Acupuncture for Sports Injuries

The weather is warming up, and we’re getting outside more to enjoy ourselves and start training. With the time of weekend warriors and marathon training arriving, injuries will also occur. Acupuncture therapies are a great way to reduce and prevent injuries and pain.

Acupuncture and Cupping for Training

Acupuncture helps people train by reducing pain, increases circulation (therefore healing) and decreasing inflammation (also important for healing). Electro-acupuncture has also been shown to stimulate healing in muscle rehabilitation. This is probably why many people with chronic injuries that flare up when you start training will see improvement because the … Read More

Acupuncture Beats Cancer Pain

Acupuncture has a long track record of treating the severe pain associated with cancer. A new acupuncture study at MSKCC shows that both electroacupuncture and auricular (ear) acupuncture are effective for reducing pain from cancer.

This acupuncture study is exciting. It had 360 patients which is very large for an acupuncture research study. Hopefully this will influence insurance companies to increase coverage for patients living with cancer.

Acupuncture Helps with Cancer pain

The study showed that both electroacupuncture and auricular acupuncture helped patients relieve cancer pain.  However, the electroacupuncture was stronger for pain relief.

The patients in the study received … Read More

Acupuncture and Covid Long Haulers

It is now well known that COVID-19 virus risks not only becoming severely ill with pneumonia, but COVID-19 also may lead to chronic long term illness. This phenomenon has come to be known as COVID Long Haulers.

Can Acupuncture help COVID Long Haulers? 

Yes, I have had positive experiences helping patients with COVID long haul symptoms with acupuncture and herbs. The most common symptoms patients have come to me with are body pain, shortness of breath, inability to exercise, body aches, fatigue, and brain fog.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine doctors have described symptoms after one gets encounters and infection disease … Read More

Acne Healing Foods

The most important part of being healthy are your food choices. What you eat shows up in your skin and can help, or hurt, your acne.

Unfortunately, the common Standard American Diet (SAD) is terrible for your skin.

In addition to acupuncture for acne, I encourage all my patients to consider their food choices as part of a holistic treatment for acne.

The great thing is that it is pretty simple to do.

Eat Low Glycemic Index foods:

The glycemic index of foods has to do with how we process carbohydrates. High glycemic foods are full … Read More

10 Things to Know about Acupuncture for Pelvic Pain

Acupuncture is very effective at helping to reduce pelvic pain and the associated symptoms through reducing pain and inflammation, as well as releasing trigger points and taught fascia which cause referred pain.

I have extensive experience helping people with pelvic pain through acupuncture and have published a number of articles on the topic.

The research shows that acupuncture is better than standard pain management and anti-inflammatory medication for pelvic pain.

What is Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome?

Pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, or Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS) is a chronic condition that causes much suffering.  Those with pelvic pain can … Read More

Living in the Now

During the pandemic it is so easy to dream about the future.  When will life get back to normal. When can I go out to my favorite restaurant or see a show.  We are living in an alternative reality which few of us imagined could happen.  All of that make us think about not being here and in this moment, wishing for the future.

Of course we want everyone to stay healthy and life to return to normal. And we have to recognize not only the direct health threats of COVID-19, but also the toll it takes on families, kids, … Read More

Mindfulness Meditation Resources

Mindfulness meditation has gained attention to reduce stress, calm the mind and emotions, and in many cases can help relieve pain.  Mindfulness meditation is simple in theory, we take the time and energy to pay attention to our sensations and emotions. Jon Kabat Zinn, the founder of Mind Body Stress Reduction has called this giving ourselves loving kindness.

In the current moment, we certainly need some loving kindness.  The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we spend our days.  Due to the restrictions in our lives, and worrying about the state of the world, there has been an explosion in stress … Read More

Acupuncture COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

During these trying times, we at Alban Acupuncture hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. 

As always, the health and safety of our patients and staff are our first priority.  Below is an outline of our strict office safety protocol.

Safety Guidelines for Coming for Acupuncture

Please do not come in if you or someone in your close contacts has experienced fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, chills, recent loss of taste or smell, or other symptoms related to COVID-19. If you are experiencing these symptoms, please contact your primary care provider. Please see
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Chinese Medicine Dermatology: An Intro

I am very excited to share the new E-book we have been working on for so very long: An Introduction to Chinese Medicine Dermatology.  (This E-book can be downloaded through the above link).

I am very honored to work on this project as an author and editor.  This project is very near and dear to my heart as I am closely involved with both partner organizations.   The book was a was  collaboration between the International Traditional Chinese Medicine Dermatology Association and Learn Skin, the online integrative dermatology organization.

Many thanks to all of the hard work and experience … Read More

Acupuncture, Acne, and LED Light Therapy: Synergistic Effects

Acupuncture therapy for acne encompasses many techniques: acupuncture, cupping, Chinese herbal medicine, and LED light therapy.  By combining different natural therapies, the treatment addresses specific aspects of acne during the cycle of development. The ultimate goal of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is to treat the root cause of the acne and bring balance to the body.

Customized to You

Not all acne is alike so treatment also needs to be personalized to the type of acne. Are there predominantly white heads and black heads, inflammatory acne, hormonal acne, or cystic acne? Is it hormonal acne?

Our treatment is customized to … Read More