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Smell the Flowers: Acupuncture and Allergies

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Acupuncture offers an effective drug free treatment for allergies.  So you can smell the flowers without worrying about being too drowsy and foggy brained. Acupuncture is different than taking a pill Antihistamines are commonly taken for allergies.  These are medicines which block the chemicals called histamines that cause the symptoms of allergies. Acupuncture is different than taking a pill.  Rather than a medication that will temporarily block a receptor, histamine in the case of allergies, acupuncture works to regulate the body’s functioning. The goals is for long term improvement from the acupuncture treatment. How does acupuncture work? The idea is that acupuncture helps to reset the body and remind it how to be healthy. As balance is achieved, your body

Acupuncture helps pelvic pain

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Research about acupuncture for pelvic pain is common question from my patients who are seeking help. There have been a number of studies focusing on acupuncture for pelvic pain, each showing acupuncture has a strong effect on pain and function. Here’s a summery of a few which I think are interesting. 1. Electroacupuncture relieves pain in men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome: three-arm randomised trial. (1) Thirty-six men with CP/CPPS were randomised to three treatment groups: advice and exercise plus 12 bi-weekly sessions of electro-acupuncture (EA), advice and exercise with sham electro-acupuncture (SEA), and advice and exercise (AE) alone. Acupuncture points used included bilateral stimulation of Ciliao BL-32, Zhongliao BL-33 and Huantiao GB-30. The needles were stimulated at 4 hertz

Chronic Prostatitis Without an Infection

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Chronic prostatitis sounds like it is a chronic bacterial infection of the prostate. But in fact most men that have chronic prostatitis symptoms do not have any bacterial infection. This is called Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS) and is classified as Chronic Prostatitis Category III. CPPS is the most common form of chronic prostatitis. If you have Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome then you can suffer from generalized pelvic pain, urinary problems, and sexual dysfunction. Urination can be painful, frequent, urgent, or inhibited. The pain can be intense or dull. It can be located on the pelvic floor, in the genitals, lower back, the lower abdomen, in the back of the legs, or other areas. CPPS affects every aspect of your

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