Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Way to Live Your Life Happily :) Especially on Thanksgiving Day

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Ancient Chinese Masters of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine as well as Chinese Alchemy and many enlightened Yogis and wise  enlightened  beings renounced possessions and attachments, Buddha, Jesus, Mother Theresa and so on ....   why ? 
Being happy with little is the key to happiness. Expectations and attachments to anything and anyone bring pain and suffering.

BEING HAPPY with WHAT you CURRENTLY HAVE is the true meaning of HAPPINESS and LIVING in THE NOW.

It does not mean you do not strive or aim for more, what it means is we all need very little to be happy whether we realize it or not.

In fact when you open your eyes you already a very lucky person, because many people did not live to see the day.

I recently adopted motto:

                            WHEN I OPEN MY EYES, 
                  99% of MY PROBLEMS ARE SOLVED

We do not need to go to any extremes and what it shows is that as long as we are not hungry and in good health, everything else is EXTRA ! 

The very idea of Thanksgiving is to be happy for what your have.

It often happens that we all get attached and displeased with daily activities in our everyday lives.  It is human nature to want more and ask why me ?  However what you focus on is what you get.

So what it means is that if you have a problem to solve you focus on the solution NOT the problem.

One of my teachers answered "why me" question very well. "Why me ?" ..... BECAUSE IT'S YOUR TURN :)
​Sh.t happens and sometimes it happens to you and me. Recently one of my patients who is in constant pain, has multiple metal plates insertions after many back surgeries told me.
"Mark if you do not ask me about my pains, I do not tell you and do not complain".
"I keep my spirits high. There are other people who are worse off than me. Everyday in this World is precious."

I felt immediate shame, cause I was not happy with few things that day, thinking that not many people are worse off than my patient and he is not complaining, so why am I ?
If you remember there was a boxer named "Hurricane" who was wrongfully accused of murder and spent many, many years in jail including solitary confinement. Giving an interview he said that he was just happy to be in the real World and had no bitterness. 
"I open my eyes 99% of my problems are solved" he said.
Once I had a cleaning guy on my apartment floor. He would always whistle and sing and have this really authentic inside out smile.  I asked him once why he is always happy all the time, he told me something like this: 
" You know I wake up in the morning, I praise the Lord and I am happy for another day."
​My mind went ..... thaaaaat is ittttt ???  Now my mantra is (whenever I can manage and as often as I can do it). 
I am going to post this on my wall and igrave it in my mind, and so should you.
Be well,
Mark Moshchinsky, LAc (NCCAOM)
Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

acupuncturist Fall Health in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

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acupuncture in the Fall
Are you ready for the Fall Season?  In Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Fall is associated with the Lungs and Large Intestine organs. The Lungs are Yin and the Large Intestine the Yang. The element for this season is METAL. Some healing systems have air element but since the Lungs are for breathing, we can think of it as Air possibly as well. 

Now is a good time to get your immune system in optimal condition to prepare for cold & flu season.Acupuncture can optimize your energy through special seasonal acupuncture points to increase your immune power.

The Lungs control the 
skin and pores and are the first form of defense against exogenous and respiratory pathogens like wind and cold which is the first line of defense for the immune system. The color for the lungs is white and emotion is sadness or sorrow

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Lungs are often referred to as a delicate organ because it is sensitive to weather changes. The Lungs are often associated with sadness or depression (at times when I insert Lung related acupuncture points, some people would cry, releasing sadness in this way) in Chinese Medicine. Energy of the Lungs has a close relationship with the Kidneys. Difficulties either in inhaling or exhaling can be linked to the Lungs or Kidneys depending on the symptoms. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs do a very good job treating respiratory disorders like Asthma, COPD, Shortness of Breath and Allergies, etc.

Fall in New York brings drastic and volatile weather changes. Our bodies and immune system are often subjected to respiratory problems like cold, flu and asthma in this season. So here are a few steps to prepare yourself for seasonal changes and strengthen the immune system.

Acupuncture and Immune System There are certain Acupuncture Points on the Lung, Large Intestine acupuncture meridians and elsewhere that stimulate your immune system. Acupuncture can adjust your energy to prepare the body for a particular season, especially the one like the Fall with constant changes of temperature. Acupuncture also reduces stress and optimizes your body's defenses.

Weather: Best thing you can do is not to expose your body to the wind and extreme weather changes during Fall season. If you dress appropriately for the weather, you are less likely to catch a cold. So scarf, hat and appropriate shoes will all do when the temperature drops.

some of my growing healthy list of dishes and ideas

Food: As it gets colder, you need to cut down on cold (energy) food like salads and eat warmer energetic food like chicken, hot soups an root vegetables such as potatoes, yam, beans, etc. Cook with ginger (or scallions, garlic, cinnamon), seeds and nuts. I personally like walnuts best because they are also good for the Kidneys and the Brain which come into play in the Winter - Kidney Season. Garlic has antibacterial and immune system properties and thins blood. It disperses stagnant energy by promoting circulation of energy in your body and the Lungs. It is also very useful for those flu seasons.

You might also try practicing a form of breathing meditation for the health of your lungs. Weight training also is a useful autumn exercise as it balances the higher amount of protein and calories you crave while preparing for the winter. This is a good time of the year to enjoy the late afternoon and evening, the time associated with metal by relaxing, letting go of the day's concerns and preparing for sleep.
Drinks: Drinking a warm glass of water or tea with a generous squeeze of lemon is a great way to detox your Liver and enhance intake of Vitamin C which may help your immune system as well. Consuming warmer liquids is your way of helping your body to maintain body temperature at cold temperature. Also warm drinks help circulation and sweating which in turns helps cool the body in warm climates. In some tropical climates, people drink hot tea even in extreme heat, believe it or not.

FALL is a good time to:
Start a breathing meditation practice. Clean out your closets and bookshelves, keeping only what has meaning and value to you.

This is a good season to:
Eat root vegetables, whole grains and hearty foods to detox your intestines.
Do weight training to build up muscle stronger exterior
Focus on relaxation in the evening hours. 
Be well,
Mark Moshchinsky, LAc (NCCAOM)
Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015


positive thinking

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THINKING is the blue print of your actions and quality of Life.
As I was sitting in meditation negative thoughts about my coop board meeting for parking renewal set in. After being asked to bring gazillion papers (some 20 years old) and getting run around few days before, I envisioned being threatening and being very aggressive at the meeting.
I noticed that even though I was experiencing positive meditation benefits, I started feeling physical discomfort from negativity and anger. I thought that the person I would (board director) meet be late by hours as they did in the past and so on ...
I changed my thinking to positive and envisioned getting my renewal papers with ease and grace. When I came into the room I was greeted like a lost relative by two men. We talked like friends with no tension. I left with no renewal papers but still feeling good. I felt so comfortable I came back few min later to ask the director for a job for my ex wife smile emoticon
As I left the woman I was supposed to meet initially instead of the director she called me back and right in the waiting room asked me to sign all the paperwork and then miraculously she called me back in and after signing few more papers I was all done with many hand shakes and thanks.
If I were to come in Trump style and threatening, I do not think things would be the same. So thinking is the blue print of your actions and quality of Life.

Be well, 
Mark Moshchinsky, L.Ac. (NCCAOM)
Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Heart organ is associated in Acupuncture with the Summer Season.
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Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine associate HEART with the season of the Summer.

Heart organ functions in Acupuncture in many other ways than just pumping blood through our veins. Heart houses the Spirit (sleep). 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 too red or reddish, then most likely that person has possibly heart issues such as high blood pressure and their behavior of excess type (loud voice, sudden or restless movements, etc).  If the face is pale then that person is more on a weak side (weak voice or deliberate slow moves) and needs 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 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.

HEART IMBALANCES: High blood pressure, Insomnia, Irritability, Chest tightness and pain, etc. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs 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. Click for Summer Foods

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 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.

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.

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 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.  

acupuncture for allergiesTomatoes 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. Season change and so should your habits.

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Be well, 
Mark Moshchinsky, L.Ac. (NCCAOM)
Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Celebrating Yourself !

recipe below cooks in 5 min

acupuncturist, Mark Moshchinsky

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(212) 533-1192

Nothing says I CARE 
like a home cooked meal 

recipe below cooks in 5 min
One of many ways to get comfortable and feel good is to cook for yourself. In Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine spleen and stomach are the major organs for food absorption and promotion or postnatal energy. Proper food and nutrition will nourish your body and organs. 
INGREDIENTS: Cod fish, seasoned in olive oil, garlic, pepper, salt, parsley and oregano, pen fried

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I found that having your fridge full with your favorite foods and having a good (possibly prepared from a scratch ) meal is one of few ways to honor oneself and make yourself feel important. 

  Its absolutely worth it to cook a good meal with good wine and eat it by yourself or with a few close friends.

This quick 5 minute meal I cooked for myself. Tomatoes were from the local market and absolutely the best I ever had in my entire life.

Stay well,

Mark Moshchinsky, L.Ac

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Acupuncture and Liver in the Spring

acupuncturist, Mark Moshchinsky


32 Union Square East, Suite #804, New York, NY 1003
(212) 533-1192

Liver is the source of all evil in humans, some philosophers say. Anger and alcohol damage the liver and can negatively affect the Heart, Stomach, Spleen and many other internal organs and body functions including reproductive and mental states causing insomnia, stress and blood pressure and many other disorders.  

Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong and certain foods and behavior can help restore the liver to proper functioning which we will discuss below. 

Spring season in acupuncture and Chinese Medicine belongs to the Liver and Gallbladder. Many New Yorkers suffer from allergies this season which is partially related to the liver (yin organ) and  its relationship related (yang organ) to large intestine. 
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Common allergic symptoms include: running nose, itchy watery eyes, sinus pain, headaches and more.
Liver opens into the eye and any eye disorders could involve the liver along with other organs responsible for vision.  
We often can see anger, love or peace in people's eyes because eyes are close to the brain and if liver can affect the eyes, it can for sure affect our mental states negatively or positively. (I plan to write a special blog just on the eye and its effects on our mental and emotional behavior).

Large intestine organ which has a relationship with the liver, controls the nose and is often affected in the Spring and there you have it, eyes and nose symptoms in the Spring (sometimes Fall as well).

Liver also stores blood and spreads energy in the body. Liver is very sensitive to emotional stress. Too much Liver energy ("Liver FIre" Traditional Chinese Medicine Term) could lead to depression and excessive anger, headaches (mostly temples or top of head) and reproductive problems such as PMS, ovarian pain in women, testicular pain in men including pelvic pain and high blood pressure and even heart problems. Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Homeopathy can help correct liver function and enhance its regeneration, especially in the Spring time. Liver organ can regenerate itself.

Eating green and sour foods may help regulate the liver and gallbladder functions. Squeezing lemon in a glass of water before meals can help digestion and sour taste is associated with the liver. I personally eat a lot of avocados.

Being in the nature is great for the liver as well as GREEN is the color for the liver and our eyes absorb green rays from nature and benefit the liver and nervous system.
spring salad
This salad is perfect for the Spring. Easy to make, light yet filling and good for your digestive system. If you want to shed those pounds, eat it as a meal substitute for dinner or breakfast is not bad either. Ingredients: Avocados 1, Tomatoes 1-2, Soaked overnight nuts of your choice (e.g. Brazilian, hazel, walnuts, etc.),  a bit of white onions, cilantro to enhance the taste, sesame seeds and I like a few slices of Chinese radish. Add olive oil and I like Bragg's amino acids. Avocados have beneficial effects on the liver, eyes, skin and the brain.

Emotion for the liver is Anger. If you find yourself angrier or more irritable than usual, that is the sign of liver imbalance and acupuncture can help relax and balance the energy in your body. Too much alcohol damages the liver, so drink in moderation.  

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Stay well,
Mark Moshchinsky, L.Ac