Doctor who is passionate about acupuncture

Doctor who is passionate about acupuncture

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Leading acupuncture specialist for facial rejuvenation, pain relief, stress, anxiety, emotion, depression relief, fertility and miscarriage
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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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, 26 January 2018

The occipitalis muscle, what do you know about it?

The occipitalis muscle is a muscle that covers parts of the skull at the back of the head. It together with frontalis muscle is known as occipitofrontalis muscle. It arises from the upper neck along the base of the skull (occipital bone) and innervated by the facial nerve. Its contraction draws the skull back and contributes to the headache.

The occipitofrontalis muscle consists of two parts: the occipital parts as mentioned above and the frontal parts. These two muscles are connected by epicranial aponeurosis. The frontal parts are called frontalis muscle. The frontalis is continuing from the aponeurosis and is inserted in the fascia of the facial muscle and in the skin above the eyes and nose. This muscle is facial expression muscle and it draws the scalp back to raise eyebrows and wrinkles the forehead.

Acupuncture can relax these muscles and release headache and get rid of the wrinkles.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Acupuncture is effective for Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition in digestive system. It has great impact on the quality of life. The symptoms include stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhea and constipation etc. Stress makes the symptoms worse.

Acupuncture is used to treat IBS effectively. Recently a research compared the efficacy of abdominal acupuncture and western medication on IBS. In this research sixty-one patients with IBS were randomly assigned into an acupuncture group (30 cases after 1 dropping) and a western medication group (28 cases after 2 dropping). Acupuncture was used at Yinqiguiyuan points [Zhongwan (CV 12), Xiawan (CV 10), Qihai (CV 6), Guanyuan (CV 4)], Fusiguan points [bilateral Huaroumen (ST 24), Wailing (ST 26)], Tiaopiqi point [bilateral Daheng (SP 15)], once every other day, 3 times a week. Pinaverium bromide tablet was used orally in the western medication group, 50 mg a time, 3 times a day. All the treatment was given for 4 weeks in the two groups. IBS symptom severity score and clinical symptom scores for abdominal pain and distension, diarrhea, poor stool output, defecation urgency and stool abnormality were observed before and after the treatment as well as 3 months after treatment. Adverse reactions were recorded and the effects were evaluated. The result has shown that the symptoms improved in both groups, but the improvement in acupuncture group is greater. After treatment and at follow-up, the IBS-SSS scores of the two groups were lower than those before treatment. Compared with the western medication group, the scores and the improvements between the two time points and before treatment were better in the acupuncture group. The symptom scores in the two groups after treatment were lower than those before treatment including abdominal pain, abdominal distension, diarrhea, poor stool output, defecation urgency and stool abnormality, and the scores of abdominal pain, abdominal distension, diarrhea, poor stool output and stool abnormality in the acupuncture group were lower than those in the western medication group. The total effective rate and the cured and remarkable effective rate of the acupuncture group were higher than those of the western medication group and the therapeutic efficacy of the acupuncture group was better than that of the western medication group. There was no side effect in acupuncture group.

Zhongguo Zhen Jiu 2017 Dec 12;37(12):1265-8. doi: 10.13703/j.0255-2930.2017.12.003.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Acupuncture helps lumbar spinal stenosis

Lumbar spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back or the lumbar area. This is often due to the bone/tissue growing in the openings in the spinal bones. The new tissues and inflammation caused by the tissues compress and/or irritates the nerves that come out from this part of the spinal cord. The main symptoms are pain, numbness or weakness in the legs, feet and buttocks.

Acupuncture is used to improve the symptoms. A new research from Japan compared the effectiveness of acupuncture with medication (acetaminophen) and exercises which are three conservative managements for the condition. In this study thirty-eight, 40, and 41 patients were allocated to the medication, exercise, and acupuncture groups, respectively. Here is the result: The symptom severity scores of the ZCQ improved significantly after treatment in the medication (p = 0.048), exercise (p = 0.003), and acupuncture (p = 0.04) groups. The physical function score improved significantly in the acupuncture group (p = 0.045) but not in the medication (p = 0.20) and exercise (p = 0.29) groups. The mean reduction in the ZCQ score for physical function was significantly greater for acupuncture than for exercise. The mean ZCQ score for treatment satisfaction was significantly greater for acupuncture than for medication. As we can see, after the treatment the symptoms severity improved in all three groups. The improvement is the best in acupuncture group compared to other two groups. This provided new evidence for effectiveness of acupuncture for treatment of lumbar spinal tenosis.

BMC Complement Altern Med (2018) 18(1):19. doi: 10.1186/s12906-018-2087-y.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

To get rid of sagging skin on the face, Acupuncture can help

Skin is an organ which protects us from the environment, controls our body temperature and prevents our body from losing fluid and electrolyte balance.

Skin can be generally divided into three main parts:

The outer part (epidermis) contains skin cells, pigment, and proteins.

The middle part (dermis) contains blood vessels, nerves, hair follicles, and oil glands. The dermis provides nutrients to the epidermis.

The inner layer under the dermis (the subcutaneous layer) contains sweat glands, some hair follicles, blood vessels, and fat.

Each layer also contains connective tissue with collagen fibers to give support and elastin fibers to provide flexibility and strength. Collagen and elastin are the components that make the skin firm

The skin can become sagging when it loses collagen and elastin. The most common cause of skin sagging is aging and the skin becomes thinner and looser. Other factors contribute to the sagging skin on the face: skin dehydration, loss of facial fat. Facial muscles tension, weak, tendon inflammation and reduction of blood circulation to the skin are also contributing to the sagging skin.

Acupuncture can reduce muscle tension and tendon inflammation, increase skin elastin and collagen synthesis and hydration and stimulate skin remodeling. As a result the facial skin becomes tighter and firmer. This gives you the younger looking skin.

NICE recommends acupuncture for chronic primary pain April 2021

NICE guidelines for chronic primary pain The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice ...