. Studies show electromagnetic smog from cell phones and electronic devices and power cables are harmful to human health and increased cell phone usage without the headphones can cause 240 greater chance of brain tumors

8. Mind training or learning new tings like dancing, playing puzzles or chess helps keep your brain healthy into an old age. 

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine believe that the Brain as well, as the bone marrow is controlled by the Kidneys. 

Acupuncture Kidney points, as well, as Pericardium points can be selected to treat depression or anxiety 

The best thing for the brain is quiet time, that is why meditation and sleep com into play.  As the song says New York "the City that never sleeps" it could be a problem on many levels as sleep deprivation stresses the Brain and interferes with its restorative functions. 

Modern science tells us that we need 7 to 9 hours of sleep. However what is more important is the quality of sleep. According to acupuncture when we are at rest our energy is residing below the belly button at acupuncture point Ren6, called Dantien (about 2 inches below the belly button and between your back or front of the body).

During the sleep, your DNA is being repaired, and the deeper, you sleep, the more thorough the restorative process.

It's harder to train the brain than the muscle.  

I dedicate this article to everyone else struggling with mental health balance.

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

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This newsletter is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or cure.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

How Do You Heal a Broken Heart - NYC Acupuncture Clinic Case Study

Tree of Life Acupuncture NYC Center
32 Union Square E #804, New York, NY 10003
  (212) 533-1192


I recently had to treat a new patient in my acupuncture clinic in New York City.

In the past several years i had quite a few unusual clients and may be New York and Manhattan in particular with its stresses offers more unique clients.

The woman in her mid-thirties came to do PEMF Therapy (which I offer at my acupuncture clinic) originally due to pains and damage done by medications and therapies to which according to her she had an adverse reaction and suffered a great deal.

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After the PEMF therapy, the woman did not get immediate results and became angry and slammed the treatment door.  After talking to her, she told me all her problems. 

The patient's mother committed suicide, her husband did not support her and her father was abusive to her and her mother in the past and even locked her up in a mental institution for making up "health problem stories". She said, she had nothing to live for and felt that her mother committed suicide cause she could not see her suffer from pains. ( I suggested, she talk to a psychologist about her concerns, but she did not seem to be open to it).

In Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine depression and sadness is associate with the Lungs, Spirit with the Heart and the willpower with the Kidneys. 

Her anger turned to sorrow and I tried to comfort her and offered complimentary acupuncture with PEMF with the focus on depression and pains.

After the acupuncture treatment with few scalp needles and the PEMF mat placed on her head to produce stronger antidepressant outcome, she looked much better and said her pains seemed much better, (acupuncture has a lot of protocols for depression and FDA cleared PEMF therapy for depression) .

I challenged her to admit that she was feeling better. She kind of did, but then went back to her "nothing to live for" mantra.   Then the look on her face changed, and at that moment I felt she was gonna say something positive or constructive.


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I answered that I liked her question and she focused on the right topic like seeing light at the end of the tunnel. But told her I did not have an answer right this moment. 

The answer came a few minutes later. I told her that no matter what happens to people, if you choose to be a SURVIVOR and NOT a victim, that is how you heal a broken heart and your life.

I was proud of my answer and hoped if God forbid I ever ended up in a hopeless situation, someone else would remind me of being a survivor.

I called and texted the woman that she was covered for acupuncture and I could help her, but she never came back even though she felt better at the end. Perhaps she needed more time to become a survivor.

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

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This newsletter is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or cure.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

How many Needles your Acupuncturists uses for the best acupuncture treatment ?

Tree of Life Acupuncture NYC Center
32 Union Square E #804, New York, NY 10003
  (212) 533-1192


The best acupuncture treatment can be done with one acupuncture needle.

The Best Acupuncture Treatment in NYC

I often have new patients come to my NYC acupuncture clinic from other acupuncturist asking me to duplicate their past treatments or to do a particular acupuncture protocol they see on the internet.

If I were to give a quick answer to the question on the number of needles for the best acupuncture treatment, it would be as few as possible, if an acupuncturist can do it.

Efficiency is the mother of success.  Master Tung's acupuncture style, uses very few needles to achieve maximum concentration or Qi going to the vital organs. At one point Master Tung used only one needle to treat a complicated blockage of arteries with great results. 
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Some of the top acupuncturists use 4-6 needles per acupuncture treatment with great success, however it takes a lot of skill and experience to achieve a lot more with a lot less.

Fewer acupuncture needles means more vital energy (Qi) will be going to the acupuncture meridians addressing the patient's issue.  If you could accomplish more with less, wouldn't it be a good thing ?Same goes for acupuncture and Chinese Medicine as well as anything else in this World.

The key to using fewer acupuncture needles is to first identified a correct nature of energetic acupuncture meridian or organ imbalance and then use acupoints that have multiple applications and effects on the body.

This way one needle can treat multiple conditions at the same time. 
Acupuncture points like large

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intestine (LI4) or Stomach (St36) or Liver (Liv3) have about 3 pages worth of indications and acupuncture conditions to treat and that is one way to do a good and effective treatment.

To learn more about acupuncture and how it works click 

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

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This newsletter is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or cure.