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2013 The Year of the Snake
The Snake is the terrestrial incarnation of the heavenly
Dragon. Whereas the Dragon in Chinese astrology evokes the spiritual, abstract
and mysterious side of Power, The Snake is eminently practical, represented by
slow and sure accumulation of energy and its endurance. The power of the Dragon
causes things to happen, but the Snake’s practicality does the work, gets
things done, and ultimately manages the benefits of the work.
The Snake in many
cultures is a symbol of healing and renewal. The Dragon is a creature of the
heavens, the Snake being of the Earth has a close association with herbal
medicine and the earth, making 2013 an optimal year for healing ones’ (spleen
and stomach) digestive issues. Contact me to make the year of the Snake your
year of healing and renewal.
Happy New Year, IRV
Irv Marcus works on
treating the whole person and specializes in
providing safe, natural treatments to people of all ages. His specialty
is combining holistic remedies and Chinese acupuncture and herbs to treat the mind, body, and soul.
Irv Marcus, Oriental Medicine Physician, treats
the full range of health conditions using safe, effective, time-tested
principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Irv Marcus Acupuncture serves West Michigan with office locations in Grand Rapids, Spring Lake and Fremont. Providing an array of modalities, based on TCM, that include:
- Chinese Herbal Medicine
- Dietary Therapy
- Korean Hand Therapy
- Auricular Therapy
- Qi Gong
What is acupuncture good for?
Acupuncture is particularly effective for pain relief and for
post surgery and chemotherapy associated nausea and vomiting. In
addition, both the World Health Organization and the National
Institutes of Health recognize that acupuncture can be a helpful part
of a treatment plan for many illnesses.
A partial list includes:
- addiction (such as alcoholism)
- carpal tunnel
- constipation, diarrhea
- facial tics
- irregular menstrual cycles
- polycystic ovarian syndrome
- low back pain
- menopausal symptoms
- menstrual cramps
- spastic colon (often called irritable bowel syndrome)
- tennis elbow
- urinary problems such as
The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture also lists a wide
range of conditions for which acupuncture is appropriate. In addition
to those listed above, they recommend acupuncture for:
- sports injuries
- neck pain
- nerve pain due to
- overuse syndromes similar to carpal tunnel syndrome
resulting from spinal cord injuries
- tinnitus (ringing in
- sore throat (called pharyngitis)
- high blood pressure
- gastroesophageal reflux (felt as heartburn or indigestion)
- chronic and recurrent bladder and kidney infections
- memory problems
- multiple sclerosis
- sensory disturbances
- anxiety and
other psychological disorders
Acupuncture for Chronic Pain
It's been around for more than 2000 years, but there seems to be more interest in acupuncture than ever. And scientific studies seem to back up the positive benefits of this alternative medicine on pain.
Acupuncture involves placing very thin needles in strategic positions on the body. "The needling causes biochemical changes in the body that reduce inflammation," says Martha Lucas, PhD, LAc, a nationally certified practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine and a licensed acupuncturist in Denver, Colo. "It also stimulates the release of neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing hormones. Frankly, I can't think of a pain situation that I wouldn't attempt to resolve using acupuncture."
Acupuncture Provides True Pain Relief in Study
A new study of acupuncture — the most rigorous and detailed analysis of
the treatment to date — found that it can ease migraines and arthritis
and other forms of chronic pain.
The findings provide strong scientific support for an age-old therapy
used by an estimated three million Americans each year. Though
acupuncture has been studied for decades, the body of medical research
on it has been mixed and mired to some extent by small and poor-quality
studies. Financed by the National Institutes of Health and carried out
over about half a decade, the new research was a detailed analysis of
earlier research that involved data on nearly 18,000 patients.
Acupuncture: A Personal Experience
by Susan Decker, Director of Clark at Home
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