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Welcome to Fall! We here at Alban Acupuncture hope you thoroughly enjoyed your summer, and are ready to move into the crisp, autumn air! We would like to announce that as of September 9th, we have begun our new Friday morning hours, for all of you who can benefit from an early appointment to start your day. We are taking appointments from 7am to 11am on Fridays. Additionally, we will have office hour on alternating Saturdays. For this month, September, we will have Saturday hours on September 24th from 11am to 4pm. Our full schedule is Tuesday: 11am-8pm Wednesday: 11am-8pm Thursday: 11am-8pm Fridays: 7am-noon Every Other Saturday: 11am-4pm Also, for future reference, Joseph will not have office hours on Tuesday,

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Stress incontinence is an all too common problem after having a baby, prostate surgery, or developing over time. It’s not something people always want to talk about, but it affects many aspects of your life.  Stress incontinence can occur because of weakening of the muscles of the pelvic floor and bladder sphincter. The good news is that acupuncture can help reduce stress incontinence. Electro Acupuncture for Stress Incontinence I have treated many people with urinary incontinence and frequent urination with electroacupuncture in my clinic. My acupuncture therapy usually focuses on acupuncture points that lie on the urinary bladder and kidney meridians on the lower back and the legs. A recent study found that electroacupuncture reduced amount of urine leakage and

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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 specifically to your experience of back pain. These are the most important factors to consider. 1. What are 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 causes the pain.   For example, in the case of the an acute muscle spasm, the acupuncture needles are placed around the spasm in a

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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.  

Alban Acupuncture PC is pleased to announce we are now in network Acupuncture Providers with Cigna.  If you have insurance coverage through Cigna 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.

During the change of seasons a lot of people are worried about getting sick. I am cautious too, because during the change of seasons we are especially vulnerable; a sneeze, cough, or a cold wind can easily give you a cold. Acupuncture can help prevent a cold by improving your immunity through boosting your energy, or qi. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are powerful therapies to build up immunity and qi. How Are Qi and Immunity Related? As you all know, the immune system is responsible for protecting you from all types of invaders like viruses and bacteria. In Chinese medicine, immunity comes from qi, the body’s energy. Qi is similar to our general idea of energy in the West. It

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Back in eighth grade, Mr. Hankinson, our shell-shocked gym teacher, used to yell in my ear, “Stand up straight, stick your chest out. Why are you breathing with your belly? Only BABIES breathe with their bellies. Breath into your chest like a MAN.” He was right. Babies do breath into their abdomen. But good old Mr. Hankinson did not know that belly breathing is more natural and relaxing. Breathing with your belly maximizes the use of your diaphragm muscle, which is located between the chest and abdomen, and is the primary muscle of respiration. Natural diaphragm breathing does not draw air into your stomach, but rather contracts the diaphragm, causing the abdomen to rise and fall. This reduces the use

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