Mushrooms for Lowering Cholesterol

Mushrooms are phenomenally versatile organisms.  Some are delicious, some are remarkable medicine, and some are both.

When it comes to mushrooms to lower cholesterol, you can have your mushroom and eat it too!

How can mushrooms lower cholesterol?

Mushrooms are inherently good at lowering cholesterol due to their high fiber and protein content.  Mushrooms make great protein substitutes for high cholesterol foods.  For example in Asian cuisine, mushrooms are often mixed in a meat dish which reduces the amount of meat that is eaten and adds flavor.

Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms in particular have cholesterol lowering abilities as medicinal mushrooms.1  … Read More

Preventing the a Cold during the Change of Seasons

Every year in early October I blog about home remedies for the common cold.  That’s because every year my patients come into the office coughing, sneezing, and with sore throats and ask me what to do.

Fortunately I don’t get a cold this time of year because I know a few techniques to prevent it.

Why do people get colds during the change of seasons?

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine explain that you are more susceptible to a cold because body’s energy, or qi, is stressed. The qi is responsible for your immune functioning.  So when your qi is taxed, your … Read More

Focus on what you can eat

This morning NPR ran an interesting story discussing weight loss and food choices for women of the Baby Boomer generation.

The take home message is simple, focus on what you can eat.  Rather than bemoaning all the desserts and rich foods you cannot indulge in, think about increasing the fruits and vegetables.  This will help you to be satisfied so it is easier to cut down on dessert.  Not that you can’t have dessert, but a smaller portion and less often is better.

Simple choices and voila, you have yourself a healthy diet.  These healthy habits will follow you around, … Read More

All About Acupressure

Acupressure is the massage of acupressure points and channels.   I often use acupressure and tui na (Chinese medical massage) combined with with acupuncture in my clinic.

Acupressure in context

To really understand how acupressure works, we have to see it as part of the whole of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Chinese medicine dates back thousands of years.  The first book of Chinese medicine is called the Huang di nei jing, or the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Cannon.   

acupressureThe book is a conversation between the Yellow Emperor and his doctor, named Qi Bo.  Qi bo explains that health comes from a state … Read More

Allergies and Depression

Flowers 1I developed seasonal allergies in my 20’s.  For years I did not notice my allergies so much as I noticed I was moody when the flower bloomed.  I didn’t understand if everything is so beautiful why was I feeling so blue.

Eventually I realized my headaches, stuffy nose, and moodiness was allergies.

Scientists have reported that depression increases with allergy symptoms. Most people thought that mood changes during allergy season were simply related to feeling uncomfortable from the sinus pressure, headache, sneezing, and watery eyes.  Recently researchers have suggested there is a connection between the inflammatory processes that lead … Read More

The Causes of Migraine Headaches

This morning on NPR there was a very informative piece about the causes of migraines and why women suffer more from migraines than men.

The story explains the that one reason migraines occur is because of bursts of electrical activity in specific areas of the brain.   Often they begin in  the visual center, which is why people will get auras from migraines.  Then it will travel through different regions explaining why there can be so many different symptoms related to the migraine headache.

Originally women were thought to get more migraine was because women cannot handle stress.  However, now … Read More

Feeling Better

The power of the body to heal and change is remarkable.  It is important to understand that the healing process is not linear.   Some days are better than others.  This is true not only for acupuncture, but for most changes in our lives.

Change happens slowly.  People don’t wake up one day and everything is better.  It is a gradual improvement.  You can’t learn how to play the piano or tai chi overnight.  What’s more, gradual change is more sustainable.

Acupuncture is not like a pill or surgery.  We are not cutting anything out of the body.  Acupuncture is simply … Read More

What Conditions Acupuncture Treats

What does acupuncture treat?

During the past year I have been adding a section to my website focusing on the commonly treated conditions in my clinic.  It is not yet comprehensive, but over the next few months I will continue to build this section.  Currently, I have a number of in depth articles detailing the acupuncture treatment.

Skin Conditions

Chronic Pain

Urology

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Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

Alban Acupuncture PC is pleased to announce we are now In Network Acupuncture Providers with Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield.

If you have insurance coverage through Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, 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 Read More

Best of Acupuncture 2011

As the year is coming to a close, I am looking over much of the writing I’ve been doing over the year.

In 2011, I wrote many articles explaining how acupuncture works.  Here are some of my favorite.

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis

If you have a specific question about acupuncture or Traditional Chinese Medicine, let me know in the comment section.… Read More