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Samuel Lewis Alban Gurman Birth Story

By Hannah & Joe Plans are made to be broken. Knowing this, when anybody asked us if we had a birth plan, one of the staples of contemporary childbirth, we always said we just want him to be healthy. But the truth is we had more plans than we were willing to admit. It was assumed that we would have a natural childbirth following the traditions of Hannah’s family. When Hannah was six months pregnant, we started a Bradley childbirth classes, which reinforced our assumptions and underlying suspicions of medicalized birth in the United States. These assumptions shaped our decision to give birth with a midwife at a birth center. Our birth class challenged many of the ideas and images

Acupuncture Takes Care of a Back Spasm

Acupuncture close on back

I used to have back pain and back spasms on a regular basis. Thanks to acupuncture and tai ji practice I have not had a back spasm in years. Until last week. A lot has been going on recently with me, moving into our new acupuncture office, we remodeled our apartment, and we have a little one on the way. I’ve had a lot on my mind. Also the New York weather has been humid which tightens my back muscles. When my back seized up, the pain was mostly on the right side of my lumbar. My lower back was so tight I could not stand straight and the pain was intense in my lumbar and sacrum. I could barely

What is Kombucha?

Kombucha is experiencing a revitalization as a healthy tonic beverage. While only recently gaining the popular spotlight, kombucha is believed to have first developed in China over 2000 years ago.  From there it spread throughout Asia, and within the last century, to the West. Some have said that kombucha can help with many types of illnesses, from insomnia, to poor digestion, and even reduce of gray hairs.  So does it do all that?  Let’s start with a little background. What is kombucha? Kombucha is a delicious fermented tea beverage. Its taste is both sweet and sour. Known as hóngchájùn (red tea fungus) in Chinese, the English word has been traced to Japanese etymology. The term “red tea fungus” can be

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Atopic Eczema

The itch in atopic dermatitis can take over your life. It is so intense, those with atopic eczema of wake up scratching. And after your scratch, the skin becomes more inflamed, itchy, dry, and lichenified. Most people with atopic eczema have a family history eczema, hay fever, and asthma. Allergies to foods, mold, or irritant substances may cause a flare in the condition (1). Atopic eczema is increasing rapidly in industrialized countries. Atopic eczema is treated most often with topical steroids that suppress the inflammatory response. Unfortunately, steroids also have many side effects. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help reduce eczema naturally. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine approach to Atopic Eczema Traditionally, Chinese medicine called eczema the “wind of four crooks”

Practical Acupuncture

Acupuncture is mysterious, acupuncture is unique, but above all acupuncture is practical. Often patients come in my acupuncture clinic and they are surprised how practical it is. And the main reason that acupuncture is practical is that 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, but the way it works is by correcting imbalances in the body. When the imbalance is removed you feel better. The acupuncture is just reminding the body how to be healthy. When a patient comes into the our office, we assess what the problems is, where and what imbalance is

Lunch Break Acupuncture

“Can I get acupuncture during my lunch break?” is a common question we get when new patients call. The answer is Yes.  Many of our patients enjoy coming to our calm, serene office for their lunch hour.  An acupuncture break is wonderful way to relax and stay healthy during your workday. One of the great qualities of acupuncture is that it can help a specific health concern and you also feel relaxed.  Come in for your back pain, neck and shoulder pain, or  headache and you will leave feeling relaxed and balanced. Our office is conveniently located in Midtown near Grand Central.  An acupuncture treatment takes about 50 minutes and we pride ourselves on running on time.  The new patient

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Skin Conditions

Skin diseases are one of the most common reasons to see your doctor. Yet, they are often stubborn conditions which do not respond to medications.  Or even worse the medications have side effects. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine offers a natural and effective treatment for many skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, perioral dermatitis, and others. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine has been treating skin diseases for at least 3000 years. The treatment of many skin diseases were discussed in the first known book of Chinese medicine, The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic (Huang Di Nei Jing). In the thousands of years since, Chinese medicine doctors and scholars discussed and debated the best approaches to treatment of skin conditions. Traditional Chinese Medicine Understanding

About my Bike Ride (Hint, it’s allergies)

It finally warmed up here in New York (well kind of) and I was out for a bike ride in Central Park.  It was a beautiful sunny blue sky day.   The tulips are in bloom and buds on the trees are coming out.  Everyone is excited to get out on their bike or go for a walk in the park.  Spring is in the air. Spring being in the air also means pollen is too.  During my ride, my throat became a little scratchy.  My eyes were becoming dry and irritated.   After I returned home, my sinuses felt full and heavy.  Allergies have arrived. Acupuncture and Herbal Formula for Sinus Congestion Acupuncture and herbs work wonders to prevent

Spring Allergies Again? Feel Better, Get Acupuncture

Spring has sprung.  Well not quite yet with this cold weather here in NYC.  But my patients are already telling me that their allergy symptoms are coming back. Acupuncture can help reduce allergies.  For those with severe allergies, it is better to start treatment before the allergies season to prevent the intensity of the symptoms. Read more about how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can reduce you allergies. Acupuncture for Allergic Rhinitis A Natural Treatment for Allergies Chinese Medicine for Allergies    

Chinese medicine for April Allergies

April allergies can be cruel.  Headache, itchy eyes, sneezing, and scratchy throat are overwhelming.   Chinese herbal formulas are very effective for reducing the runny nose and stuffiness, headaches, and itchy eyes, Nasal Symptoms and Sinus Headache For people with hay fever and sinus symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, and sinus headache the overall most effective formulas is called Bi Min Gan Wan, the nasal congestion formula.  This is a mild formula that helps to reduce headache, nasal congestion. Itchy Eyes In Chinese medicine, itchy eyes from allergies is generally from heat.  The herbal formula best for itchy eyes form heat is Sang Ye Tang.  This formula has mulberry leaf and chrysanthemum flowers that help to relieve itchy eyes.  Another effective formula