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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fall Acupuncture Health Tips

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acupuncturist, Mark Moshchinsky in NYC

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Fall in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is associated with the 
Lungs and Large Intestine. Now is a good time to get your immune
 system in optimum condition to prepare for cold & flu season.

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 that stimulate your immune system. Acupuncture can adjust your energy to prepare the body for
a particular season, especially the one like 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.

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 potatoes, yam, beans etc 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.
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.

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

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

SelfCare Taking Care of YOURSELF

acupuncturist, Mark Moshchinsky in NYC
  (212) 533-1192


                        THAT FEEDS YOU !

Yes, YOU, YOUR hand !!!
I  joked with my friend. While she was eating her own cooked meal, she told me how good it was. I visualized her getting a spoonful of pasta and putting it in her mouth. 

Then I said: "DON'T BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU !" she said it does not make sense.  You be the judge and please leave a comment, so I know how people feel.

We all know what the expression means, and we all assume its someone else who is taking care of us or doing something for us.
BUT, it is actually our self who feeds us and is taking care of our self.  Very little to nothing happens in our World, good or bad without our participation.

So we all made it so far, it's time to give thanks to yourself and

I see it as BE YOUR BEST FRIEND, the only one who will always be there for you till your last day. Do not take this person for granted. Make sure the "hand that feeds you" - yourself is always happy, healthy and is getting a fare share of good Life.

The point is we are masters of our Happiness or Misery, so taking care of Your Self is a WONDERFUL thing. 

Be Well,Mark Moshchinsky, L.Ac(NCCAOM)Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

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Summer is associated in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with the organ of the Heart. We all know that heart pumps blood, but in Chinese Medicine it also has functions of housing the Spirit (sleep). It dominates blood and vessels, facial completion. 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 heart

FOOD for the Summer: Tomatoes, Watermelon, Cherries, Salmon and just about anything red in color would do   Click for Summer Foods           Click GoJi Berry benefit 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 controlling the mind is closely related to the function of heart dominating 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 of blood in the body, it will lead to the pathological changes of heart-mind manifested by heart palpitations, insomnia, dream disturbed 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 physicaly 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, 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, 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 allergies
tomatoes for the heart and summer
Tomatoes are great for the heart and the summer. They are cooling, full of antioxidants and benefits 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 the Summer is before 11:30am and after 4pm. It is less humid and hot. So the system is under less stress. When I see joggers on NYC sidewalks at 2-3pm, 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. Seasons change and so should your habits.If you liked the article, please share it or like it or pass it onto a friend.

Be Well,Mark Moshchinsky, L.Ac(NCCAOM)Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC
For appointment / consult call 212-533-1192
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Lemon juice and its applications in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

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acupuncturist, Mark Moshchinsky in NYC

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All you need is .... 
                  Lemon Water. Sour taste in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine corresponds to the Liver and Gall Bladder. When you squeeze lemon juice into a glass of water not only you are getting a doze of vitamin C, but it also stimulates digestion, detoxes the liver and if used frequently may prevent or even reduce gall stones (not varied by FDA).
lemon juice liver detox in acupuncture

Warm water or room temperature is advisable as cold or iced water will impair digestion and cold generally contacts objects so less blood will flow in to your digestive tract and warm as we know increases circulation so more blood in your intestines is a good thing.

Besides ice cubes in the past were known to contain fecal matter :(
DO you really need it ?  In authentic Chinese restaurants they always give you hot tea. So raise the sour glass and toast to your health,

P.S. BTW lime is good too.

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

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Spring season and Acupuncture. Allergy symptoms in New York City and symptoms relief.

acupuncturist, Mark Moshchinsky


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  (212) 533-1192

Spring season and Acupuncture belong to the Liver and Gallbladder. Many New Yorkers suffer from allergies in this season. Click to read on Allergies

Common allergic symptoms include: running nose, itchy watery eyes, sinus pain, headaches and more.

An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from different types of allergies. That is 1 in 5 Americans, including indoor and outdoor, food and drug, skin and eye allergies. Allergic reactions are increasing since early 1980s. It must be due to environmental pollution, nuclear and oil spills and mass fuel burning.
Spring in New York City. Taken in Central Park on the Upper East Side NYC.

Liver in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine helps store blood, important for women's health and helps detox the body. Some liver imbalances can cause irritability, insomnia, heart problems, excessive anger and more. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can regulate the liver to promote smooth circulation of energy in the body. 

Because the color for the Liver is GREEN and the taste is SOUR, eating green or sour foods such as avocados, green apples, lemons or lime, etc. help with liver health. It is a good idea to drink a glass of room temperature or warm water with a squeeze of lemon before food to detox the liver and help digestion or even lose weight.
water with lemon for detox
Liver opens into the eyes and therefore many eye problems especially in the Spring season are attributed to the Liver. Large intestine organ which has a relationship with the liver, controls the nose is often affected in the Spring and there you have it, eyes and nose symptoms in the Spring (sometimes Fall as well). 

Acupuncture points along the liver or large intestine meridians often reduce the headaches itching and pain. Some Chinese Herbs can also be used for more severe symptoms to cool off and regulate internal energy and organs and produce deeper lasting results.
spring salad
This salad is perfect for the Spring. Easy to make, light yet filling to 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, Brazilian, hazel, walnuts, etc.),  a bit of white onions, cilantro (to enhance the taste), sesame seeds and I like 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 more angry or 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 might be interested in this article or suffers with allergies, please share this article.

Stay well,
Mark Moshchinsky, L.Ac

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Forgiveness Letting Go and Acupuncture

Forgiveness sets Karma Wheels in motion in your favor ! 

When your forgive it does not meant you forget.


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forgiveness and acupuncture

Forgiveness allows you to practice non attachment 

None attachment is talked about in Yoga Philosophy, Chinese \

Medicine and many other Spiritual Practices. 

Attachments bring pain and suffering. When you honestly forgive and let go, you no longer attached to the past and are able to move forward.

Yesterday is gone, Tomorrow is not guaranteed.

All we have is NOW.

That is what it means to Live in the NOW ! THE PRESENT

Forgivness allows you to disconnect from the bad experience and save your energy and channel it in the proper direction allowing fast er healing.


It takes months and for some of us even years, but in the end you realize it is needed and its a healthy only option to move forward and pay attention to your life and the once close to you.

START YOUR Journey on a path to HEALING.

Healing comes in many ways. As a licensed acupuncturist in New York City, I see a lot of stressed people who can not let go or stuck in bad Life habits and patterns. Through Acupuncture treatments and special acupuncture points that induce deep relaxation and transform the mind into an objective way of thinking healing is facilitated.  

However the major healer and the master of your destiny is

 Y O U !

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