Acupuncture & Wellness Blog

Boundaries, “zhi” and acupuncture

Creating personal boundaries is essential to living a vibrant and truthful existence. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each of the body’s yin organs (Heart, Kidney, Spleen, Liver and Lung) has a spiritual component called its shen. When these “shens” are in balance, the emotional body is said to be healthy. The Kidney shen is called “zhi” and roughly translates as “the determination of the mind” or will. The zhi is strongly linked to the fulfillment of one’s original destiny or potential.…

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What is moxibustion?

In my private sessions, I often use moxibustion (colloquially known as ḿoxa). Moxa is an herb known in Chinese as Ai Ye and in English as mugwort or artemesia. It is an ancient form of heat therapy where the herb is burned near or on the needle (but not too close–moxa is painless and quite pleasant). Moxa is used to warm the channel and stimulate the movement of Qi and Xue (blood) in the body. So if somebody comes to…

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Acupuncture Points for Depression and Anxiety

When I worked as an acupuncturist in NYC, I would estimate 50% of my patients were coming in for emotional disorders such as depression and anxiety–NYC is a stressful place to live for sure! I found acupuncture to be an extremely effective way to ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety, particularly when coupled with therapy and exercise. The points I use most frequently for depression are as follows: (and remember, each individual is different and may require a unique…

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Laser Acupuncture for Pain

Having recently received certification in photobiomodulation (low-level laser therapy or “LLLT”), I have become fascinated with learning about the many conditions LLLT can be used for. It is is effective against musculo-skeletal pain, and I am going to use this blog post to review some of the studies of laser acupuncture on pain. The Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders found that along with exercise, maipulation, anagesics and acupuncture, Low Level Laser…

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