Acupuncture for Weight Loss

Patients and acupuncturist have long touted acupuncture as effective for weight loss, and the scientific community finally agrees.  A recent metanalysis in the International Journal of Obesity showed that acupuncture was effective at promoting weight loss.  For those who do not know, a metanalysis is more definitive study which examines many many previously performed studies.

The people who received acupuncture lost more weight and were more likely to reduce obesity that either people receiving placebo acupuncture,  lifestyle changes, or medication.

Sound like great news, how does it work?

Acupuncture works by addressing imbalances in your body, and correcting them removes … Read More

Prevent a cold with Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, and other Tricks


This time of year it is very easy to get a cold. The temperature is changing, wind is blowing, and leaves are falling. Chinese medicine, and many other traditions (and grandmothers too) have powerful natural remedies for treating and preventing colds.

Here are some recommendations you can do to boost your immunity or remove cold virus before it has a chance to get you.

Gargling with Salt Water  : We all know that salt has long been used as a preservative for food.  This is because it prevents the spread of bacteria by dehydrating the cells in which they live. … Read More

How to Kick your Cold

There’s a bad cold going around here in New York City.  Actually it is probably a couple.  People are coming into the office everyday coughing and sneezing up a storm.  Others have a chest cold and sinus headaches.  What is it from?

I think this changing weather does not allow your body and your energy to adjust.  So your immune system is unprepared for the bugs.

There are things you can do to prepare.  Don’t get caught without knowing what to do when you have early signs of a cold.

What to do when you start feeling sick

1. Gargling Read More

Stop Excess Sweating with Chinese Medicine

Everybody sweats. Sweating normally occurs when a person becomes too hot or in reaction to emotions such as nervousness, anxiety, fear, and anger. But some people sweat a lot without being hot, nervous, or anxious. The sweating usually occurs on the hands, feet, armpits, and the head. This is called hyperhidrosis which may be very uncomfortable and embarrassing. This even causes some people to avoid social situations. But there is hope, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help reduce the excessive sweating by addressing the underlying imbalance at the root of the problem.

What are the causes of hyperhidrosis?

Most often, … Read More

Acupuncture and the Mind Body Connection

Although most patients come to see me for physical complaints, like back and shoulder pain, painful urination, migraines, or asthma, many find improvement in their mental state as well. A few of Chinese medicine’s good “side effects” include better sleep, less anxiety and depression, and help in stress management. After their first treatment, most of my patients notice that they feel more relaxed and often ask me why.

A few of Chinese medicine’s good “side effects” include better sleep, less anxiety and depression, and help in stress management. For example, a patient who was coming in for a skin condition … Read More

Immediate Relief from Shingles

Most patients come to see me for chronic issues like chronic pain or skin conditions. But Chinese medicine can also give fast relieve and healing.

This patient was a old patient of mine, who had found relief for irregular menses and digestive issues. But this time, she came in with Shingles. I noticed a number of my patients had shingles this spring. Shingles are a reemergence of the chicken pox virus which usually travels along the course of a nerve.

She is a young woman in her 30’s. The lesions were on the left side of upper back and scapula … Read More

Help for your insomnia

Insomnia is very difficult to deal with, and can impact the work, social life and overall quality of life. But this is an alternative to sleep aids. Acupuncture has a long history of treating this condition, and I have seen many people in my clinic overcome sleeping probelsm. Recently, I was published in Medical Acupuncture about how to treat difficulty sleeping.

As with all acupuncture treatments, treating insomnia should address both the
root cause and the branch symptom of the illness. The branch treatment means to help the person relax and go to sleep in the near future. It is … Read More

Acupuncture for Chronic Prostatitis Category III: Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome

Joseph Alban, M.S., L.Ac, was recently featured in the British Journal of Urology International for acupuncture treatment of Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (updated May 1st, 2013)

Men with Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS), or Chronic Prostatitis Category III, suffer from pelvic pain, painful, frequent, urgent, or difficult urination, as well as sexual dysfunction. The pain can be intense or dull and is generally located on the pelvic floor, in the genitals, lower back, or the lower abdomen. These symptoms can be severe and affect all aspects of your life, resulting in depression, lost work and educational opportunities, and … Read More

Belly Breathing: Breathing for Stress Relief and Relaxation

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 … Read More

Food for the Winter to beat colds and flus

Do you feel under the weather when the temperature to plummet? Here are some easy recommendations from the Chinese medicine pantry to help you ward off the nasties’ of the season.

Use ginger in your soups, teas, and stir-fries. Aromatic and warming, ginger infusions are particularly good to drink after getting caught in cold, wet weather. Just a few slices of fresh ginger will go a long way.

Use cinnamon in your oatmeal to warm the kidneys and digestive organs on an everyday basis.

Keep carrots around the house. Often called baby ginseng because of their ability to increase qi, … Read More