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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.

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.

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.

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.

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