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

Overactive Bladder Help with Acupuncture

Overactive bladder is a syndrome characterized by the frequent, strong, and sudden urge to urinate. Often, those with overactive bladder will urinate eight or more times during the day, and may also experience frequent urination at night. In some cases, individuals may experience urge incontinence, which is the involuntary loss of urine right after feeling the need to urinate. The syndrome can seriously disrupt your life by interrupting your work and make you avoid social situations. But Chinese medicine can help. Chinese medicine has been treating syndromes of frequent urination for over 2000 years.

Overactive bladder from the Western and Read More

Acupuncture for Gastroparesis

I serve as a volunteer expert on a number of websites for individuals looking for answers about health and Chinese medicine. Sometimes there is a question which I think would interest a lot of my readers. If you have a question about Chinese medicine, please feel free to e-mail me.

Question: I have diabetes and have been tested for the GP and found to be retaining more than 30% of my food after four hours. I was taking Zelnorm which seemed to help but that has been withdrawn. Now I am on Reglan but my bowels seem to get unstable Read More

How Acupuncture Treats Pain

The majority of Americans are in chronic pain or have experienced it.  More and more, people are seeking acupuncture for relieve of all types of chronic pain, from back pain and neck pain, to headaches and migraines, or chronic pelvic pain.

Pain can affect almost every system in the body and develops from many sources.It can occur from a chronic immune disorder, after an infection, from a physical injury, or from emotional stress. Often, pain stays around a long time after an injury has healed.

As a teenager, I first sought out acupuncture to treat my own … Read More

Immunity and Qi

As we move into fall, 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. For some, once they get the cold, it can be hard to fight it off. The sniffling, coughing, or sneezing may not go away and can even last all winter long. But boosting your energy, or qi, can help improve your immunity, which will help you get colds less frequently and improve your ability to fight them off. Acupuncture … Read More

Chinese cupping at the Olympics

The current Olympics in China are bringing many Chinese customs and traditions to the mind of Americans. And Chinese medicine is just the same.

Here is a picture of one of the Chinese swimmers who just had a cupping session for back pain. Cupping is an ancient therapy which reduces pain and promotes healing by increasing the circulation. In the procedure is quite simple and effective. A vacuum is created in a cup through the use of a small flame. The cup is “stuck” to the patients body, creating small round bruises. The cups stay on for about 5-10 minutes.… Read More