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Topical Oils for Atopic Eczema

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Understanding atopic eczema is necessary for understanding why topical oils can help.  This post focuses on atopic eczema but these oils can help any type of eczema. What is Atopic Eczema? Atopic eczema can be understood through looking at each of the words in the condition. Eczema describes characteristics of dry inflamed skin. Atopic is specifically used to refer to people who have an elevated IgE reaction to allergens including eczema, hay fever (seasonal allergies), food allergies, and allergic asthma. IgE is an antibody which shows that the person has an allergy. Some patients will have eczema without atopy, that is those with non-atopic eczema do not have elevated IgE levels in their blood. However, many people, up to 80%

New Study Shows Children Eating Peanuts Prevents Allergies

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Food allergies are a growing problem in the United States and around the world. In fact, the rates of food allergies grew 50% between 1997-2011. But still we don’t know the exact cause. Theories include issues with dietary deficiencies, environmental exposure to toxins, and overuse of antibiotics and antimicrobial cleaning products (you can read more about the microbiome in this blog post). We do know that food allergies are a developed world problem. You can see rates of allergies rise as countries improve their economies with more industrialization. At one time the standard advice to parents was to avoid peanut exposure in young children. But this did not stem the tide of the growing number of allergic children. Those doctors

How to Treat Back Pain with Acupuncture

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Back pain is one of the most common ailments for people to stay home from work and miss school.  The good news is that acupuncture is very effective at treating back pain. Not all back pain is alike and each acupuncture treatment is tailored to your experience of back pain. I find that the most important factors in back pain treatment are what acupuncture points to use, how long the needles stay in, what position the patient should lie, the use of electroacupuncture, cupping, or tui na. 1. The right acupuncture points?  There is not one specific acupuncture point for a given condition.  Acupuncture points are chosen based on location of the pain, type of the pain, and the underlying imbalances

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Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Atopic Eczema

Alban Acupuncture PC is pleased to announce we are now in network Acupuncture Providers with United HealthCare. If you have insurance coverage through United HealthCare and would like acupuncture, please call 212-319-5757 or e-mail us to qualify your benefits. We will need some information from you including your full name, insurance number, and date of birth to verify the insurance. Be sure to include the best contact number should we need more information. Our office must qualify your insurance prior to your visit. We cannot use the insurance for acupuncture unless we have first qualified the benefits.    This is because contacting your insurance company takes time and our office cannot do it at  the time of your appointment. Read more about New York Acupuncture Insurance Coverage.  

Practical Acupuncture

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Many people believe acupuncture is mysterious.  It’s not.   Acupuncture is practical because it works.  It’s not about the body’s energy or imbalances that are the root of your problem. It’s about feeling better and staying healthy. Feel Better, Get Acupuncture Acupuncture is about staying healthy.  The acupuncture works by reminding the body how to be healthy. Acupuncture works on many levels. First it works where the problem is to release tight muscles and reduce inflammation.  It works to heal the connective tissue in the region and reduce trigger points.  Acupuncture also works within the central nervous system, in the brain, to stop pain and regulate hormones. Acupuncture is a simple idea but complicated in practice Creating an effective therapy

Balance as Health: Yin and Yang

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Yin and Yang, Balance as Health One of my secret indulgences is watching food television programs. In a recent international baking competition, the American team created a cake based on the theme of yin and yang. It occurred to me that what started as a Chinese philosophy has now become a part of the world’s vocabulary, but few people understand this concept in the context of Chinese philosophy and medicine. Origins of Yin and Yang Originally, the terms yin and yang referred to the two faces of a sun-bathed mountain. They called the sunlit face yang and the shady side yin. Philosophers observed that while these two sides are opposites, they are inextricably linked. When there is light, there is

Why Heat Causes Headaches?

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Summer is finally here in New York.  Most people are happy about the hotter weather but for many with chronic migraine and tension headaches warmer weather will trigger a headache. It’s not just you alone.  Many research studies on weather patterns causing headaches show an increase in temperature to be a significant factor in triggering headaches.  An increase in humidity was also a factor for most types of headaches. Acupuncture doctors have observed this phenomena for centuries. Weather and climatic factors are one of the major causes of headaches in acupuncture.  Acupuncture uses the weather patterns — wind, dampness, heat, cold, and dryness—as descriptions of the pattern of symptoms you are experiencing. Why does weather affect headaches so much? While Western science cannot fully

Preparing for Your First Acupuncture Treatment

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Coming in for acupuncture for the first time?  Here’s are the most commonly asked questions. What should I wear? People come to their acupuncture treatment dressed in everything from business suits and dresses to sweatpants. We will have gowns and towels so you can change if need be. Many people prefer to wear loose clothing so they do not need to change.  Most acupuncture treatments begin on your arms and legs so changing is not always needed. For specific joint pain conditions, such as back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain, Joseph will have to look at your posture and balance.  If is helpful to wear shorts or boxers for men and a sports bra for women. For skin conditions,

Acupuncture for muscle rehabilitation

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Many people find it hard to recover from an injury even with rounds of therapy. Stellar athletes, weekend warriors, people working in an office with with repetitive stress injuries,  and older individuals can all have problems recovering from an injury.  Many of my patients have tried dozens of therapies before finding their way to our acupuncture office. Electro-acupuncture has a unique effect to help individuals who have stubborn injuries and chronic pain. Not only does acupuncture reduce pain and inflammation, but acupuncture also stimulates the growth of muscle tissue. In a report at the Experimental Biology 2012 meeting suggests that electro-acupuncture helps to stimulate muscle tissue regrowth.  The research group showed that acupuncture reversed the decrease in muscle mass in

Too Many Painkillers Maybe Causing Your Headache

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Many people with chronic headaches take pain killers almost daily. A report from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the United Kingdom states that taking too many pain killers is actually making your headaches worse. The guidelines define overuse of pain medication for more than 15 days out of the month. Types of chronic headaches include migraine headaches, tension headaches, and cluster headaches among others. What happens is the nervous system becomes accustom to the medication, which makes it require more and more medication for relief. But taking more of the medication may actually lead to another more intense headache.  This can lead to a cycle of headaches and pain relievers causing more headaches. The guidelines suggest that