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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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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

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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.  

If you know someone who may be interested in this article or suffers with allergies or other health issues please share this article.

Stay well,
Mark Moshchinsky, L.Ac

Thursday, March 5, 2015

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Your Winter Health & Acupuncture

Winter in Acupuncture belongs to the Kidneys
and Small Intestine
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Winter season is Kidney energy in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Kidneys are considered the main source of Yin and Yang energy. Kidneys rule reproductive organs, brain and bones to name a few. The color for the kidneys is black, taste is salty. (If you crave too much salt or avoid it all together than you may have a kidney imbalance.
Kidneys have a close relationship with the Heart. The element of Kidneys is water and is responsible for water metabolism.  So water retention in the lower portion of the
body could involve kidneys. 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 strong energetic imbalance. 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).  

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.
This is bone marrow ginseng  chicken soup and blood tonic herbs for the kidneys.


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, hestnuts etc.

Hot soups, especially made of 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.

Picture on the right: steamed beats with Brussels sprouts- easy to prepare, great for blood, liver, vision detox and more.

Animal Products: Pork, duck, lamb, eggs, cheese – Small amounts of animal protein can be used therapeutically here. 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 oatstraw 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. 

Acupuncture does not only reduce pain, but also readjusts your whole body's energy via organs an seasons. It calms and balances the mind, reduces stress, improves digestion and acts as anti-aging medicine allowing deeper sleep, better reproductive functions and greater DNA repair. As the new health law moves into effect, some insurance coverage changes. If you are covered by insurance, we can check your benefits and if not, you can buy our cost saving packages or use HSA or FSA.

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

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Acupuncture Vacation and Chinese Medicine

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Each sense that humans have corresponds to internal organ in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Sight, the Eyes to the Liver/Gall Bladder,  Smell - The Nose to the Lungs/Large Intestine, Hearing - Kidneys/Small Intestine and so on.
As "poor me" was eating breakfast in Mexico on Playa del Carmen in a local restaurant, I was thinking to myself why people take vacations and what we get out of it. Final summary will be revealed to the most patient ones at the bottom, so bear with me here as I am giving you a free vacation :).
First that came to mind intuitively was that most people remember great moments or people in still pictures, singular frames but not so much motion or multiple pictures. When we or at least I think of a loved one or a special place, I imagine a still frame of a place or a person. So I was sitting and trying to imprint the vacation environment into my mind for later recall. 

Taste has to do with Stomach/ Spleen
(Eggs and tacos in the picture ingeniously combined together.Below dessert bananas glazed in caramel and cinnamon, which I later dumped in the hot water and made it into
an herbal/medicinal tea).
While I was working on my taste memory, I later went to the beach to work on my visual memory followed by a quick swim/ exercise workout to burn the large breakfast and dinner calories last night. 
I decided to leave my hotel room and go by the pool to further extend my vacation memory moments. It was a good idea. What made it even better was that I realized instead of using my headphones listening to Ravi Shankar to tune everything and everyone out, it would be better to listen to the birds by the pool as everyone surprisingly was quiet. And so as I came to this conclusion, my senses of sight and hearing kicked in.

VACATION STRESS FREE environment helps the liver function better as anger is the emotion that damages the liver most, just watch that alcohol, cause it's the second enemy of the liver !

I have been to Playa del Carmen before and one of the things I remembered was mosquitoes :(  So upon first 2 nasty bites, I am writing to you from my hotel room. 

What really pushed me to take this (Click this link) VACATION MORE THAN ANYTHING ESLE was the death of few people. I always say: YOU CAN OUTLIVE YOUR MONEY, BUT YOU CANNOT OUTLIVE YOUR HEALTH.

CONCLUSION: Vacations are needed and serve great purposes in our mental and physical health.
1. Change of scenery distracts us from "doing business as usual mode". Gives our mind a mental positive boost.

2. It gives us a different picture and visual pleasure with healing abilities. Soothes the Liver.

3. Hearing different sounds works on the Kidneys.

4. Eating different foods with a calm mind with no worries helps digestion Spleen/ Stomach.

5. It puts us in an optimistic and renewed mood and it lifts our spirits and recharges our batteries, helps our sleep. We feel safer from disturbing bills and people we have to deal with. It could give us sleeping like a baby mindset and so it helps the Heart which stores the spirits and the Lungs because in acupuncture they have to do with sadness.  
Most of all, vacations give us that reboot button to restart, same way as you restart your computer or cell phone. It gives you a fresh start and helps you wipe out bad memories.

On that note, I am running out to work on my taste again. Hopefully I will have enough time to work out and do meditation that I missed.

In Sickness or in Health,
Mark Moshchinsky, LAc (NCCAOM)
Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Celebrate Life Every Day! Live to the Fullest !

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Celebrate Life Every Day! Live to the Fullest !

We are all aware when the day ends, the time we need to go to sleep or our appointment times and many other time related life events.

There is an expression we all are aware of: "DEATH AND TAXES". Every year we think of taxes, but rarely of the DEATH.

Before you decide that this is a depressing article about death, it is not. It is rather an inspiration to be aware of one's own expiration date - just like the food you need to eat or things to accomplish in a certain time frame.

We are all aware of people occasionally dying, but unless it is our family, relatives or close friends, it has little impact on most of us.

Once I came to work at the hospital I used to work at and found out that the guy i worked with every day on the higher floor died over the weekend from a heart attack. I remember on stress reduction class, he told everyone he was thinking of sex and that produced relaxation for him and that made him less stressed. Well I guess in the end it did not work that well.

I noticed I was a bit down, and was not sure why. I worked at that time with heroin addicts and HIV/AIDS patients who routinely died. And that did not affect me that much on the most part because I expected them to occasionally die due to drug life styles or diseases. At that time we did not have medicines as we have now.

I realized that over the last week I had a chest discomfort over intense arguments with the now ex-wife at the time and was thinking of death. Once I understood where it was coming from, I felt better.

Recently I learned from the Facebook that my colleague whom I saw for treatment just about 8 months ago and who had an office few blocks from mine had stage 4 Lung cancer. I was stunned, because he looked good. Few days later, I learned that he died.

Then about a week later on the dance floor, an acquaintance of mine came to me and said hello. I noticed that he was very pale and lost a lot of weight. I instinctly asked him the usual "how are you" and he said "stomach problems".  I asked him subconsciously what his diagnosis was, he said, "stomach cancer".
He told me he was optimistic about his treatment.

I remembered my friend of 220 lbs all muscles, years ago died from the same cancer type. I gave the guy my card and told him that acupuncture can reduce nausea and stress, etc. I also told him I am in a process of purchasing some European equipment that some people credit with great health benefits (Lyme, parasites, even possibly cancer cell destruction use in Europe). (Not FDA evaluated or approved statement) and we parted.

I ate 3 big oatmeal cookies and had Chinese herbs and over ate in general that day. That night I woke up with a stomach pain. First thought of the stomach cancer guy, took homeopathy and in the morning was fine.

All these made me think and reminded me how temporary we are all here. How short our lives can be and how important it is NOT to waste time. How important it is to stay focused on life goals and set daily goals. It made me more focused on my health and use tools available to me including acupuncture, herbs, yoga, meditation, relationship and friendship screening and others things for prevention, wellness and life improvements.

Nobody can predict how long one is going to live, but we all know the time will come. So I hope that this article will encourage and inspire YOU to be aware and take better care of yourself and your health, accomplish more in a shorter time. (It is not a coincidence that Steve Jobs did his best work after pancreatic cancer diagnosis. He knew his time limits and was pushed to the limits of his genius and creativity.)

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs are used in China alone or combined with other cutting age Western treatments for cancer and many other chronic ailments. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs and Homeopathy can be used as prevention in our genetic history (parents genes, life style.) It is a lot easier to prevent diseases and health risks then wait till it happens. That is what I started doing a long time ago. In our clinic we can do treatments based on patient's  family medical history. Ask us when you visit us.

The message is Celebrate Life, Live in the Present. Practice non Attachment.
As for me, after all these I decided to go on a well deserved vacation. I will talk to you later. Stay well.

In Sickness or in Health,
Mark Moshchinsky, LAc (NCCAOM)
Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC

Friday, February 20, 2015

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR - Year of Wooden Sheep/Goat

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Chinese New Year Sheep

Year of Wooden Sheep/Goat WoodSheepFemale woodSheep.

According to the theory of 5 elements in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine wood represents the liver. Liver does not like alcohol, toxins, or stress. But Sheep is also an earth animal, gravitating to stability, peace and harmony, so we should have a balanced year.

We all get a 2nd chance for a New Year resolution. Another reason to take a good look at our lives and make necessary adjustments for better health, prosperity and wellness. It's an opportunity to fine tune relationships with others and most of all YOURSELF.

As a frequent acupuncture and Chinese Medicine patient myself, (yes I needle myself) I use it to stay in peak shape and performance. Prevention is the best path to health and prosperity.
In Sickness or in Health,
Mark Moshchinsky, LAc (NCCAOM)
Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC