Saturday, October 24, 2015

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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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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.  

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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