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Contrary to popular belief, acupuncture is not just sticking needles into people. It is a way of gently coaxing healing from the body, by helping the body to listen to itself.

While acupuncture is one of the pillars of Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, dietary habits and the influences of foods, movement and postural practices, and a vital blend of ancient physiology along with a keen observational eye for how multiple systems work together all are aspects of Chinese medicine that we will discuss here on Everyday Acupuncture.

So in addition to acupuncture we will touch on those wider aspects of Chinese medicine. And even some aspects of modern medicine as they relate to the ancient Chinese wisdom about health and well-being.

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Contrary to popular belief, acupuncture is not just sticking needles into people. It is a way of gently coaxing healing from the body, by helping the body to listen to itself.

While acupuncture is one of the pillars of Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, dietary habits and the influences of foods, movement and postural practices, and a vital blend of ancient physiology along with a keen observational eye for how multiple systems work together all are aspects of Chinese medicine that we will discuss here on Everyday Acupuncture.

So in addition to acupuncture we will touch on those wider aspects of Chinese medicine. And even some aspects of modern medicine as they relate to the ancient Chinese wisdom about health and well-being.

    EAP-094 Is Chinese Medicine The Same As Acupuncture? with Dr. Heidi Lovie DACM

    EAP-094 Is Chinese Medicine The Same As Acupuncture? with Dr. Heidi Lovie DACM

    My name is Dr. Heidi Lovie. I am a Chinese medicine practitioner in New York city Manhattan. And I've been in private practice since 2009. One of the questions I often get asked by medical doctors or other healthcare practitioners is how do I refer to myself and how do I refer to the field when I don't automatically open with, Hey, I'm Heidi, the acupuncturist Chinese medicine is really complex, beautiful medical system unto itself. And there are eight pillars in the medicine, five of them that we use therapeutically in the treatment room. And another three we don't often talk about because they're not applicable quite in the same way, but they're equally as important. So the treatment room five are nutrition, our nutrition herb.
    Movement, which is the right movement for the right body. tuina a type of medical, massage and acupuncture. But when I say acupuncture, that's really a title heading for anything where I'm using a tool, whether that's the needles or whether that's gua sha cupping moxibustion, we have many things at our fingertips.
    The other three, which I have to give a tip of the hat to because they're equally important. Are meditation, feng shui and cosmology. And please note, I did not say astrology because I don't care what your rising sign is most of the time, but what we're looking at is what. Has impact on our human experience internally, what is impacting our human experience locally and work or the home.
    And what's impacting our human experience on a much grander scale, a cosmological, a broader scale. And those are things that we can sometimes shift a little bit, but they don't have quite the same therapeutic immediate impact that the treatment room five. And so because we have this deep, broad education acupuncture school is often in many places in the us four years, full time.
    In addition to what other undergraduate you did, but because we have these, I can tell a patient, Hey, you don't need me. You need a steak. You don't need me. You have to go for a run you don't need me. You need to upgrade the diet, but then I'm actually able to give suggestions, work with the patient and offer solutions in a meaningful way where we can impact their health and move them towards their health goals.
    So when you're looking for an acupuncturist, you always wanna find somebody who's licensed. , this is a difficult licensure to get. We have to graduate. We have to do clinical experience. We have to pass our boards. We often have state testing that we have to do as well. And you wanna look for somebody ideally, who is also an herbalist.
    You don't always need that. In a practitioner, but it's a good thing to have because they have that extra thing to offer you in the treatment room. So we're much more than just needles and I encourage you to visit your local acupuncturist to see for yourself.
    I'm Michael max from Yong Kang, Chinese medicine clinic in St. Louis, Missouri today, with some thoughts on the question of what does acupuncture feel like?
    Acupuncture feels fresh baked bread, a stone perfectly skipped, an unexpected call from an old friend…. Like old photos recovered from a dusty attic, misplaced vitality from another time becomes accessible with the right stimulation from a few skillfully placed needles.
    Acupuncture can turn you on dime, reflect back to you your brilliance, call you to account for your habituated excuses, and slip you into a quiet so nourishing and vast you cannot help but touch on appreciation and wonder.
    It feels like a well-swung bat, a nicely banked shot, a satisfying sneeze. Acupuncture wiggles you through constrained emotions, it loosen the heart and expands your chest in the same deep-sigh way that forgiveness creates an extraordinary amount of space in your spirit.
    You can find the traces of acupuncture on an fMRI, in the cortisol count of the blood, the disappearing inflammation of a stomach lining, electrical activity of the brain, and growing life in what was a cold...

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    EAP-093 What Does Acupuncture Feel Like? with Michael Max LAc.

    EAP-093 What Does Acupuncture Feel Like? with Michael Max LAc.

    I'm Michael max from Yong Kang, Chinese medicine clinic in St. Louis, Missouri today, with some thoughts on the question of what does acupuncture feel like?
    Acupuncture feels fresh baked bread, a stone perfectly skipped, an unexpected call from an old friend…. Like old photos recovered from a dusty attic, misplaced vitality from another time becomes accessible with the right stimulation from a few skillfully placed needles.
    Acupuncture can turn you on dime, reflect back to you your brilliance, call you to account for your habituated excuses, and slip you into a quiet so nourishing and vast you cannot help but touch on appreciation and wonder.
    It feels like a well-swung bat, a nicely banked shot, a satisfying sneeze. Acupuncture wiggles you through constrained emotions, it loosen the heart and expands your chest in the same deep-sigh way that forgiveness creates an extraordinary amount of space in your spirit.
    You can find the traces of acupuncture on an fMRI, in the cortisol count of the blood, the disappearing inflammation of a stomach lining, electrical activity of the brain, and growing life in what was a cold womb. It brings an unexplained sense of contentment and well-being. In the same way the warmth of Spring conjures flowers, acupuncture turns on the internal light and vitality.
    It’s not uncommon that you’ll feel better in unexpected ways.
    Less like mechanics and more like cooking, the selection of acupuncture points is as ever changing as your own unfolding being. What helped you last week might not be what is called for today. Like an artisan chef knows a spice in its own season is used differently than when it has been dried and preserved, so too with acupuncture we look both to the present, and the steps that lead you to this moment. All of you is invited to an acupuncture session. And because the “problem” that brought you to acupuncture is connected to everything else. You might notice your sleep improving, or mood curiously stable, even though it’s your digestion we focused on.
    What else does acupuncture feel like?
    It feels like a writer who has banished the “editor” from her mind and writes with the abandon of a sandstorm. It’s like the fire and spark prayers of a sculptor to his muse. It's the wind in the canyon, the scent of gardenia on a summer soft night. The growl of a jaguar in the night.
    Acupuncture touches the underwater web that connects all Life. Ties together lost loose ends and unravels the knotted constraints that have been holding their breath for release.
    Acupuncture is as different as every turn of a kaleidoscope. It is a compass that points toward the center. Inviting as a grandmother's apple pie, and with the potential of a hurricane's landscape changing power.
    What will acupuncture feel like for you? Visit your local acupuncturist and find out.
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    EAP-092 Can Acupuncture Help Me Quit Smoking Or Lose Weight? with Michael Max LAc.

    EAP-092 Can Acupuncture Help Me Quit Smoking Or Lose Weight? with Michael Max LAc.

    I’m Michael Max from Yong Kang clinic in St Louis, MO.
    It can help. But, if you think that it will magically make you do something your heart is not really set on, then you are wasting your time and money.
    Now it could be that I’ve just not figured out how to use acupuncture to bring about miracouse habit change. But my experience so far is that habit change is a parcipaparoty sport. And what’s more all the homeostatic balances that hold your body in balance and health are working against you because the body, and the mind for that matter, does not like change.
    How do you know this? Try changing your breakfast time. Or add some new foods to your diet. Immediately you’ll notice the friction that goes with change. Our habits might not be the best for us in the long run, but in the moment, our physiology is tuned more for maintaining the status quo than it is at promoting change. Your body has lived its way into it current balance and it has to live its way into a new one. And that takes time. Perhaps a season, or two for new behaviors to gain roots and old ones to wither and blow away.
    As a patient of mine once said. “I’d like to get better at the fastest pace that nature will allow.” Now…. There’s some wisdom for you.
    So back to the question, can acupuncture make you stop smoking or cause you to lose weight. I’d say not directly. But it is helpful for navigating the journey of change. It helps with the anxiety that arises when you’ve let go of someothing that previously calmed your jangled nerves. It helps with sitting with the emotions that you previously soothed with food, and it can help, again….in time…. With regulating the digestive and hormonal systems so your body runs with a slightly different metabolism.
    Acupuncture will not force you to do something you don’t want to do. But it is a good traveling companion for those moments when you’ve grabbed the wheel of your life and charted a new course.
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    EAP-091 What To Expect On Your First Acupuncture Appointment, with Stacey Whitcomb LAc.

    EAP-091 What To Expect On Your First Acupuncture Appointment, with Stacey Whitcomb LAc.

    My name's Stacy Whittcomb. I am a licensed acupuncturist in Bellingham, Washington, and I am also the host of the AcuSprout podcast. What to expect on your first acupuncture visit before I go into the details I just want to preface this with that.
    We're all. Just like any other profession, but in general, these are some things that you may expect to happen. First of all, many acupuncturists and Asian medical practitioners offer a consultation prior to your first visit. . A consultation offers you an opportunity to ask the practitioner any questions that you may have.
    Questions. Like how many treatments is it going to take? How often do I have to come in? Does acupuncture hurt? , consultation is my way of making sure that we are a good fit in my practice.
    I actually only take patients who are willing to participate in their healing, people who are ready for an individualized treatment plan, which may include anything from dietary changes and strengthening exercises to going to bed earlier. Okay. So on your first visit, your practitioner may suggest that you have eaten in the last couple hours and that you wear clothing that
    makes it easy for the practitioner to access your lower legs and arms
    like a doctor visit, you'll enter a treatment room and sit, we usually do a very thorough intake, which includes a lot of questions that seem completely unrelated to your chief complaint. That's because acupuncture and Asian medicine is holistic. We're looking for patterns which help guide our diagnosis.
    It may seem very weird to you and yes, we do know this, but for example, that ly and bloated stomach can definitely be related to your insomnia. After the intake, we may ask you to lie on the table or sit, and we will feel the pulses in your wrists.
    Like I mentioned before, this is just another piece of defining the pattern diagnosis so that we can guide our treatment properly. Then we'll look at your tongue. You will probably feel a little silly because it can feel a little silly. And then we should have a pretty good picture of your diagnosis and put together a needle sequence to treat you at this point.
    I usually explain that the first treatment is just us getting to know each other . I like to make sure that you're comfortable with the process. I typically only use a couple needles on the first visit with minimal stimulation.
    This is also a really great opportunity for me to see how your body responds to the treatment that gives me the information that guides future treatments. People's experience of acupuncture is different.
    Your stomach may growl. , your pain dissipates, your anxiety might melt away and relaxation may set in or. You could absolutely feel nothing. And that's okay too. It all takes time. It takes time for our bodies to heal and adapt. You. Don't go to the gym once and expect to lose 20 pounds of fat and gain 10 pounds of muscle.
    Lastly, after the needles are taken out, you'll pay for the visit and reschedule. I like to get all of our visits scheduled in advance. That way I can ensure that we stick with the plan and you don't fall behind because my schedule is too full later
    After your treatment pay attention to your body. Are you sleeping better? Is your digestion better? Do you feel more calm? Great. Now go tell your friends.
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    EAP-090 I Don't Believe In Acupuncture with Stacey Whitcomb LAc.

    EAP-090 I Don't Believe In Acupuncture with Stacey Whitcomb LAc.

    This is Stacy I'm a licensed acupuncturist and the host of the AcuSprout podcast.
    I don't believe in acupuncture. This one. I hear every once in a while, and sometimes even from a patient as I'm doing acupuncture and because it's not my job to convince anyone that it does work. I usually just reply. That's okay. You don't have to believe in it for it to work acupuncture. Isn't a religion.
    It's it's not the big bang theory. It isn't Santa Claus and it's not magic. It's a medicine. That's two to 5,000 years old. It worked back then and it works now whether you believe in it or not. So when someone tells me that they don't believe in acupuncture, I always wanna ask them if they believe in anesthesiology, because most people I know would never look an anesthetist in the eye and say, I don't believe in anesthesiology.
    I think the anesthesiologist would have a similar reply as mine. Mm-hmm yep. That's. 90 night, but don't you think anesthesiology is weird. Someone shoots stuff into your veins and you go to sleep and you feel no pain when you wake up and you don't remember anything. do you know how that worked?
    Here's the web MD's explanation of anesthesiology general anesthesia works by interrupting nerve signals in your brain and body. Prevents your brain from processing pain and from remembering what happened during the surgery. So guess what? Acupuncture affects the body similarly, and then some acupuncture needles also interrupt nerve signals in your brain and body.
    They help balance the body's reaction to pain and inflammation. They regulate hormones, calm the nervous system and help your body heal. But let me clarify. I would not go to an acupuncturist in lieu of anesthesiology. So that wasn't my point here, but I definitely would use it postoperatively to reduce swelling, inflammation, and pain and to speed healing.
    The world health organization was formed in 1948 to coordinate international health within the United nations. And they set standards for governments and large organizations in order to improve the health of global citizens.
    Current. The world health organization now recommends acupuncture for over 100 conditions.
    Acupuncture has been scientifically proven to be an effective treatment option. And that includes adverse reactions to radiotherapy and chemotherapy allergic rhinitis, biliary concolic depression, dysentery dyspenia epi Astria facial pain, headache, hypertension, hypertension, induction of labor, knee pain, leukopenia, low back pain, malposition of the fetus.
    Morning sickness, nausea, vomit, neck pain, pain. Inden per arthritis of the shoulder, postoperative pain, renal colic, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica sprain stroke, and tennis elbow. Oh, and that long haul COVID that is keeping you from smelling your food. That ailment that Western medicine doesn't have a cure for.
    I've successfully treated that using acupuncture in a custom herbal formula. And I imagine that that patient didn't believe in acupuncture when she first came to see me, but now she does. So you may not believe in it because you don't know how it works or because it's not really part of our native social construct of medicine, but when was the last time you asked how ibuprofen knows that that pain is in your ankle or.
    How about that blue pill that can cause erection.
    Do you know how that works?
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    EAP-089 How Do I know Acupuncture Will Help? with Michael Max LAc.

    EAP-089 How Do I know Acupuncture Will Help? with Michael Max LAc.

    How do I know acupuncture will help me?
    You don’t. I don’t know either.
    It’s like any other process of discovery and intervention. We first strive to understand your present situation. What brought you to this point. What holds your current condition in place. Acupuncture and East Asian medicine seeks first to understand. Understand not just the mettlesome symptom that lead you to pick up the phone for an appointment, but to get a sense of how these symptoms and annoyances fit like puzzle pieces into the rest of your life. What holds them in place. What else are they connected to? Are there several seemingly unrelated issues that are in fact all connected?
    Unlike the currently popular “evidence-based” medicine model of lining treatments up with symptoms and letting researcher’s data or insurance company policies decide on the best treatment for you. Chinese medicine is an observation-based medicine that seeks to understand each individual, your unique situation and how all that fits into the greater context of your life.
    Acupuncturists don’t look to “get rid of the problem. “ We seek to understand the problem and then help to either strengthen the innate resources a person has for self-healing, or seek to alleviate symptoms so the body has an opportunity to fall into it’s own best balance. Usually we craft a treatment that both works on the root causes and the symptomatic mischief that caused you to reach out for some help.
    Will acupuncture help?
    As with so much in life you will not know until you give it an honest try. An honest try being roughly 4-6 treatments. While there are miraculous changes that sometimes occur with one treatment, by and large for most people, you’ll need a few treatments to get a sense of if the acupuncture is helping and in what ways it is helping. Remember, while acupuncture may seem exotic, it’s medicine, not magic.
    Just as you would give your physical therapist a month or so to correct a problem, give a surgery several months to heal, or a course of drugs 4-6 weeks to see if you respond well, so too it takes some time to understand how you respond to acupuncture.
    And one more thing, because in the human body everything is connected to everything else, do be surprised if your sleep or digestion improve, even though you’re being treating for a stiff neck.
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