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Patients are always asking me why I named by business “NINE Acupuncture & Wellness Center.” In simplest terms, the number nine was chosen because it is a very interesting number, mathematically, philosophically and spiritually. And my office ended up being on the ninth floor completely by coincidence!

What follows are some amazing things about the number nine.

Nine is considered to be the ‘final’ number in the base 10 system, where all numbers are represented by ten distinct forms (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9).  As such, it becomes a limit, a bound, or the ultimate attainment.  The Greeks called “nine” the horizon, where the Ennead, or the nothing/void lay beyond.  Expressions such as “a cat has nine lives,” a “cat-o’-nine-tails,” “the whole nine yards,” “cloud nine,” “dressed to the nines,”  “a stitch in time saves nine,” and “possession is nine point (or nine-tenths) of the law” are all variations of the concept of the ninth level being the nth degree, the highest level, or the maximum possibility.

“9” in China
The number “nine” is considered “utmost yang” and was taken to symbolize the supreme sovereignty of the emperor. For this reason, the number “nine” (or its multiples) is often employed in palace structures and designs. A noticeable example is the number of studs on palace gates. The studs are usually arranged in nine rows of nine each, totalling eighty-one. (A simpler form of this configuration can be find in the logo for NINE Acupuncture & Wellness Center!)

While I was studying acupuncture and Chinese medicine I began noticing the number nine in particular techniques and theoretical explanation. I’d always had a particular affinity to the number three but it was the number nine I found to be truly fascinating upon further exploration. As the most auspicious number of celestial power in ancient Chinese, 9 became the rule in 9 great social laws, 9 classes of officials, 9 sacred rites, and 9-story pagodas.  The festival of the “double yang” was held on the 9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month. And then there’s my favorite: the Magic Square.


The Magic Square
The Chinese saw the 3X3 magic square as a harmonious blend of the nine archetypal principles of number and a paradigm of cosmic structure and process, mirroring the supreme order of the universe.

   4    9    2
   3    5    7
   8    1    6

In this arrangement, the three columns, three rows and two diagonals always add up to fifteen.  In Feng Shui the numbers within each cell of the magic square have specific significance for working with the earth’s subtle creative energies for the good of society and the environment.[Note: the 3X3 magic square also appears in the cultures of Tibetan Buddhism, Islam, Jains of India, Celts, African, Shamanic, Norse, and Jewish mysticism.]

9 in History and Around the World
Ancient and modern traditions are replete with ninefold symbolism. The Norse God Odin was the ruler of nine worlds and hung for nine days on the Yggdrasil tree. The Greeks honored 9 muses. The city of Troy in Homer’s Iliad and Oddessey was besieged for 9 years, while Odysseus wandered for 9 more years in trying to return home.  The Egyptians honored a company of nine gods. Nine was the central number of Celtic tradition. Native American, Aztec, and Mayan myth recognized nine cosmic levels (four above, earth in the center, and four below). In Scandinavia, 9 day fertility feasts were held every 9 years. 

In Christian symbolism, there are 9 orders of angelic choirs in 9 circles of heaven and 9 orders of devils within 9 rings of hell. Abraham was 99 when the Lord spoke to him, Islam acknowledges the 99 Beautiful Names of God, and “amen” (from the Hebrew “so be it”) transforms in the Greek alphabet into the number 99.  

Beethoven wrote 9 symphonies, after which he died.  To this day, a superstition among many musical composers forbids the numbering of a symphony past the number 9.  Mahler wrote more symphonies, but never named any one of them, number 9.  

9 seems to be particularly associated with the process of human birth.  In addition to the 9 months of gestation, and 9 openings of the body (all of which operate in some fashion in connection with conception and gestation), there is also the fact that the tail of the sperm is made of 9 twisted threads, which after uniting with the egg, forms a centriole, which is a circle of 9 parallel tubes.

Some say John Lennon had an obsession with the number 9, possibly supported by his songs: “One after 909,” “Revolution No. 9” and “#9 Dream.”

9 in Mathematics
Examine the nines time table:

9 X 1 =   9
9 X 2 = 18
9 X 3 = 27
9 X 4 = 36
9 X 5 = 45
9 X 6 = 54
9 X 7 = 63
9 X 8 = 72
9 X 9 = 81
9 X 10= 90

What can we deduce from the nines time table?Is there a pattern, is it random or perhaps luck?Here are two interesting patterns:
1) Single digits of the product ascending and descending!
2) Sum of the two digits of the product equals nine! This works for any number multiplied by nine:
1439 x 9 = 12,951          Add 1+2+9+5+1 to get 18. Add 1+8 to get, you guessed it: 9!So this means that any number that adds us to nine is divisible by nine!

Just for fun

“Finger” representation of the nines time table:

Perform the following steps and you’ll be amazed!

Example: 9 X 3 = 27

Turn your hands so that your palms are facing you. The thumb of the left hand represents the number one and the thumb of the right hand represents the number ten. The multiplier (2 in this case) represents the third (middle) finger. Bend this finger. Count the amount of fingers to the left of the bent finger. In this case the answer is two. This represents the tens column. Next, count the amount of fingers to the right of the bent finger. In this case the answer is seven. This represents the ones column. Combine the two digits (ones and tens column) to yield an answer of  27! This can be done for all multipliers up to and including ten.

Serial number on the dollar bill:
Take the 8 digit serial number and scramble it to form a new number. If you then subtract the smaller of the two numbers from the larger one then add all of its digits and keep repeating this until the final result is a single digit. The answer will always yield the number 9!

Phone or calculator keyboard:
Choose any 3 digit column, row or diagonal and arrange these digits in order and multiply this number by another row, column or diagonal. Again add all of its digits and keep repeating this until the final result is a single digit. The answer will always yield the number 9!

NINE and Ashley’s Personal Numerology
Numerology is the examination of numbers (calculated by the date of one’s birth or one’s name) and their effect on a person’s life. I was recently informed that in numerology, my personal life path number is 9!

What is Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine?”
In its simplest form, acupuncture is the process of stimulating particular areas of the body (acupuncture points) with thin, sterile needles to encourage healing, relieve pain, unblock congestion and strengthen chronic deficiencies. Acupuncture is one aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which also includes herbal therapy, moxibustion, Tui Na (medicinal massage), etc.TCM is a body of knowledge that has evolved over thousands of years. It is a pre-scientific, rational body of thought which utilizes the understanding that human beings and the Earth are part of a system of interconnectedness.Say, for example, that you have a pain in some part of your body. This pain represents a blockage of energy or “qi.” Relief will be obtained when the body relieves this blockage. An analogy found in nature is water flowing naturally down a stream. Suddenly, an avalanche of rock falls into the stream, diverting the path of water. This means that the water must flow outside its channel, creating disruption on the land. The energy of your body is similar. When this energy (or Qi) gets blocked, it creates disruption or pain. One of the ways the acupuncture works is by helping the body regulate the channel(s). 
What is Acupuncture and TCM used to treat?
The World Health Organization recommends the following disease patterns be treated using this holistic modality:

  • Sports injury
  • Infections (cold, flu, bronchitis)
  • Internal (colitis, diarrhea, constipation, ulcers, high blood pressure, hypoglycemia)
  • Musculoskeletal & Neurologic (arthritis, back pain, tendonitis, Bell’s Palsy, headache, stroke, sprains)
  • Mental-Emotional (anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia)
  • Ears, Eyes, Nose, Throat (ringing in the ears, earaches, dizziness, sinus infection, sore throat, allergies)
  • Reproduction & Genitourinary (premenstrual syndrome, pelvic inflammatory disease, impotence, infertility, irregular periods, morning sickness, menopause, urinary problems)

TCM also treats a variety of addictive conditions including substance abuse with remarkable efficiency.

What can I expect from a session?
After reviewing your case history, you can expect to lie quietly on a massage table with the needles inserted for approximately 20 minutes. Upon insertion minimal or no discomfort is felt. Client responses include a deep, relaxed, dreamy feeling where they desire to rise slowly, to any energetic bouncy feeling where the patient is eager to move quickly and lightly.
How many sessions will I need?The number of sessions needed depends on the individual and the severity of the illness. The practitioner will assess with you the number or treatments she thinks you may need over a period of time. Generally speaking, acute conditions take fewer treatments than chronic ailments.

The goals of sports acupuncture treatment are simple: increase performance and decrease injury rehabilitation time. In her practice Ashley strives to always consider the underlying health and habits of the individual so I may treat the person and not just the injury. By supporting an individual on the root level–one’s basic tendencies in health and living–it is her belief that all aspects of that patient will improve.As a sort of weekend warrior herself, she became familiar with other local cyclists, runners, skiers, etc. and quite by chance fell into sports acupuncture as a focus for her practice. This is a population she has greatly enjoyed working with over seven years of practice and she has found success in not only the treatment of strains, sprains, tendonitis and overuse injury but also in general performance enhancement and overall balance in terms of the athlete’s general well-being.Depending on the athlete’s presentation the focus of treatment may be on an injury itself, balancing opposing muscle groups or injury prevention. Typically a patient will be seen one to two times per week in the injury phase and somewhat less frequently for maintenance and performance enhancement.For more information please call to speak to Ash in person.WOMEN’S HEALTH
Women of any age benefit from the use of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for a variety of ailments including PMS or irregular cycles, other menstrual disorders, endometriosis, fertility and subsequent pregnancy issues or women suffering from hot flashes and mood changes during menopause. FERTILITY:
Fertility is of special interest lately with the recent publication of a study on the impressive effects of acupuncture to improve the success rate of IVF (in vitro fertilization). [Acupuncture & IVF article] Chinese Medicine has successfully treated infertility for thousands of years and continues to prove highly effective for both women and men. Acupuncture is able to increase the chances of pregnancy through natural conception and often in conjunction with IVF, IUI, and other ARTs because it has been clinically shown to:

  • Regulate and stabilize hormone levels
  • Help produce more follicles
  • Increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries by lowering impedence 
  • Thicken the endometrial lining
  • Reduce the chance of miscarriage
  • Strengthen the immune system and the overall health of the body
  • Reduce stress
  • Absorb nutrients and maintain ideal weight
  • Faciliate relaxation
  • Improve the quality of sleep
  • Be free from side effects that may introduce toxicity to you and your baby

Acupuncture relieves the most common symptoms of menopause primarily by regulating the drastic changes in hormone levels women experience during menopause. This leads to a significant decline in hot flashes and an increase in energy, appetite and sense of well-being without the harsh side-effects of hormone replacement therapy.Acupuncture can help:

  • Significantly Reduce hot flashes
  • Overcome fatigue and insomnia
  • Improve symptoms of depression
  • Increase your appetite
  • Improve your body’s circulation and cardio-pulmonary functions
  • Regulate menstruation
  • Relieve aches and pains
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