Doctor who is passionate about acupuncture

I love what I do, I am good at it and I am always there for my patients. If you come and see me, you will know why I am standing out. .

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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 and articles

Maggie Ju (2014) Current opinion in acupuncture on stroke rehabilitation

The Journal of Chinese Medicine And Acupuncture Volume 21 Issue 2 September 2014 P9

Maggie Ju. (2015) What Part Does Acupuncture Play in IVF?

The Journal of Chinese Medicine And Acupuncture Volume 22 Issue 1 March 2015 P21

Maggie Ju (2020) The Potentiality of COVID-19 Treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine in the UK

The Journal of Chinese Medicine And Acupuncture Volume 27 Issue 2 November 2020 P9


Friday, 24 November 2017

Acupuncture is effective for constipation

Chronic constipation is a common symptom that affects nearly 16% of the world population. It has big impact on the patient’s quality of life. Acupuncture is used to treat constipation in China. Recent research has also shown that effectiveness of acupuncture on constipation. For example, there was a research involved in 1075 patients. These patients were divided into two groups: acupuncture group and sham acupuncture group. The study lasted for 20 weeks. The improvement started from 1-8 weeks. 72% patients had improvements in week 9. The response lasts for 12 weeks after the treatment period. Patients with increasing age and coexisting illness may be less likely to respond to acupuncture.

Reference
Yang X et al Plos One (2017) 12:e0187723.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Acupuncture is effective to treat endometriosis

Endometriosis is a chonic inflammatory, gynaecological condition that can result in long-lasting visceral pelvic pain and infertility. Also women with more advanced degrees of endometriosis showed higher CA-125 levels in both serum and peritoneal fluid. Much research has shown that acupuncture could be an effective treatment for endometriosis and may relieve pain. Recently a review has analyzed the effect of acupuncture on endometriosis. 10 studies involving 589 patients were included in the review. The main outcomes assessed were variation in pain level, variation in peripheral blood CA-125 level, and clinical effective rate. The result has shown that acupuncture has significant effect on pain reduction, lowing blood CA-125 and increased clinical effective rate compared to the control. Current research has suggested that acupuncture could be an effective way to treat endometriosis and help release the pain and decrease the blood CA-125 level.

Acupuncture releases pain by increasing pain thresholds in human subjects, and it would appear to activate analgesic brain mechanisms through the release of neurohumoral factors, including adenosine, γ-aminobutyric acid, opioid peptide, acetylcholine, nitric oxide, noradrenaline, dopamine) and others. Acupuncture also enhances the ability of the immune system to more actively eliminate malignant cells by increasing the ability of NK cells to kill cancer cells.

References
Xu Y et al Plos One 2017 Oct 27;12(10):e0186616.

Acupuncture reduces jaw joint pain and improves jaw joint movement

Temporomandibular disorder can cause pain in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. This is a common condition of chronic jaw joint pain. The aim of the treatment is to reduce pain and increase the motion of the joint. Butts R et al reviewed the non surgical treatments for this condition. Based on the research evidence they suggested that acupuncture can help to release the pain and improve the joint movement. For example a study by Gonzalez-perez et al investigated the effect of needling on temporomandibular disorder. 48 patients were divided into two groups needling group and medication group. Dry needling acupuncture was applied once a week for three weeks and assessment was carried out before and after treatment. They found that needling group has better pain reduction than medication group. Pain reduction, maximum mouth opening, laterality and protrusion movements compared with pre-treatment values had significant improvement. There was no side effect found in the needling group.



References
Butts R et al J Bodyw Mov Ther (2017) 21:541-548
Gonzalez-Perez LM et al Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal (2015) 20: e326-33

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Osteoarthritis and acupuncture

There are growing acupuncture use amongst people with osteoarthritis. Recent research from Australia has studied acupuncture use in people with osteoarthritis. In this study 403 Australia women aged 45 or over with osteoarthritis participated. Analysis revealed that 7.7% of women reported using acupuncture in the previous 12 months for their osteoarthritis. Acupuncture use is positively associated with women experiencing longer duration of time since initial diagnosis of osteoarthritis.

References
Yang L et al Int J Clin Pract (2017) Nov 3. doi: 10.1111/ijcp.13040. [Epub ahead of print]

Healing from emotional and psychological trauma with acupuncture

Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extremely stressful events that traumatise the brain and leave you struggling with upset...