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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
Saturday, 29 September 2018
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.
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.
Dr Richard Hawkins explained what the shoulder impingement syndrome is and how it happens. Shoulder surgery is the last resort for the treatments. Acupuncture can help reduce shoulder pain and improve shoulder movements.
Friday, 28 September 2018
Donley S et al Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2018 Aug 7. pii: S1353-8020(18)30333-X. doi: 10.1016/j.parkreldis.2018.08.003. [Epub ahead of print]
Rodondi PY et al PLoS One (2018)13(9):e0204613. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0204613. eCollection 2018
Thursday, 27 September 2018
Wednesday, 26 September 2018
This is a typical case who benefits from acupuncture treatment. A person said “I have no knowledge of any parallel universe, so I can’t compare what my life without acupuncture would be like to see exactly how much it has helped, but my feeling is that it does help me, so I won’t stop. Equally, I recognise that it is good to meet a qualified doctor on a regular basis for a one-to-one session lasting 45 minutes.”
A 46 year old described that acupuncture worked every time when he had back pain. Acupuncture is magic for some but torture for others. A 48 year old did think acupuncture helped his back pain.
Acupuncture can be beneficial for emotional wellbeing. Many agreed with this. For example, A 59 year old with terrible chest pains on some family stressful event. After he was told there was nothing wrong by the doctors and pain killers didn’t work, he tried seven session acupuncture and he felt better. He believed that the acupuncture sessions unblocked the emotional energy.
Not all types of acupuncture treatment are the same. That is very true.
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
Systemic muscle pain — pain throughout your whole body — is more often the result of an infection, an illness or a side effect of a medication. The cause of the systemic muscle pain needs to be addressed.
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.
Monday, 24 September 2018
Gluteal muscles injury is one of the causes of low back pain. The characteristic of the pain is dull pain, or soreness with tightness located mostly at one side of the buttocks or hips and it can radiates to the leg even to the foot. The pain can restrict the hip movement. The pain can cause muscle weakness whch will affect the hip joint, walking gait, pelvic tilt and stability, balance and posture. Acupuncture can help reduce gluteal muscle pain.
According to a report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2013, back pain, together with neck pain, was the second highest cause amongst the 20 leading non-fatal health outcomes from the year 2000 to 2011, the number one cause for the most years lived with disability (YLDs) in the world. The age group 40–69 is affected the most and women have higher LPB prevalence than men. The prevalence of LBP for the year 2016 was estimated more than 511 million of the world’s population, an increase of 18.0%, as compared to 2006.
The goal of LBP treatment is to control or reduce pain, to improve structure impairment of the spine and to return to the normal life activities as soon as possible. However, most of the pharmacological treatments produce limited pain relief and are accompanied by serious side effects, such as drowsiness, dizziness, negative impact to liver and gastrointestinal function. Acupuncture for LBP is one of the most commonly used non-pharmacological pain-relieving techniques. Acupuncture as pain relief is widely used in many of the countries throughout the world. It is legally recognised by many countries in Asia, Australia, America, Canada, and some parts of Europe and Latin America and well accepted by many patients globally. In the USA alone, the number of acupuncture users increased by 50% in ten years between 2002 and 2012. As of December 2010, across Europe, 96,380 acupuncturists were registered. Eighty-thousand were medical and 16,380 were non-medical practitioners. Acupuncture is so popular due to its low adverse effects and cost-effectiveness
Tiaw-Kee Lim et al (2018) Medicines (Basel). 2018 Jun 25;5(3). pii: E63. doi: 10.3390/medicines5030063.
Thursday, 20 September 2018
Like many other muscles, the deltoid can be sore for a variety of reasons, including overuse and tendon injuries. When the deltoid muscle is injured, one may feel pain or tenderness at the front, side, or back of the shoulder, especially when lifting the arm. The injury can be from mild with tightness and slight pain without restriction of movement to severe pain, swelling and severe restriction of shoulder and arm movements. Acupuncture can release deltoid muscle pain.
People can prevent deltoid pain by a few ways: warming up sufficiently before beginning a workout, taking "rest days" to allow the muscle to recover after exercising, stretching before and after exercise, having regular sports massages and/or acupuncture to relieve tension in the muscles
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
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.
Tuesday, 18 September 2018
Here is the article about it. By putting the article here to support to raise the awareness of vulvodynia
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
NIH Launches Campaign to Raise Awareness of Vulvodynia, a Painful Disorder Affecting Many Women
The Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) at the National
Institute's of Health (NIH), in partnership with other federal
and non-federal partners, announced the launch of the "Vulvodynia
Awareness Campaign" on October 24, 2007.
Vulvodynia, also referred to as "the pain down there" or "feminine
pain," is chronic discomfort or pain of the vulva, which is the
area around the outside of the vagina. It is a persistent condition
for which there is no apparent cause and no single effective treatment.
Vulvodynia can have stressful effects on every day life and relationships.
A lack of sufficient consumer and health care provider information
may contribute to a delayed diagnosis and the ultimate long-term
suffering of vulvodynia patients.
Researchers estimate that as many as 18 percent of women will
experience symptoms consistent with vulvodynia. Many women suffer
with unexplained vulvar pain for months — even years — before a correct
diagnosis is made and an appropriate treatment plan is determined.
Studies have shown that almost half of the women with symptoms
chose not to seek treatment, even when these symptoms limited sexual
intimacy. (Bachmann et. al, 2006).
"The time has come to talk openly and directly about vulvodynia — its
symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment — so that the quality of life
of sufferers of this condition can be improved," said Vivian W.
Pinn, M.D., Director, Office of Research on Women's Health, NIH.
There is currently no cure for vulvodynia. But there are treatments
for some of the symptoms. Some current treatments include local
pain relievers (medications), physical therapy, changes in diet,
and drug treatment. Because each woman's symptoms may be different,
no one treatment works all the time or is right for everyone.
The NIH Office of Research on Women’' Health (ORWH) hopes by combining
forces with partners such as advocacy groups, health care practitioners,
research organizations, and federal and non-federal entities, there
will be increased awareness and understanding of this important
medical condition for women. Over the years, ORWH has helped expand
the scope of women's health research. This research and consequent
dialogue have led to better decision-making regarding treatment
options for a wide range of medical conditions. Many issues that
were or may still be considered "sensitive" for women to discuss
with their health care providers resulted too often in women suffering
in silence. For example, breast cancer, menopause, urinary incontinence,
cervical cancer, sexually transmitted infections, and uterine fibroids
are a few examples of conditions that affect women and that only
over recent years have women begun to feel more comfortable discussing
openly. ORWH continues its efforts to bring these women's health
issues into the public arena.
Through the efforts of a collaborative and diverse group of partners,
the campaign will disseminate educational materials to the public
and to healthcare providers, which will include frequently asked
questions, online and print resources, fact sheets, and scientific
Campaign materials are available on the Office of Research on
Women's Health Web site at: http://orwh.od.nih.gov/health/vulvodynia.html.
For print copies of the Vulvodynia Awareness Campaign information
packet, contact the National Institute of Child Health and Human
Development Information Resource Center at 1-800-370-2943 or visit:
The National Women's Health Resource Center also has a number
of consumer-oriented materials on vulvodynia available online at
http://www.healthywomen.org (link is external).
Over the years, I have helped many women with vulvodynia living with pain free live.
Feeling tired, dull and drowse all the time? You are not alone. Acupuncture can help to boost energy
Monday, 17 September 2018
Acupuncture can help lower FSH. This is proved by some research papers. A review analysed six studies on acupuncture for elevated FSH level. All studies evaluated FSH levels at the end of treatment. The results showed a significant decrease in the FSH level in the acupuncture group compared with the control groups.
Jo J et al (2015) Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2015:842180. doi: 10.1155/2015/842180. Epub 2015 May 18.
Acupuncture can help reduce postpartum pelvic pain by reducing inflammation.
Paterson LQ et al (2009) J Sex Med 6:215-21
Hansen A et al (2005) Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 84:170-6
Friday, 14 September 2018
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.
A Quaas & A Dokras (2008) Rev Obstet Gynecol, 1: 69–76.
Thursday, 13 September 2018
Things make IC worse: some foods or drinks; mental or physical stress, women’s periods.
What causes IC? This is a good question.
The cause is not clear unfortunately. Inflammation plays a role in IC: this inflammation around the bladder irritates the bladder; inflammation products go into the bladder with the urine; immune system malfunctioning, a nerve problem.
There is no specific treatment for IC. Acupuncture is effective for IC/BPS. Acupuncture can release stress, reduce inflammation and reduce bladder irritation.
Wednesday, 12 September 2018
A recent research has investigated the effect of acupuncture for the treatment of bladder pain, urinary freaquency and urgency caused by interstitial cystitis.
In this study 10 patients (1 male, 9 females) suffering from the symptoms due to interstitial cystitis were treated by acupuncture. The treatment was repeated once a week for 4 weeks for the initial treatment (1st to 4th acupuncture). All patients recorded a frequency volume chart as well as IPSS-QOL questionnaire for 1 week before treatment as a baseline, and again after the 4th acupuncture. All patients with complaining of pain recorded visual analogue scale of pain for 1 week before treatment as a baseline, and again after the 4th acupuncture. Acupuncture has improved the clinical symptoms of urinary frequency and urgency and QOL scores, accompanied with increase of bladder capacity as well as with possible inhibition of the sensitivity of C-fiber dysfunction. This study suggested that acupuncture is a safe promising therapeutic alternative for the difficult-to-treat patients with overactive bladder and/or suspicious pelvic pain syndrome.
Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Jo J & Lee YJ (2017) Acupunct Med 35:162
Jennifer is a General Practitioner, medical writer, parent, and founder of the Grace Kelly Ladybird Trust, registered charity for childhood cancer awareness and research. She wrote an informative article about vulvodynia.
Here are a few points that she made
It is not well known condition, but it has great impact on women’s life. Vulvodynia is something that many people have not heard of. For women with vulvodynia, even the gentlest touch in their genital (vulval) area can result in intense, burning pain.
The cause of vulvodynia are not fully understood because when women with vulvodynia are examined there are no obvious abnormalities seen.
It can be difficult to diagnose. As a result, some women may face several years of symptoms and pain before receiving the right diagnosis. The approach is to rule out other possible diagnoses first.
Living with vulvodynia
Vulvodynia is classed as a chronic pain condition, but like other long term pain conditions you can have good and bad days. Vulvodynia can vary from a mild discomfort to severe pain.
Experiencing chronic pain can understandably affect your behaviour, activities and relationships. In particular, it may affect your sex drive or cause you to feel depressed.
Pain in the genital area especially is often difficult to talk about with family or friends, so you may be feeling isolated, which makes the problem feel even worse. If you don’t feel you can talk to your partner or friends, please talk to your doctor. Organisations such as the Vulval Pain Society give good information and also signpost to a number of support groups that are available.
Having sex with vulvodynia. When even the slightest touch can result in a deep burning or stabbing pain, it is understandable why women with vulvodynia can sometimes struggle to enjoy sex, or prefer to avoid it entirely.
Vulvodynia can be a difficult condition to treat, but there are a number of therapies that can be tried.
Acupuncture can help reduce vulvodynia pain.
“Some women who have this condition can’t even wear underwear or trousers because the pain is so intense.”
Less understood condition. “I literally had one doctor tell me to drink some wine and take an Advil and just relax.” “Is there something wrong with me or am I just crazy?”
“Not only is vulvodynia physically painful, it can take an emotional and mental toll on women and their most intimate relationships, as well.”
There is often no identifiable cause and no specific medications for vulvodynia treatments.
Acupuncture can help reduce vulvodynia.
According to Barbara Flanigan, the founder of the ICA of America (the original ICA based in San Diego, CA), IC Awareness first began in the early 1980’s as a day in November. After a few years and challenges with the holiday season, it was moved to a day in October and eventually became IC Awareness Week. Ten years ago, Ortho Urology (i.e. Elmiron) managed the entire campaign by using very good marketing companies.
There were two key challenges with that arrangement. IC Awareness Week almost always centered around the promotion of Elmiron. The month of October and the limited media space for health awareness was dominated by the pink breast cancer awareness campaign. About six years ago, Ortho dropped all IC Awareness activities and no other company or non-profit (i.e. ICA) stepped in to develop a campaign. The IC Network stepped in to run the campaign the following year.
The first thing we did was to discuss the timing of the campaign. We all agreed that October was a terrible month for awareness given the market saturation of breast cancer articles and activities. We asked patients to pick a better month and the majority agreed that September was an ideal time to do it! There were fewer health campaigns that month than other months and, with students returning to school, we thought that volunteers would have more time to get involved
The second thing that we did was expand the campaign from a week to a month to create plenty of opportunities for patients to be involved.
You might also be interested in knowing why the color of IC Awareness Month is turquoise/teal. About 15 years ago, we had another patient vote on the internet where about a thousand patients participated. They voted for the turquoise color because it had been used in the majority of IC educational materials up to that point and they wanted it to be consistent. Strangely and without any authorization from an IC group, someone designated a color for IC as dark blue in “official” lists. This has largely been abandoned in favor of the patient vote.
Is IC Awareness Month “official?” Yes, it is. Thousands of patients have been involved over the years. IC Awareness Month is not listed on the national calendar of awareness months because it does not, as yet, have a Presidential Proclamation. We’ve been working on that. However, we have had senate, congressional and state proclamations in past years.
Our Approach To Awareness
IC Awareness Month is modeled after National Women’s Health Week.. Its goal is to empower patients to be active in their local towns and states, as well as through the internet. It’s a “ground up” rather than “top down” approach because it’s impossible for a national organization to understand the challenges facing small communities and states.
We do this by providing useful materials and ideas that that patients can use in their own communities, including:
Press releases that they can send, with their own personal story, to local community papers
Proclamations that they can give to their city council or state & federal representatives to ask that IC Awareness Month be recognized officially. When this happens, it almost always also leads to articles about IC in local and regional papers. They are surprisingly easy to do too!
posters that they can place on local community bulletin boards and their doctors
Fact sheets & Educational Materials about IC that they can distribute
Fundraising for IC research – whether it be a walk or a garage sale, every dollar helps. We do NOT collect any money at the national level. We ask that individuals and groups make direct donations to researchers in their state and/or one of the larger national IC research centers. (Beaumont Hospital).
Monday, 10 September 2018
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.
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.
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.
The symptoms of IC/BPS vary for each patient, but the most common sign is pain in the bladder. Patients with IC/BPS may have bladder pain that gets worse as the bladder fills. Some patients feel pain in other areas, such as the urethra, lower abdomen, lower back, or the pelvic or perineal area (in women, behind the vagina and in men, behind the scrotum). Women may feel pain in the vulva or the vagina, and men may feel the pain in the scrotum, testicle, or penis.
Another common symptom is urinary frequency. Frequency is the need to pass urine more often than normal. A patient with IC/BPS often has to urinate frequently both day and night, though the average person urinates no more than 7 times a day and does not have to get up at night more than once to use the bathroom.
Urgency to urinate is also a common IC/BPS symptom. Some patients feel an urge that never goes away, even right after voiding. A patient may not notice or see this as a problem. Physical or mental stress can make the symptoms worse.
Some people with IC/BPS have other health issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and other pain syndromes. IC/BPS can affect daily life, social life, exercise and sleep, and relationships and can cause a great deal of distress. Without treatment, IC/BPS symptoms make it hard to get through the day or even be able to work. Both women and men can have IC/BPS, though there are 2-3 times more common in women than in men.
Acupuncture can help reduce bladder pain and reduce frequency and urgency of IC/BPS. Recent research provided preliminary evidence for this.
Sunday, 9 September 2018
The European Society for the Study of Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome in 2008 defined bladder pain syndrome (BPS) as pelvic pain, pressure or discomfort perceived to be related to the bladder, lasting for at least 6 months, and accompanied by at least one other urinary symptom. Urinary symptoms include the persistent urge to void or frequency, in the absence of other identifiable causes. The International Urogynaecological Association (IUGA) and the International Continence Society (ICS) produced a joint report on terminologies by Haylen et al. in 2010, defining bladder pain as acomplaint of supra pubic or retro-pubic pressure, discomfort or pain, associated with the bladder, generally aggravated by bladder filling. The symptom may persist or alleviate after voiding. An estimated 400,000 people in the UK suffer from BPS, the majority being women. There is no definitive evidence to support an autoimmune, inflammatory, structural or infectious aetiology. Consequently, treating these patients is often challenging.
Acupuncture can effectively treat IC/BPS syndrome. This is studied by many researchers.
For example, recently research studied the effect of acupuncture for IC/BPS syndrome. In this study, 12 female patients with IC/BPS syndrome received 10 sessions of acupuncture. The visual analog score (VAS), interstitial cystitis symptom index (ICSI), interstitial cystitis problem index (ICPI), O'Leary-Saint symptom score (OSS), Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ9), Pelvic pain and urgency & frequency patient symptom scale tests (PUF) and maximum voided volume (MVV) was completed in 1st, 3rd, 6th and 12th months following the treatment. The result has shown that there was a statistically significant decrease in all of the scores evaluated at first month compared with the baseline. While the change in VAS score in 1, 3, 6 and 12th months were found statistically significant. Response to treatment for the first three months after acupuncture application was (100%). They concluded that acupuncture appears to be an effective, useful, non-invasive method in IC/BPS patients. A study reviewed a recent research papers and found that acupuncture significantly reduces the 24-h urinary frequency and pain score.
Sonmez MG & Kozanhan B Ginekol Pol (2017) 88:61-67
Verghese TS et al Int Urogynecol J (2016) 27:1127-36
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