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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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This newsletter is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or cure.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Liver in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Life is Movement, Breathing and Relaxation.


LIFE is movement and movement is LIFE. As long as we breathe Life is sustainable. So breathe deeper, exercise more and relax savoring life at its best.

Liver in #Acupuncture and #ChineseMedicine spreads the energy in the body. 

Physical activities help distribute energy evenly in the body and promote health.

Be well,
Mark Moshchinsky, LAc (NCCAOM)

Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC
Copyright 2014 Tree of Life Acupuncture, P.C. New York, NY All rights reserved.

This newsletter is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or cure.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Chinese Year of The Horse and Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Tree of Life Acupuncture / Happy Year of the Horse  !                  

Hold your horses ! We all heard this phrase and I will explain how it applies to this wooden, year of the horse in the  Chinese New Year.

Here's my Year of the horse insights. Galloping horse going to its destinations is great, but you need to know where you are going so you get to the right place. So it will be important to set goals, carefully define them and then press full forward to reach them.

I expect a lot of changes and shake ups for most of us so sit tight it may be a bumpy ride.

Horses is a means of getting to a destination, so a lot of our goals can come true. It could be the year of achieving your goals or getting closer to them than ever before. You might just be surprised at the pace and bumps along the way, so we need to stay calm, detached and firmly fixed on the point of destination and not to be distracted.
chinese year of the Horse fish dessert

This picture of the mango fish dessert is a traditional way for the Chinese People to celebrate Chinese New Year. During Chinese New Year, Chinese serve fish whole with head and tail intact to represent a good beginning and a good end for the coming year. Fish symbolizes wealth, as the Chinese word for fish, "yu", sounds like the word abundance.

Hold your horses This is the year of the Wooden Horse. The element of Wood in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine has to do with the Liver and liver filters blood removes toxins, spreads energy in the body and also does not react well to stress and alcohol, so do not stress your liver. Also alcohol and anger damages the liver, so stay relaxed, consume alcohol in moderation and exercising would not hurt either !

After big runs and stressful events, allow yourself to take it easy and not feel guilty about it. A little bit of rest goes a long way. Remember even horses need rest and nobody wants to have an exhausted horse in a stable.

egg plant with garlic souse
Chinese New Year
Fake Pork with Gluten

The celebration of Chinese New Year usually lasts 15 days. I personally already went 3 times to New York's Chinatown. One time on the Chinese New Year's Eve and one time after. Apparently, on the first day of the year, you should not eat meat.

Shiitake Mushrooms with Broccoli
There are many traditions and customs associated with the Chinese New Year. Families thoroughly clean their house in order to sweep away any ill fortune and to make way for good luck. Windows and doors are decorated with delicate red paper cutouts and poetic couplets - pairs of corresponding lines of poetry that express people’s joy and hope for the New Year.  

The Sign of the Horse

you were born in 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, or 2014.
Many families gather for a big family reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve, and the Chinese people also pay visits to their relatives and so should You !
Be well,
Mark Moshchinsky, LAc (NCCAOM)
Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC
Copyright 2014 Tree of Life Acupuncture, P.C. New York, NY All rights reserved.

This newsletter is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or cure.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Kidneys and the WInter in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

  Tree of Life Acupuncture 

 Your Winter Health and Acupuncture   
 Winter in Acupuncture is for KIDNEYS


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Now that the holidays are over, we are left with a New Year's resolution. I hope that part of your resolution is to stay healthy and fit. Health is the most important aspect of our lives and we are rudely reminded of it when we get sick, stressed, depressed or do not sleep well. Best way to cultivate health is through prevention. People living in big cities like New York City get stressed more than an average suburban American. Regular exercises and proper food is something we all can do on daily basis.

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).
acupuncture and winter

Acupuncture does not only reduce pain, but also readjusts your whole body's energy. 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.

Kidney energy in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine belongs to the Winter season. 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. Heart is fire, so you want a balance of water and fire in the body. Some people are either too hot or too cold. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can help regulate the body temperature.

Kidneys control low back and if someone has chronic back pain, kidneys or its Yang pair Bladder channel is often chosen to treat it. 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.


ginseng chicken soupAny food black in color or kidney shaped are good in the winter. Black Beans, kidney beans (most beans) 
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.

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 and 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. 

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

Copyright 2014 Tree of Life Acupuncture, P.C. New York, NY All rights reserved.

This newsletter is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or cure.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Acupuncture for Pain & Prescription Drug Abuse in America

Tree of Life Acupuncture 

Acupuncture for Pain & Prescription Drug Abuse in the USA

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Drug overdose death rates in the United States have increased five-fold since 1980. Most prescription drug overdose and deaths occur due to pain.  By 2009, drug overdose deaths outnumbered deaths due to motor vehicle crashes for the first time in the U.S. Read more on drug overdoze 
Acupuncture offers a great degree of pain relief for most of the people.  Personally, I see about 80% success for pain in my clinic in New York City. Acupuncturists have many other methods to address the pain besides acupuncture needles like: Chinese Cupping Therapy, Moxa (Heat Therapy - burning of herbs to warm up acupuncture points) and Chinese Herbs to promote circulation of Blood and Energy which causes pain according to Chinese Medicine Philosophy. Click Links: How Acupuncture Works   Acupuncture for Back Pain  

I often see many of my patients taking 3 and more drugs to manage their health. Nobody knows what happens when you take few drugs at the same time, there are definitely could be some serious side effects that adversely effect anybody's health in a long run. 

Treatments like Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Homeopathy, Yoga, Exercises, Proper Nutrition and Life Style Changes can offer drug free powerful solutions. 


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Tree of Life Acupuncture 

Benefits of eating Sweet and regular Potatoes, Almonds and Pumpkin Seeds

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After having no clue what to eat for lunch, here is what I came up as you see on this picture below.
nutrition, sweet potatoes

Cooking Time: Close to 0.
I put potatoes in a pot with water on a small fire to let it boil and went jogging. After I came back, I peeled potatoes, mixed them and added seeds and almonds with salt (or whatever you like)

INGREDIENTS: Boiled Sweet and regular Potatoes, Pumpkin Seeds, Almonds and Tomatoes on the side.


It's important to have some fat in your sweet potato-containing meals if you want to enjoy the full beta-carotene benefits of this root vegetable. Recent research has shown that a minimum of 3-5 grams

Some nutritional benefits from sweet potatoes simply may not be achievable unless you use steaming or boiling as your cooking method

Nutrients in
Sweet Potato
1.00 cup baked (114.00 grams)
Nutrient%Daily Value

 vitamin A438.1%

 vitamin C37.2%


 vitamin B616.5%




 vitamin B510.1%


 vitamin B38.5%

Calories (102)5%

* Chart provided by The George Mateljan Foundation


 National Institutes of Health report that potatoes are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins and minerals that protect against cancer and promote heart-health.

1. Eating potatoes can reduce inflammation.  Potatoes are full of  carbohydrates, protein, calcium, niacin and Vitamin C. Because of the fiber in potatoes, they are soft and easily digested. The Vitamin C in potatoes make them great antioxidants which repair cells in the body. Potatoes can relieve inflammation in the intestines and digestive track.
2. Eating potatoes can increase brain function. The brain or nerve center of your body relies on several things to function, including balanced glucose levels, oxygen, Vitamin B complex, amino acids, Omega-3 and other fatty acids, among others. Potatoes contain  all these elements so your brain benefits.
3. Eating potatoes can help prevent cardiovascular disease. Potatoes are a great source of carbohydrates, protein, calcium, niacin and Vitamins C and B-complex. These properties help fight heart disease and keep blood pressure at normal levels. Potatoes also contain carotenoids, key to heart health and overall health and wellness.
4. Potatoes may offset incidence of kidney stones. There are an increasing number of studies that indicate that potatoes may have protective health benefits. For example, potatoes are rich sources of magnesium  which can offset the accumulation of calcium in the kidney.
5. Potatoes advance skin care. Potatoes have all the right stuff to optimize health and wellness. Potatoes contain Vitamins C and B-complex, potassium, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus, all excellent vitamins and minerals for your skin. Raw potatoes can be mashed and mixed with honey to make a masque for your skin. Raw potatoes can also be applied to burns and rashes to ease the swelling and pain.
1.  Heart Healthy Magnesium
One-quarter cup of pumpkin seeds contains nearly half of the recommended daily amount of magnesium, which helps the heart, proper bone and tooth formation, relaxation of your blood vessels, and proper bowel function.
Magnesium has been shown to benefit your blood pressure and help prevent sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack, and stroke, yet an estimated 80 percent of Americans are deficient in this important mineral.
2.  Zinc for Immune Support
Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of zinc (one ounce contains more than 2 mg of this beneficial mineral). Zinc is important to your body in many ways, including immunity, cell growth and division, sleep, mood, your senses of taste and smell, eye and skin health, insulin regulation, and male sexual function.
3.  Plant-Based Omega-3 Fats
Raw nuts and seeds, including pumpkin seeds, are one of the best sources of plant-based omega-3. 
4.  Prostate Health
Pumpkin seeds have long been valued as an important natural food for men’s health. This is in part because of their high zinc content, which is important for prostate health (where it is found in the highest concentrations in the body), and also because pumpkin seed extracts and oils may play a role in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, or enlarged prostate).
5.  Anti-Diabetic Effects
Animal studies suggest that pumpkin seeds may help improve insulin regulation and help prevent diabetic complications by decreasing oxidative stress.4
6.  Heart and Liver Health
Pumpkin seeds, rich in healthy fats, antioxidants and fibers, may provide benefits for heart and liver health, particularly when mixed with flax seeds.6
8.  Tryptophan for Restful Sleep
Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of tryptophan, an amino acid (protein building block) that your body converts into serotonin, which in turn is converted into melatonin, the “sleep hormone.” Eating pumpkin seeds a few hours before bed, along with a carbohydrate like a small piece of fruit, may be especially beneficial for providing your body the tryptophan needed for your melatonin and serotonin production to help promote a restful night’s sleep.7
9.  Anti-Inflammatory Benefits
Pumpkin seed oil has been found to exhibit anti-inflammatory effects. One animal study even found it worked as well as the anti-inflammatory drug indomethacin in treating arthritis, but without the side effects.8
In order to preserve the healthy fats present in the seeds, pumpkin seeds should be eaten raw. 

1.  They reduce heart attack risk.
Those who consume nuts five times a week have about a 50 percent reduction in risk of heart attack according to the Loma Linda School of Public Health.
2.  They lower ‘bad’ cholesterol.
3.  They protects artery walls from damage.
4.  Almonds help build strong bones and teeth.The phosphorus in almonds helps make this possible.
5.  They provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss:
  • Although nuts are high in fat, frequent nut eaters are thinner on average than those who almost never consume nuts. (Data from the Nurses’ Health Study)
  • Those who ate nuts at least two times per week were 31 percent less likely to gain weight than were those who never or seldom ate them in a study involving 8865 adults. (WHFood’s article on almonds)

6.  Almonds lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals.
7.  They help provide good brain function. 
Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, nutrients that boost brain activity and may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
8.  They nourish the nervous system.
According to Ayurveda, almonds help increase high intellectual level and longevity.
9.  They alkalize the body.
Almonds are the only nut and one of the few proteins that are alkaline forming.  When your body is not alkaline enough, you risk osteoporosis, poor immune function, low energy and weight gain.