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2014 The Year of the Horse
(Calligraphy Art Means Success with Horse)
January 31, 2014
begins the year of the Wood Horse. Wood is the element of spring when plants
have their new growth. In the Five-Element Cycle, Wood comes just before Fire
and so has a favorable relationship with it. Put Wood on Fire and get a big
The Snake's short
cuts (of 2013) just do not work anymore; instead, the year will progress at a
consistent pace quickening every day. The year of the Horse always starts off
in a walk and ends in full gallop. There is a choice in the year of the Horse
either join the race or watch from the stands. There is no middle ground.
This is a year for
leaders; those who want to create change and make a difference. That's not to
say that the "spectators" won't enjoy the year. They can still enjoy
watching the race and share in celebrating their success. There is something in
2014 for everyone if we stay alert, stay focused and stay fit and healthy.
2014 is an immense
turning point for 180-year cycle of fate. The actions you take during 2014 will
set the stage for the next 25 years. This is about forward thinking, strategic
planning and not for the feint of heart.
Horse will bring the opportunities but the pace is fast so you have to be quick
to recognize them and then to seize them. However, be mindful, the Horse tends
to leap before looking. Perform due diligence, use common sense and pick the
best times to act. But then don't hesitate.
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
Science Appears to Validate the Existence of Acupuncture
CT scans reveal anatomical structures of acupuncture points.
A CT (computerized tomography) scan is a series of X-rays used to create cross-sectional images.
In this study published in the Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena,
researchers used in-line phase contrast CT imaging with synchrotron
radiation on both non-acupuncture points and acupuncture points.
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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