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Leading acupuncture specialist for cosmetic acupuncture, pain relief, stress relief, fertility, fatigue, anxiety.
Based at Harley Street and Kensington 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. Over 25 year research and clinical experiences

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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Practice contact for appointments and addresses

Kensington: for appointments at Anamaya center Kensington (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays) please call at 02030110355 or email at info@anamaya.co.uk
Address: 1 Adam and Eve Mews, Kensington, London W8 6UG
2 min walk from High Street Kensington underground station

Harley Street: for appointments at Harley Street (Wednesdays) please call 02076368845 or email at info@aloclinic.com

Address: Suite 3 Harmont House 20 Harley Street, London W1G 9PH

5 min walk from Oxford Circus underground station

My background: I became a qualified medical doctor 25 years ago in Western medicine in China and was well trained in Western medicine together with Chinese medicine in the best Medical University in Beijing, China. Particularly I was trained with Ji-sheng Han famous professor and neuroscientist in China and with Dr Zheren Xuan--famous orthopedics expert and founder of soft tissue surgery in China. Furthermore I had training in dermatology and oral and maxilofacial surgery in China. Also I had training in fertility and had research experiences in uterine smooth muscles and blood vessels in China and the UK. I am dedicated to treat patients with acupuncture and am recognised as one of the world leading acupuncture specialists.


I obtained a PhD degree in the University of Leeds in the UK.
I had post doctoral training and worked as a senior researcher in St George's hospital, London, UK.
I had frequently presented my research findings in the top international conferences in the field.
I have many publications including ebooks and articles.

I have many year clinical experiences. Over the years of practicing, I have developed unique effective treatment approaches for cosmetic acupuncture, acne, pain relief including vulvodynia, bladder pain, pelvic pain, chronic prostatitis, neck pain, headache, migraine, shoulder pain, back pain, stress relief, anxiety, fatigue, fertility, hot flushes, nerve pain, insomnia to achieve best treatment results.

My devotion and skills are highly praised by my patients.

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Thursday, 28 June 2018

How the face age? Slow down aging with facial acupuncture.

Everyone ages differently but there are certain general patterns. Visible signs of aging generally begin to manifest in thirties.

Understanding exactly how the face changes with age can help you determine what issues need to be addressed and which treatments will be most effective.

How the face ages

The aging process involves both intrinsic and extrinsic influences.

Intrinsic (cellular and genetic) aging begins in our twenties as the production of collagen decreases, eventually leading to a loss in skin elasticity. Cellular turnover also gradually slows, leading to duller-looking skin.

Extrinsic aging consists of environmental and lifestyle-related factors which can speed up the aging process. These include diet, alcohol consumption, smoking and sun exposure.

Everyone experiences these aspects of aging differently which lead to aging at different rates chronologically and physically.

Twenties are the most glorious year for the skin with glow of youth. Only towards the end of the twenties the skin may begin to look slightly duller than it used to. The early signs of sun damage, including wrinkles, enlarged pores and sun spots start emerging.

In thirties, skin dead cells become visible, the skin is duller; lines and brown spots begin to form and the skin starts loosing and losing volume.

In forties, aging signs become more noticeable: apart from further signs of dull and loose skin, lips are loose, face was dragged downwards, eye brows, eyes and mouth descend and jaw line slackens, face becomes empty due to loosing fat pad. Some age more than others because of variation in genetics, environmental exposure and lifestyle behaviors.

By adding additional ten years, facial changes accelerate more and more. The face loses its volume in the muscles and soft tissues. The skin is dull and loose because of loss of collagen and elastin. Women lose about one-third of their collagen in the first five years of menopause, causing the skin to become drier, looser and more vulnerable to inflammation, sun damage and stressors, such as pollution and underlying health issues. This is the time that the skin needs to be rescued, if it was neglected for years.

Beyond fifties, facial aging could be accelerated dramatically as time passes by.

There are steps to take to avoid these aging influences; such as drinking enough water and wearing sunscreen, of course having facial acupuncture.

Cosmetic acupuncture

Celebrities are always aware of what’s hot in the world of anti-aging treatments. They are up to facial acupuncture now. Facial acupuncture would be not only beneficial for celebrities, but also for everyone.

As an anti-aging treatment, the goal of facial acupuncture is to restore the balance of energy which flows throughout the body, while increasing the production of natural collagen in the skin.

For those who’ve tried this enjoyed the benefit that it gives the skin a youthful glow while reducing the appearance of stubborn facial wrinkles, even helps facelift. It also can help treat acne.

The best of all is that it’s 100 percent non-surgical and 100 percent natural.

What Is Cosmetic Acupuncture?

A modern evidence shows that acupuncture needles to boost collagen production. When an acupuncture needle is inserted into specific points on the face , the disruption in the skin tissue causes the body to respond by sending collagen-building cells to the area. It helps repair frown lines, crow’s feet and other wrinkles in the natural way.

If you’re looking for a way to boost your overall health and well-being while enjoying cosmetic benefits at the same time, facial acupuncture is an option for you.

The Benefits of Facial Acupuncture

Wrinkle Correction: Cosmetic acupuncture can help promote collagen synthesis by way of a chemical reaction in the cells, which helps to address fine lines and wrinkles.

Plumping Power: By relaxing facial muscles and increasing blood flow, it increases the transmission of nutrients and oxygen to the skin and creates a more filled-out appearance with increased collagen and elastin.

A Smooth and glowing skin texture: This is because the skin cells receive the proper level of oxygen and nutrients delivered through increased blood cells.

Scar Reduction — cosmetic aupuncture is effectively to reduce scars.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Acupuncture assists women with PCOS to ovulate

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition in which a woman’s ovaries don’t work well. The symptoms include irregular periods due to irregular ovulation; excess androgen causing excess facial and body hair; polycystic ovaries containing many fluid-filled follicles and enlarged. If these women want to get pregnant, they can have difficulty to conceive.

Recent research provided more evidence that acupuncture help women with PCOS to get pregnant. For instance, a study investigated the effects on ovulation and reproduction promotion with acupuncture and clomiphene in PCOS. In this study, 80 patients with PCOS were allocated into two groups: acupuncture plus clomiphene group and control group with clomiphene only. In the control group, since the 5th day of menstruation or medicine-withdrawal bleeding, clomiphene was prescribed for oral administration, continuously for 5 days. In the acupuncture plus medication group, the medication was the same as the medication group. In addition, the acupuncture was added three times a week. The treatments duration was three months. The result has shown that The ovulation rate in the acupuncture plus medication group was higher than that in the medication group; endometrial thickness and morphology in the acupuncture plus medication group were better than those in the medication group; the levels of estrogen and progesterone in the serum in the window period of implantation, the results in the acupuncture plus medication group were higher remarkably than those in the medication group. The pregnancy rate in the acupuncture plus medication group was higher than the medication group in tendency,


References
Yu L et al Zhongguo Zhen Jiu 2018 Mar 12;38(3):263-8. doi: 10.13703/j.0255-2930.2018.03.009.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Acupuncture is effective to facial pain -research update

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a condition affecting the movement of the jaw. Signs of TMD include: pain around the jaw, ear and temple; clicking noises when moving the jaw; a headache around the temples; difficulty opening the mouth fully; jaw locking when opening the mouth. The pain may be worse when chewing and stressed. TMD can affect sleep.

One review analysed the data to study the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating pain from TMD. The data is for 25 years from 1990 t2015. The result has shown that acupuncture treatment appears to relieve the signs and symptoms of pain in myofascial TMD. Another study was from 8 publications involved in 231 patients with TMD. The result indicates that conventional acupuncture therapy is effective in reducing the degree of pain in patients with TMD, especially those with myofascial pain symptoms.


References
Fermandes AC et al J Oral Facial pain Headache (2017) Summer;31(3):225-232. doi: 10.11607/ofph.1719.
Wu JY et al Medicine (Baltimore) (2017) Mar;96(9):e6064. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000006064.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Acupuncture reduces migraine effectively- research update

A WHO survey showed that migraine was ranked as the seventh highest cause of disability in the world, accounting for 2.9% of all years of life lost to disability. But the pain management is still challenging due to ineffectiveness of medication and side effects of drugs. People turn to complementary and alternative methods to help. Vitamins, diet, massage, acupuncture, relaxation/meditation, biofeedback, light avoidance and hot/cold therapy belonged to the most popular therapies.

A recent research studied the effectiveness of acupuncture for migraine. In this study 91 patients aged from 18-70 with a history of migraine for at least 12 months and a mimimum 4 days migraine per 4 weeks attending the neurology outpatient clinic at the University Hospital Hradec Kralove.

The treatment period is 12 weeks with 14 acupuncture treatments: twice a week in the first 4 weeks, once a week during weeks 5–8 and once every 14 days during the last month.

The result has shown that after 12 weeks of acupuncture treatments and 6 months follow-up the number of migraine days was reduced significantly more compared with control group. The number of responders to the treatment was also greater in acupuncture group. The intake of medication was reduced significantly in acupuncture group at the end of the treatment and 6 month follow-up.

References

Musil F et al, Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat (2018) May 10;14:1221-1228. doi: 10.2147/NDT.S155119. eCollection 2018.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Acupuncture treatment for premature ovarian failure -research update

Premature ovarian failure (POF) is a loss of normal function of the ovaries before age 40. If the ovaries are not functioning well, they don't produce normal amounts of the hormone estrogen or release eggs regularly. Much research has shown that acupuncture is used to treat POF effectively. A recent paper analysed the data from past 20 years (1998-2017) to study the effect and mechanism of acupuncture for treating POF to provide evidence for the treatment. They analysed 26 research papers on the clinical treatment for POF with acupuncture and 5 ones on the laboratory mechanism. The acupuncture points used for this purpose include Taixi (KI 3), Sanyinjiao (SP 6) and Guanyuan (CV 4)], Sanyinjiao (SP 6), Zusanli (ST 36) and Ciliao (BL 32), Taichong (LR 3), Shenting (GV 24), Guanyuan (CV 4), Sanyinjiao (SP 6), Ganshu (BL 18) and Shenshu (BL 23), Pishu (BL 20), Sanyinjiao (SP 6) and Zusanli (ST 36), Guanyuan (CV 4), Zigong (EX-CA 1) and Huangshu (KI 16). The top acupoints of the 14 meridians were Guanyuan (CV 4), Shenshu (BL 23), Sanyinjiao (SP 6), Zhongji (CV 3), Pishu (BL 20), Taixi (KI 3) and Ganshu (BL 18). The effect mechanisms possibly referred to the recovery of the hormone levels through regulating the hypothalamus-pituitary gland-ovarian axle (HPOA) function, the improvement of the histological morphology of the uterine, the improvement of body immunity through affecting the nerve-endocrine-immune regulation system as well as the regulation of the genetic and protein expressions of the signal pathway relevant with POF.

References

Xia L & Xia Y Zhongguo Zhen Jiu 2018 May 12;38(5):5653-70. doi: 10.13703/j.0255-2930.2018.05.031.

Acupuncture assists IVF-research update

IVF is an important assisted reproductive technology, however the success rate is low. This leads to many people look for other ways to improve their chances of success. Fertility patients often see complementary and alternative medicine methods as a safe and effective way to increase their fertility. Recent review analyzed existing data including 148 research articles. They found that studies that discussed acupuncture and fertility treatment were the most numerous and had the highest levels of evidence, especially for female and male fertility outcomes.

References
SA Miner et al BMC Complement Altern Med (2018) Published online 2018 May 15

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Suffer from Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome? Acupuncture can help. research update

Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) is most common accounting for about 90% of all cases and is the most difficult type of prostatitis to live with. It comes and goes unpredictably and the pain can be very severe. It may also involve inflammation and difficulties with urination. Although not life-threatening, it does affect quality of life greatly. Recent research analysed data before August 2017 to investigate the effect of acupuncture for CP/CPPS. The studies involved with 3290 men with CP/CPPS and showed that acupuncture significantly reduced the pain and other symptoms compared to the control. Also there is no side effect from acupuncture treatment.

References
Franco JV et al Cochrane Database Syst Rev (2018) May 12;5:CD012551. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD012551.pub3.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Acupuncture is effective for period pain-research update

Period pain is common. It's usually felt as painful muscle cramps in the tummy, which can spread to the back and thighs. The pain sometimes comes in intense spasms, while at other times it may be dull but more constant. Most women experience it at some point in their lives, but some women can have severe period pain which makes them faint and stays in bed and need to be treated. Primary period pain can be effectively treated with acupuncture. A review analysed data published before December 2017 for effectiveness of acupuncture on primary period pain. They included 49 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of women with primary dysmenorrhea; these RCTs compared acupuncture to no treatment, placebo, or medications, and measured menstrual pain intensity and its associated symptoms. They found that acupuncture was more effective compared with no treatment or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The effect of acupuncture stays during short term follow-up.

References

Woo HL et al Medicine (Baltimore) (2018) Jun;97(23):e11007. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000011007.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Acupuncture for labour induction-research update

Sometimes labour can be induced at certain circumstances: for example, if your baby is overdue or there's any sort of risk to you or your baby's health. An induced labour is one that's started artificially. It's fairly common. Every year, 1 in 5 labours are induced in the UK. Some research data demonstrate that elective labour induction decreases the rate of still-birth without increasing the caesarean section rate. The induction is generally performed between 41 and 42 weeks according to the guidelines.

Pharmacological labour induction is obtained through intracervical/vaginal prostaglandins and/or oxytocin infusion, both related to foetal and maternal side effects. In particular, oxytocin infusion increases the rate of caesarean section and operative delivery, while vaginal prostaglandin administration increases the risk of an excessive uterine activity associated with foetal distress without affecting caesarean section and operative delivery rate.

Acupuncture is used for labour induction for women who like to avoid medical and surgical procedures. A recent study with 375 cases just published has shown that the women with acupuncture treatment experienced a higher rate of spontaneous onset of delivery compared to those without acupuncture. Prolonged pregnancy was lower in women receiving acupuncture compared to those without acupuncture. The oxytocin infusion rate was lower in the acupuncture group than in the control group. The rate of operative delivery is lower in women treated with acupuncture compared to controls. The possible mechanism is that acupuncture stimulates central oxytocin release and parasympathetic uterine activity increasing contractility; Acupuncture is softening the cervix and inducing uterine contractions to initial labour process.


References
Neri I et al. J Acupunct Meridian Stud 2018 Jun 8. pii: S2005-2901(17)30196-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jams.2018.06.001. [Epub ahead of print]

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Acupuncture helps patients with low back pain reducing lumber surgery rate-research update

Low back pain (LBP) is a very common condition globally. Invasive surgical procedures are increasingly being used to treat LBP despite a lack of solid evidence supporting their long-term benefits. There is a research investigated the association between acupuncture treatment and lumbar surgery rate in patients with LBP. The participants in this study were all newly diagnosed LBP in Korea between 2004 and 2010 and they were allocated into two groups: acupuncture group and control group. The lumbar surgery rate in the two years following the first visit (control group) or the first acupuncture session (acupuncture group) was calculated. 130,089 patients were included in each study group which is not a small sample study.

The lumbar surgery rate was significantly lower in the acupuncture group than in the control group. This was regardless of age. Decrease in surgery procedure rate was consistently observed in the acupuncture group for all age strata, except for patients in their 20s. Lumbar surgery tended to be further reduced in the older age groups upon acupuncture treatment. There were no apparent sex-related differences. Neither this was no link with income. All income groups observed had reduced surgery rate in the acupuncture group; the higher income group tended to decrease more. The more intensive acupuncture treatment was associated with further reduction in lumbar surgery rates. They concluded that acupuncture treatment is associated with lower lumbar surgery rates for LBP patients in Korea.

This was good news that acupuncture can help people with LBP without having to have surgical procedure.

References

Koh W et al PLoS One (2018) Jun 12;13(6):e0199042. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0199042. eCollection 2018.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

The hormones and pain, acupuncture can release pain.

Sex steroid hormones act at a number of sites in both the peripheral and central nervous systems and in both reproductive and non-reproductive tissues. They play a role in pain conditions. Many clinical pain conditions vary with hormonal state. For example, the probability of experiencing a painful condition increases with increasing pubertal development. Sex differences in the prevalence of painful conditions appear after puberty. Variation in symptom severity across the menstrual cycle affected by ovulation and menstruation occurs in a number of clinical pain conditions, such as the pain of dysmenorrhoea, the symptoms of temperomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Interstitial Cystitis (IC) and migraine. The use of the combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP) to give a more constant hormonal level can sometimes improve pain symptoms. During pregnancy, the cyclical fluctuations in hormones stop. Many clinical pain conditions improve during pregnancy such as arthritis, migraine and often pelvic pain. After menopause, hormones level drop, many people develop pain conditions such as low back pain and shoulder pain etc.

Acupuncture can effectively release pain from various conditions.

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Stress and pain, acupuncture releases stress and pain

Stress is the body's reaction to harmful situations. The symptoms of stress vary from person to person. The symptoms include emotional, physical and behaviour. Emotional symptoms include feeling agitated, frustrated, easily getting crossed, easily losing control, having difficulty relaxing and calming down, feeling anxious, depressed etc. Physical symptoms include low energy, feeling tired, headache, aching or pain in the body, muscles tension, dizziness, insomnia, digestive problems, frequent illness, loss of libido, shaking, clenching jaw, cold hands and feet etc. Behaviour symptoms include always worrying, lack of concentration, poor memory, feeling slow, being pessimistic, unable to stop eating or eating less.

Anxiety is that you feel fearful and tense. You may also have some physical symptoms, such as, increased heart beat, feeling sick, shaking, short of breath, chest pain, headache etc. Most people feel anxious from time to time. It is normal in stressful situation. However if anxiety persists or there is no obvious reason to be anxious, it becomes abnormal.

Stress and pain are two distinguished but overlapping processes presenting multiple conceptual and physiological overlaps. Chronic pain might not only be caused by physical injuries, inflammation, or nerve disorders but also by stress emotionally or physically. Chronic pain is often accompanied by depression and anxiety. Long term stress can result in depression, anxiety, chronic pain and other mental and physical problems.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Inflammation and chronic pain, acupuncture releases chronic pain

Inflammation is a body defense process to protect itself from harmful stimuli. It is not infection. Inflammation does not necessarily mean that there is an infection, but an infection can cause inflammation. Inflammation is a part of the immune response. The immune system recognized harmful stimuli such as damaged the cells, gems, pathogens etc. and initiate the healing process. Inflammation can cause uncomfortable signs and symptoms, but it is essential part of the healing process. Without it, infections, wounds, and any damage to tissue would not be able to heal. When the healing process is finished, the inflammation would disappear. However in some circumstances, the inflammation can persist longer than necessary, becoming chronic and causing more harm than benefit. The signs of inflammation include redness, swelling, heat, pain and loss of function. Redness occurs due to increased blood flow to the area; Swelling is caused by buildup of fluid in the area; heat is again due to increased blood flow to the area; Pain is caused by the accumulated chemicals in the area which stimulate nerve endings.

Chronic inflammation refers to inflammation that last for over three months and it can last for years. It commonly results from failure to get rid of an acute inflammation or persistent exposure to particular stimuli.

What is tension triangle? How stress affects you? Acupuncture can help reduce stress and tension.

Tension triangle is involved in the face, head, neck and shoulders. The muscles in this triangle are very sensitive to stress and emotions causing tension for these muscles. According to research, in the first two or three seconds of emotional upset, the muscles around the eyes, mouth and jaw almost always tighten. Prolonged stress leads to a chronic shortening of the muscles. Under stress circumstances, people hold their body in a tension without realizing it; continuing buildup occurs when the stress is persisting. Over the time their neck and shoulder muscles get shorter and shorter. All of the muscles in the tension triangle are particularly vulnerable to pressure. For example corrugators and frontalis muscle on the forehead tighten in response to emotional tension. Chewing muscles such as the masseter and the temporalis also react to mental stress by tightening. Many people clench their teeth when tense. The trapezius, the large band of muscle spreads out from the base of the skull, down the neck, to the spine and shoulder blades. The trapezius helps the neck support the head. Also the sternomastoid muscles run down from the back of the ear along the sides of the neck to the chest. Sitting down on the desk for long time creates tension on these two muscles. The most common symptoms of problems in the tension triangle are the headaches and a stiff neck. Tense muscles in the jaw and neck cause headaches by constricting blood flow to the head and scalp. And tightness in the trapezius muscle causes stiff neck.

Muscle tension slows blood flow to the skin and muscles. Normally, the blood washes away the metabolic products which is toxic to the cells. But if the muscle stays tense, it becomes oxygen-starved and metabolites, say lactic acid, build up. The pain receptors in the muscles are sensitive both to shortening of the fibers and to a buildup of metabolites. When these receptors detect such conditions, they send a message of pain to the brain.

Immediate relief for a tense muscle comes from lengthening its fibers and getting the blood flowing to clear out the metabolites. Acupuncture is the best way to relax the muscles, release the muscle tension and restore blood flow.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Urinary retention after childbirth, acupuncture can help.

Women rarely consider that they may have difficulty in passing urine following childbirth, but it is a problem that does occur. Research studies in 1994 indicated that 1.7% - 17% of women did not empty their bladder completely. 5 A small number of women, less than 1%, experience a problem that does not resolve without treatment and results in acute retention.

Do you know acupuncture can help postpartum urinary retention (urinary retention after childbirth)? Recently there was a review that compared the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture with intramuscular injection of neostigmine for postpartum urinary retention. In this paper totally 953 patients with postpartum urinary retention from 15 randomized controlled trials entered the meta-analysis. 12 articles compared the clinical cure rate of acupuncture alone versus intramuscular injection of neostigmine and found the cure rate in the acupuncture group was 2 times that in the neostigmine group (RR, 1.91; 95% CI: 1.66-2.19). 15 articles compared the clinical effectiveness rate of acupuncture alone with that of intramuscular injection of neostigmine and found the clinical effectiveness rate was 28% higher in the acupuncture group than in the neostigmine group (RR: 1.28; 95% CI: 1.16-1.42). No adverse event was reported in the acupuncture group. They concluded that acupuncture alone is more effective in treating postpartum urinary retention than intramuscular injection of neostigmine and it is safe for acupuncture treatment.

References

https://www.ics.org/Documents/DocumentsDownload.aspx?DocumentID=1679

Wang XM Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2018 May 14;2018:2072091. doi: 10.1155/2018/2072091. eCollection 2018.