Doctor who is passionate about acupuncture

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Leading acupuncture specialist for facial rejuvenation, pain relief, stress relief, fertility, fatigue, anxiety.
Based at Kensington and Chelsea at Central London. Qualified as a medical doctor in Western medicine in China with a Medical degree from Beijing, China and a PhD degree from the UK. Many year research and clinical experiences. This blog is for information only.

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Guest blog articles
https://anamayahealth.blogspot.com/2018/03/dr-maggie-ju-talks-about-vulvodynia.html

Reviews
M Ju. (2015) What Part Does Acupuncture Play in IVF?
The Journal of Chinese Medicine And Acupuncture Volume 22 Issue 1 March 2015 P21
M Ju (2014) Current opinion in acupuncture on stroke rehabilitation
The Journal of Chinese Medicine And Acupuncture Volume 21 Issue 1 September 2014 P9

Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Factors affect wound healing.

Wound healing is a normal biological process in the human body and the process contains four phases: hemostasis, inflammation, proliferation, and remodeling.

For a wound to heal successfully, all four phases must occur in the proper sequence and time frame. Many factors can interfere with one or more phases of this process, thus causing improper or impaired wound healing. Generally, the factors that influence repair can be categorized into local and systemic. Local factors are those that directly influence the characteristics of the wound itself, such as oxygenation, infection, foreign body and venous sufficiency; while systemic factors are the overall health or disease state of the individual that affect his or her ability to heal such as age and hormones, stress, diabetes, ischemia, diseases, diabetes, obesity, medications including sterioids, chemotherapy, immunity deficiency, alcoholism, smoking, and nutrition.


References
S Guo et al J Dent Res. 2010 Mar; 89(3): 219–229.

Saturday, 26 September 2020

Acupuncture helps sleep quality in patients with insomnia by altering brain activities

Primary insomnia is that people have difficulty in falling sleep and difficulty in maintaining sleep. People with insomnia has caused an increased incidence of serious medical conditions, such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Acupuncture has been proven to be effective for insomnia with minor side-effects and has been increasingly used in private clinics located in 46 states in the United States as a treatment for insomnia.
Previous studies on the mechanism of acupuncture have revealed that acupuncture can affect the activation in brain regions. The activation in brain regions at 15 min after acupuncture stimuli were greater than the activation at 5 min after acupuncture stimuli.
A recent study recruited 129 patients with insomnia and examined the effect of acupuncture on insomnia. After the 5-week acupuncture treatment, patients sleep quality was improved significantly.
fMRI scan has shown that in the following brain regions are rrelated to sleep quality: right cerebellum posterior lobe, temporal gyrus (left middle temporal gyrus, left superior temporal gyrus), left extra-nuclear, right anterior cingulate, left parahippocampa gyrus, frontal gyrus (bilateral inferior frontal gyrus, left middle frontal gyrus, bilateral superior frontal gyrus), parietal lobule (right precentral gyrus, left postcentral gyrus, left supramarginal gyrus, left inferior parietal lobule, left superior parietal lobule, left precuneus). After acupuncture treatment, activities in these regions are altered.

References
Yu-Kai Wang et al BMC Complement Med Ther. 2020; 20: 254.

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Acupuncture improves clinical pregnancy rate and ovarian reserve

Infertility caused by various factors is defined as a couple’s inability to conceive after one year of regular and unprotected sex. Approximately one in six couples worldwide are affected by infertility In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a frequently used treatment method to achieve pregnancy. The success rate of IVF increases in conditions with good response to controlled ovarian stimulation (COS). Poor ovarian response (POR) has been accepted as a predictor of outcome of IVF. An abnormal ovarian reserve test (i.e., antral follicle count (AFC) less than 5-7 follicles or anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) less than 0.5-1.1 ng/ml) indicates poor ovarian response. Acupuncture has been used to treat infertility, as it improves the endometrium, promotes ovulation, and reduces pain during egg retrieval. Additionally, acupuncture is utilized in combination with IVF to improve fertilization rates. Acupuncture can reduce uterine artery blood flow impedance in infertile women undergoing IVF. Since ovarian stromal blood flow has been frequently used to predict ovarian response prior to IVF, acupuncture may affect ovarian response. A recent research has shown that clinical pregnancy rate, AMH and the number of retrieved oocytes were highest in the acupuncture group compared to control groups. References Soobin Jang et al Integr Med Res. 2020 Jun; 9(2): 100395.

Sunday, 20 September 2020

Acupuncture helps acne

Acne is a chronic inflammation in the hair follicles and sebaceous glands. The most affected areas are the face and chest and back, because these areas are the areas where sebum secretion is more active. Acne develops further and can produce skin lesions such as pimples, cysts, and nodules. Acne not only damages the appearance of patients, but also causes emotional distress such as anxiety or depression due to impaired appearance, which seriously affects the physical and mental health of patients. The causes are related to endocrine factors, immune factors, abnormalities of the hair follicle sebaceous glands, and mass reproduction of microorganisms.
Recent studies have shown that acupuncture can quickly reduce inflammation, relieve local tissue edema, congestion, exudation, adhesions, and other pathological changes. The white blood cell value changes significantly before and after acupuncture treatment. The white blood cell count of patients treated with acupuncture was significantly higher, indicating that acupuncture can promote the proliferation of white blood cells, thereby promoting the absorption of inflammation and playing a role in anti-inflammatory and anti-infection. Acupuncture has the function of promoting the absorption of chronic inflammation, which can destroy the diseased tissue and stimulate the body's absorption of necrotic tissue. Promote blood circulation: Local microcirculation problem and local skin lesions are present in acne. This was improved after acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture can help the absorption of inflammation and improve local blood circulation. It can improve the body's metabolic level.

For example, a study recruited 36 participants with acne. They were offered 12 treatments over 6 weeks.
The result has shown that there was a significant reduction in the inflammatory acne lesion counts, the Skindex-29 scores and the subjective symptom scores.

References
Byeong-Kook Son et al Acupunct Med. 2010 Sep;28(3):126-9.
Le Kou et al. Medicine (Baltimore). 2020 May; 99(18): e19764.

Saturday, 19 September 2020

What is collagen?

Collagens are the most plentiful insoluble fibrous proteins and major building blocks in the body accounting for 1/3 of the protein composition. They can be found in bones, skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. They are also found in many other body parts, including blood vessels, corneas, and teeth. The collagens in the human body are strong and flexible. They give the skin strength and elasticity and help blood clot etc.

There are 4 main types of collagens out of 16.

Collagens are known as structural proteins that holds the body together to provide strength and structure.

Type I consist of 90% of the body’s collagen and is densely packed fibers. It provides structure to skin, bones, tendons, fibrous cartilage, connective tissue, and teeth.

Type II is more loosely packed and found in elastic cartilage of joints.

Type III supports the structure of muscles, organs, and arteries.

Type IV helps with filtration and is found in the layers of the skin.

With aging, the body produces less and lower quality collagen.

For example, the skin becomes less firm and elastic. Wrinkles form, Joint cartilage also weakens with age.

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Saggy skin, tried acupuncture?

Acupuncture improves collagen production and resumes younger looking skin.

How the skin looking, young or old depends on the nature and organization of dermal collagen and the elastic fibers network. The collagens give the mechanical strength of the skin, whereas the elastic fibers are responsible for elasticity to the skin. They give skin elasticity and provide firm skin so that skin can bounce back when stretched.

The patterns of collagen organisation depend on the collagen types and other characteristics such as fiber length, fiber volume fraction and collagen molecular stretching, as well as the tilt angle of collagens determining its orientation. These change with age, becoming denser and begin to disorganise and contribute to the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin. Both elastin and collagen production decline as people age. These two proteins can also become deteriorated by external factors over time, such as: UV exposure, smoking, pollutants in the environment, excess alcohol, poor nutrition etc. Not taking care of your skin or health can speed up the process of skin aging. This can make your skin look saggy and wrinkled at a younger age. Saggy skin, on both the face and body, is also associated with the loss of fat.

Saggy skin can happen almost anywhere on the body. Common areas include eyelids, jaw, chin, throat, upper arms and stomach.

Acupuncture improves collagen and elastin production resulting in younger looking skin. This is proved by recent research study. In this study, 52 patients were participated. The result was assessed by an independent dermatologist. The result shows that skin laxity and tone had markedly improved in all patients resulting in a younger, fresher, healthier and brighter appearance of the patients' skin. Moreover, a reduction of wrinkles and fine lines was observed, as well as an increase in skin collagen and elasticity, with the skin looking more plumed and naturally ‘lifted’ without the aid of foreign substances that can sometimes alter facial features.

The laboratory analysed samples from a biopsy pre- and post-treatment and found that both the macroscopic, as well as histological characteristics of the skin were significantly improved. Trichrome staining demonstrated a more compact dermis, with a healthy matrix network Specifically, the collagen fibers were larger and thicker with a more ordered alignment of fibers of the treated skin as compared to the pre-treatment condition.This finding was also confirmed by electron microscopy which demonstrated an increased dermis thickness compared with the pre-treatment condition. collagen the fibers were disorganized and of poorer quality before treatment and were better organized, good quality fibers of a more ordered alignment after the treatment.

References

Maria Sifaki et al Exp Ther Med. 2020 Jan; 19(1): 717–721.

Factors affect wound healing.

Wound healing is a normal biological process in the human body and the process contains four phases: hemostasis, inflammation, proliferation...