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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.

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Acupuncture is effective treatment for shoulder impingement syndrome

Shoulder impingement is a very common cause of shoulder pain. It occurs when a tendon or bursa in the shoulder rubs bones of the shoulder. Overhead activity of the shoulder, such as lifting is a risk factor for shoulder impingement syndrome. The main complaint is pain and it is persistent and affects everyday activities. The pain is on the top and outer side of the shoulder, and it is worse at night which can affects the sleep; It causes pain when reaching up behind the back or reaching up overhead. It can affect daily activity such as putting on the top. There is weakness in the arm and shoulder and restricted shoulder movement. Over time, impingement syndrome can lead to inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons (tendinitis) and bursa (bursitis). Rotator cuff tendon extends to the top of the shoulder joint. Shoulder impingement can start suddenly or come on gradually. If not treated appropriately, the rotator cuff tendons can start to thin and tear.

A study investigated acupuncture treatment of shoulder impingement syndrome. Patients with shoulder impingement syndrome were allocated into two groups: acupuncture group and control group. The treatment was carried out over 4 weeks, with the participants receiving a session every week. The results were measured immediately after the treatment (T1) and 3 months later (T2). A total of 68 participants were a mean age at 33.4 years. They found significant differences in the analyzed results between the two groups, a decrease on the intensity of pain for the acupuncture group was significantly greater than that for control group. Shoulder function was better in the acupuncture group. No side effects were found. They concluded that the use of acupuncture to treat impingement syndrome seems to be a safe and reliable technique to achieve clinically significant results and could be implemented in the therapy options offered by the health services.

References
Rueda Garrido JC et al Complement Ther Med. 2016 Apr;25:92-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.01.003. Epub 2016 Jan 21.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Take care of the skin with facial acupuncture

The skin types are relative, and it can change over time. Most people have normal skin type. Some people may have dry skin, oily skin, combination skin or sensitive skin. Which type of the skin is determined by how much water is in the skin affecting its comfort and elasticity, how oily the skin is which affects the softness, how sensitive it is to the stimulants such as chemicals, sun exposure or temperatures.

Normal skin is the most common type of the skin. It is not too dry and not too oily. The water and oil content is just right; it is not reacting easily to stimulants; the pores are not visible and has normal glow. Dry skin is that the skin can flake, becoming itchy and it is easily irritated. The skin looks dull rough, flaky, less elastic, pores are not visible, but lines are more easily formed. Oily skin has enlarged and visible pores, the skin is dull, shiny and thick, easily have blackheads, pimples, or blemishes. Combination skin is that the skin can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others. The T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin) tends to be oily, while other areas are normal or dry. Pores tend to be larger. There are often to have black heads.

No matter what type of skin you have, there are essential things to do for all skin types. Avoid direct sun exposure: using sun cream to block UV lights, wearing a hat and sunglasses, stoping smoking, drinking enough water to prevent dehydration, using moisturise, daily cleaning the skin gently, never wearing makeup to bed, regular facial acupuncture. Facial acupuncture helps rejuvenate the skin and get rid of the spots.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

The skin on the face, Facial acupuncture can help rejuvenate the skin

The facial skin is slightly different from the body skin though it is a part of it. The skin cells on the face are generally smaller than those on the rest of the body. The skin on the face is thinner than that on the body. There is less fat on the facial skin and more hair follicles, sweat and oil glands. If hair follicles become plugged with oily secretions, acne starts. Water is lost from the face more quickly than from the body. when facial skin becomes dry, it can feel rough and tight, even reddened, scaly and itchy.

There are four types of facial skin. Normal skin type is the skin is neither dry nor oily. Dry skin type is the skin tends to be dry and often feels tight and rough. Oily skin is the skin feels oily and more prone to have acne. Combination skin is the skin dryness varies at different area: dry cheeks and oily T-zone around the nose.

Dry skin? acupuncture can help

The skin becomes dry when it loses moisture. It shows noticeable tightness, roughness and even scaly, chapped and itchy. It makes the skin aging quickly and wrinkled.

There is a natural lipid surface barrier to protect skin from water escaping. If this barrier is broken, the water loss makes the skin dry. Sun exposure is number one factor for skin damage causing skin dryness. Other factors include hot, cold and dry air, alcohol and smoking. The internal factors that affect the skin dryness include genetic influences, hormonal changes for example, during menopause the amount of oestrogen in the body is reduced, and this can result in the skin becoming dryer, aging, the skin’s ability to produce sweat and lipids decreases as people get older due to a reduction in function of sebaceous and sweat glands in the skin, diet, there is no doubt that the diet affects the skin dryness, lack of unsaturated fatty acids and vitamins contribute to the dry skin, and dehydration.

Acupuncture improves skin circulation and moisture to rejuvenate the skin.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Sagging skin and drooping face, cosmetic acupuncture can help.

Some people don’t have deep lines on the face, but they feel their face is shifting downwards and the skin is sagging. This is caused by a number of reasons. First, it is reduction of the levels of collagen and elastin. Because of this, the skin loses its elasticity and volume. Sun exposure slows down collagen production as well as accelerates collagen breaking down. Second, loss of fat makes face droop. Third, facial muscle tension makes face droop too. Finally, there is reabsorption or loss of bone of the face over time and the skin can no longer tighten around it resulting in sag. The effects of this are most commonly noticed around the cheek and jaw area. The corner of eyes and mouth moves downwards.

Do you have to have surgery to tight your skin and lift the face? Facial acupuncture known as cosmetic acupuncture can help tight the skin and lift the face up. Facial acupuncture can stimulate the skin collagen synthesis to produce more collagen to improve skin elasticity and make skin tight. It can also relax facial muscles and stop face drooping and lift the face up. Facial acupuncture can improve facial blood circulation and nourish the face to preserve the volume. It can make instant lifting and long term lifting tightening effects with repeat treatments.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Unexplained infertility and acupuncture

Infertility is usually defined as the inability to conceive after 1 year of regular unprotected intercourse. But for women older than 35 years the time will be shorter to for 6 months. The couple need to be assessed clinically

A standard infertility evaluation is performed both for men and women and includes a semen analysis, assessment of ovulation, a hysterosalpingogram, and tests for ovarian reserve and laparoscopy. When the results of a standard infertility evaluation are normal, a diagnosis of unexplained infertility will be made. Approximately 15% to 30% of the couple has unexplained infertility.

Semen analysis is test for evaluating the sperm. Here is the normal range of semen analysis as WHO guidelines. Volume 2.0-5.0 ml, pH 7.2-7.8, sperm concentration 20×106/ml, total sperm counts more than 40×106 spermatozoa, motility ≥ 50% with forward progression or ≥ 25% with rapid linear progression within 60 min after collection, morphology greater than 50% with normal morphology, viability, greater than 75% live, white blood cells less than 1×106/ml, fructose greater than 13 mol/ejaculate. Ovulation issues are present in 40% of infertile women and 15% of couples with infertility. It shows menstrual disturbances in many women. Other tests are available for assessing ovulation problems including basal body temperature (BBT) recordings, urinary luteinizing hormone (LH) ovulation predictor kits, mid luteal serum progesterone testing. Endometrial biopsy to assess for secretory endometrial development, though it is not recommended now. BBT recordings are the least costly tool in a reliable patient. Ovulation predictor kits are useful for women who do not have very long menstrual cycles and can be used by couples to appropriately time intercourse. Mid luteal progesterone levels are measured around day 21 in women with regular (∼ 28 day) cycles. However, they are often poorly timed if they are drawn on cycle day 21 in women with irregular menses. In such women it is better to use an ovulation kit and measure the progesterone levels 7 to 8 days after the LH surge is detected. Assessment of the uterine contour and the tubal patency is an integral part of the basic infertility evaluation and may be achieved by hysterosalpingography (HSG).

How to improve fertility

Life style change is a must including stop smoking, losing weight, reducing caffeine and alcohol consumption etc. Good balanced diet to get enough proteins, vitamins and minerals etc.

IUI: Intrauterine insemination involves the placement of washed sperm into the uterine cavity around the time of ovulation.

COH plus IUI: COH, with or without IUI is used in the treatment of unexplained infertility.

IVF/ICSI: The most expensive, but also most successful treatment of unexplained infertility consists of the spectrum of assisted reproductive technology including IVF, with or without ICSI.

Acupuncture: Acupuncture is used by many women with unexplained infertility. It can help these women conceive naturally or assist other treatments to succeed such as IVF.

References

A Quaas & A Dokras (2008) Rev Obstet Gynecol, 1: 69–76.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Get rid of crow feet with facial acupuncture

Crow’s feet are the fine lines and wrinkles that spread out from the outer corners of the eyes toward the temples. As aging, the skin undergoes gradual changes. Some parts of the face are more susceptible than others to the signs of aging. The eye area is the delicate one. Crow’s feet develop over time because of muscles around thee eyes contractions. There are two different types of wrinkles: dynamic and static. Dynamic wrinkles are those that appear during muscle contraction. If the crow’s feet are primarily visible when smiling, they are probably dynamic. Static wrinkles are the wrinkles that happen over time due to gravity and the loss of fat and collagen. They may worsen with muscle contraction, but they are visible all the time, even when the face is at rest. You don’t have to remember all those tips how to get rid of crow feet, but only remember one tip that facial acupuncture can effectively get rid of the crow feet.

Monday, 10 September 2018

How can you get rid of forehead wrinkles? Facial acupuncture can help

Repetitive frowning may cause some of worry lines, but aging and loss of skin elasticity, sun exposure, stress and genetics may accelerate forehead wrinkles. Forehead wrinkles make look aged dramatically.

How to reduce forehead wrinkles?

Life style changes help of course. Such as, using sun cream to block UV light to prevent skin damage; managing stress and keeping minimum stress, betting enough sleep, meditating, exercising, staying hydrated to prevent skin damage and eating a balanced diet to provide nutrients to the skin, and of course stopping smoking for smokers.

Botox

There is no doubt botox injections can get rid of forehead wrinkles. Botox is a medication made from the botulinum toxin. When injected into specific muscles, it temporarily paralyzes them so they can’t contract. When frowning, the forehead won’t naturally wrinkle. They carry a price tag, and Botox may cause uncommon side effects such as: pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site, headache, flu-like symptoms, dry eye.

Cosmetic acupuncture

Botox injections aren’t for everyone. An alternative to botox injection is facial acupuncture. Facial acupuncture can effectively get rid of the forehead wrinkles. The most common asked question is that does it work? If you still have doubts, why not try once? Seeing is believing.

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