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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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Acupuncture and Chinese Nutritional Medicine - Salmon for Health

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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.)  
acupuncture and Chinese Nutritional Medicine NYC
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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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