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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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Friday, 30 November 2018

What causes leaking urine?

Urinary incontinence or bladder incontinence is involuntary passing urine. It affects millions of people. There are several types of urinary incontinence:

Stress incontinence: Urine leaks when bladder under pressure such as coughing.

Urge incontinence: Urine leaks when a sudden, intense urge need to pass urine occurs.

Overflow incontinence: Frequent leaking when bladder is not fully emptied.

Total incontinence: The bladder fails to store urine causing constant or frequent leaking.

The pelvic floor muscles including urethral sphincter become weak, damaged is one of the causes. Pelvic floor can be damaged during child birth, or increased abdominal pressure such as pregnancy, surgery neurological conditions such as parkinson’s disease, connective tissue disorders.

Other causes include drinking too much alcohol or caffeine, dehydration, constipation, overactive bladder, urinary tract infection, increased age.

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

What cause pelvic pain?



Pelvic pain is the pain presented at the low abdomen and very common in women. Here are some common causes:

Pain from the reproductive system:

Period pain and cramps is the pain during the periods. The typical period pain will occur immediately before a woman starts her period or soon after the period starts, as the uterus contracts and sheds its lining. The pain may feel similar to a muscle spasm.

Ovulation pain is the pain at one side of the pelvis in the middle of the menstrual cycle around ovulation time. Ovulation is that the ovary releases an egg, along with some other fluid. The egg will be picked up by a fallopian tube and the fluid can spread within the pelvic area, sometimes, causing irritation and pain in the pelvis.

Endometriosis is that uterine lining shed and the cells grow outside of the uterus causing bleeding, inflammation and pain. Pain severity varies from mild to severe.

Ovary cysts occur when the ovaries fail to release an egg causing bloating, pressure, or pelvic pain on the side of the body with the cyst.

Fibroids are lumps of muscle and fibrous tissue within the uterus. It can cause pain excessive bleeding, period cramps.

Ectopic pregnancy

The embryo implants and grows elsewhere other than uterus. A woman may feel very sharp pain, and cramps in her pelvis on one side of the pelvis. There could be other symptoms associated such as nausea, vaginal bleeding, and dizziness. This is life-threatening condition and needs immediate medical care.

Pain from urinary system

Interstitial cystitis or bladder pain is normally in the middle of the pelvis or low abdomen close to the pubic bone. Other symptoms include painful urination, frequent and urgent urination, and pain during sex.

Urinary stones are from minerals built up and formed crystals in the bladder or kidneys that often cause pain in the pelvis or lower back.

Pain from digestive system

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is inflammable bowel disorder causing low abdominal pain and constipation, diarrhea and bloating.

Appendicitis is inflammation in appendix presenting pain at the right low abdomen.

Pelvic adhesion

Scars in the abdomen from previous inflammation can cause pelvic pain.

Infectious diseases and tumors

Such as urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted infections and pelvic inflammatory disease and various tumors.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Suffering from migraines, acupuncture can help

Migraines are severe headaches. Migraines present episode attacks. When migraines attack, it can last hours or days. Migraines are recurring and can come and go for years. They appear on one side of the head. There could be other symptoms and warning signs associated such as sensory disturbances: seeing flash light etc. They tend to affect more for people aged 15 to 55 years. Migraines are special type of headaches: Some people who experience migraines can clearly identify triggers or factors that cause the headaches, such as allergies, light, and stress; some people get a warning symptom before the migraine attack and can take action to prevent the attack by recognizing the warning signs. The cause of migraines is not known. Many things can trigger migraines: such as hormone changes stress, depression, anxiety, lack of sleep shoulder and neck tension, poor posture, alcohol, caffeine, dehydration, flashing light, strong smells, smoking and loud noise etc.

Research a review analyzed recent studies of acupuncture on migraines. There were 62 studies involved 4,947 participants. The treatment duration varied from 1 month to 6 months. Result has shown that Acupuncture was more effective for short-term treatment compared with no treatment. Compared with medication, manual acupuncture resulted in better efficacy or safety, especially at follow-up times of up to 3 months after treatment.

References
Jiang Y et al Front Pharmacol. 2018 Oct 26;9:1190. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2018.01190. eCollection 2018.

Monday, 26 November 2018

IVF starts from stimulating ovaries, how can acupuncture help?

Women have natural menstrual cycles. In a natural monthly cycle, the ovaries normally produce 1 egg. If this egg is fertilized by a sperm, an embryo will be formed; if the embryo is implanted in the uterus and pregnancy occurs. In IVF treatment, more eggs are needed to increase success rate. This ovary stimulating process starts from day 1 to encourage the follicles growing. The medications used to stimulate follicles are follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). Both hormones are produced naturally in the body. The eggs are already there; the medication boosts the hormone levels to encourage more eggs to develop. Blood tests and ultrasound scan will be used to monitor follicles growing. This first step of IVF is the same as egg freezing and embryo freezing.

What can you do to help the follicles (eggs) develop? Having acupuncture treatment is a good way to help the eggs development. Acupuncture reduces sympathetic nerve activities and release tension of the body; this will facilitate blood flow to the ovaries to provide more oxygen and nutrients for the fast growing egg’s needs and also take toxins away from the ovaries.

Sunday, 25 November 2018

What is trigger point? Need help from acupuncture?

A trigger point is muscle knot in the muscle. It is a small patch of tightly contracted muscle or a micro-cramp. They form as a local contraction in a small number of muscle fibres in a larger muscle. These in turn can pull on tendons and ligaments associated with the muscle. The tight contraction of the muscle blocks its own blood supply, changing the metabolism of the muscles. Excessive production of some chemicals such as acetylcholine, noradrenaline and serotonin and a lower pH causes sustained contractions restricting local blood supply further and limiting local energy needs leading to energy crisis, pain, aching or soreness. It is tender when being pressed and it can also cause referred distant pain. Triger point is a source of the myofascial pain. If trigger point is present, there is often pain and weakness in the muscle. Trigger points can be found in many acute and chronic pain conditions such as back pain, neck pain, headache bladder pain etc. Trigger points may be caused by many factors, such as injury, muscle overuse, disease, psychological distress, hormone imbalance, infections etc. Acupuncture can effectively remove trigger point and release pain.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Tech neck pain, acupuncture can help

Modern technology such as smart phone and tablet may cause stress to the neck. When using them, you hold your head flexed and forward while looking down at your handheld device causing severe angle to the neck. Over long periods of time, maintaining this head-forward posture can lead to muscle strain, disc injury, nerve impingement and arthritic changes of the neck—and the potential for developing ongoing neck and shoulder pain, headaches, and pain radiating down the arms.

The symptoms of tech neck pain include pain in the neck, upper back, and/or shoulder; the pain may be mild or intense and feeling stabbing, achiness and soreness; the pain is associated with neck, upper back or shoulder tightness and reduced movement of the region; it may also accompanied with headache due to muscle spasm at the base of the neck; pain may be worse with neck movement.

Acupuncture is very effective to release tech neck pain by releasing muscle spasm and tension.

No periods for a year, should you be concerned?

Menstruation, or period, is normal vaginal bleeding that occurs as part of a woman's monthly cycle. This is caused by uterine inner lining breaks down by responding hormonal changes in the body. Every month, uterine lining prepares for pregnancy. If no pregnancy occurs, the uterine lining sheds off and the bleeding starts. The menstrual blood is partly blood and partly tissue from inside the uterus. It passes out of the body through the vagina. Good monthly cycles indicate healthy reproductive system. If your periods stopped for a year and you are in reproductive age, it means something goes wrong with your reproductive system. This needs to be investigated by doctors. If you don’t have periods, the hormones in the body will not be balanced and this could cause further problems to other systems. Knowing the cause of stopped periods and get it treated is important.

Acupuncture can help some cases depending on the causes. It is worth trying.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Acupuncture beyond Ying and Yang, Qi and meridians.

Acupuncture refers to the procedure that the thin needles are inserted into the body. It originated from China and is a type of Chinese medicine and is also recognised as an alternative medicine in western countries. Chinese acupuncture is based at traditional Chinese medicine theory: Ying and Yang balance and Qi circulation along the meridians.

Acupuncture was expanded internationally to Korea ,Vietnam and Japan in Asian and then to Europe and America. The techniques were developed such as electrified needling, fire needling and cluster needling etc. It also developed combined with other therapists such as dry needling and medical acupuncture.

Based on advanced science and research, new theory about how acupuncture works also established. Many studies in animals and humans have demonstrated that acupuncture can cause multiple biological responses. These responses can occur locally, i.e., at or close to the site of application, or at a distance, mediated mainly by sensory neurons to many structures within the central nervous system. This can lead to activation of pathways affecting various physiological systems in the brain as well as in the periphery. Endogenous opioids in acupuncture analgesia is well established. opioid peptides are released during acupuncture and that the analgesic effects of acupuncture are at least partially explained by their actions. That opioid antagonists such as naloxone reverse the analgesic effects of acupuncture further strengthens this hypothesis. Stimulation by acupuncture may also activate the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, resulting in a broad spectrum of systemic effects. Alteration in the secretion of neurotransmitters and neurohormones and changes in the regulation of blood flow, both centrally and peripherally, have been documented. There is also evidence that there are alterations in immune functions produced by acupuncture. Which of these and other physiological changes mediate clinical effects is at present unclear.

References

https://www.medicinenet.com/acupuncture/article.htm#how_does_acupuncture_work

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

What do you know about endorphins and acupuncture?

Endorphins are neurotransmitters produced in the brain known as endogenous opioids and they can be found in the pituitary gland, in other parts of the brain, or distributed throughout the nervous system. They transmit electrical signals within the nervous system by interacting with opiate receptors in the brain. The action is similar to morphine and codeine, but without addiction or dependence. At least 20 types of endorphins have been found in humans. In response to pain and stress, they decrease feelings of pain and also lead to feelings of euphoria, modulate appetite, release sex hormones, and enhance the immune response. As a result, it makes people feel less pain and less stressed.

Many studies in animals and humans have demonstrated that acupuncture can cause multiple biological responses. Endorphins are released during acupuncture and that the analgesic effects of acupuncture are at least partially explained by their actions. That opioid antagonists such as naloxone reverse the analgesic effects of acupuncture further strengthens this hypothesis.

What is DHEA?

What is DHEA?

The hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is produced in the adrenal gland. In turn, DHEA helps produce other hormones, including testosterone and estrogen. Natural DHEA levels peak in early adulthood and then slowly fall as you age.

What is already known on DHEA

Research on DHEA for specific conditions includes:

Aging. But research hasn't proved its anti-aging effects.

Depression. DHEA might be more effective at treating depression than placebo.

Osteoporosis. Research suggests DHEA might improve bone mineral density in elderly people with low DHEA. But improvements in bone density were small compared with those seen after treatment with approved osteoporosis medications.

Vaginal atrophy. Limited research suggests that DHEA might improve vaginal dryness in postmenopausal women.

Research on the effects of DHEA on well-being and body composition has had mixed results. Studies have shown quality control of this supplement to often be low.

What is Mayo clinic suggestion?

Avoid

While some research suggests that DHEA might be slightly helpful in treating osteoporosis, depression and vaginal atrophy, there's little evidence to support anti-aging claims. Also, DHEA use can cause serious side effects. Avoid using this supplement.

Safety and side effects

DHEA is a hormone. Use of this supplement might increase levels of androgen and have a steroid effect. DHEA also might increase the risk of hormone-sensitive cancers.

Don't use DHEA if you're pregnant or breast-feeding.

Use of DHEA also might worsen psychiatric disorders and increase the risk of mania in people who have mood disorders.

DHEA also might cause oily skin, acne and unwanted, male-pattern hair growth in women.

References

https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-dhea/art-20364199

Monday, 19 November 2018

Egg freezing, how can acupuncture help?

Many women are postponing their plans to have a family until their 30s. Unfortunately a woman’s fertility declines with age, and particularly rapidly after the age of 35, The eggs are running out which increases the risk of age-related infertility. How to extend fertility age? Egg freezing is a way to extend women’s fertility years. Egg freezing is often referred to as fertility preservation because it allows a woman to preserve her fertility for late age. It can be performed for medical or social reasons. Egg freezing is performed using advanced cryopreservation (freezing) techniques. Similar to IVF treatment, the age at which a woman freezes her eggs is an important factor in her success rate for achieving a pregnancy using those frozen eggs later in life. Can acupuncture help in this process? Yes, egg freezing is a very stressful process. Acupuncture can reduce stress. Acupuncture can also increase blood flow to the ovaries to increase the chance to get good quality of eggs.

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Acupuncture around embryo transfer

Embryo transfer refers to a step in the process of assisted reproduction IVF and ICSI. In this process, the embryos are placed into women’s uterus for them to implant in the uterus. Embryo transfer can be done at day two, day three, or day five. Embryos are all delicate cells and they need to be in precise environment to survive. The most important environment is the uterus of course. The uterine lining (endometrium) needs to be perfect to accommodating the embryos. To assist embryo implantation, acupuncture was used around the time of embryo transfer. The most common protocol used is from a research in Germany known as German protocol. In this study, acupuncture was performed before and after embryo transfer. The acupuncture points are:

Before embryo transfer, the following Acupoints were used:

PC6 (Neiguan), SP8 (Diji), LR3 (Taichong), GV20 (Baihui), and ST29 (Guilai).

After embryo transfer, the following Acupoints were used:

ST36 (Zusanli), SP6 (Sanyinjiao), SP10 (Xuehai), and LI4 (Hegu).

Also some ear points are used including ear point 55 (Shenmen), ear point 58 (Zhigong), ear point 22(Neifenmi), and ear point 34 (Naodian).

Clinical pregnancies were documented in 34 of 80 patients (42.5%) in the acupuncture group, whereas pregnancy rate was only 26.3% (21 out of 80 patients) in the control group.

They concluded acupuncture seems to be a useful tool for improving pregnancy rate after ART.

The mechanism of acupuncture used around embryo transfer is to reduce stress, relax uterus and increase uterine blood flow to provide best environment for embryos.

References
Paulus WE et al Fertil Steril. 2002 Apr;77(4):721-4.

Friday, 16 November 2018

Suffer from winter blue? Acupuncture can help

Winter brings with its darker mornings and evenings, and some may feel they hardly see the sunlight at all---going to work in the dark and coming back home in the dark. Many people find themselves feeling sad, blue and even depressed around the winter. The medical name for winter depression is seasonal affective disorder (SAD). It’s fairly common, and it’s more mild than serious. You wake up before the sun even rises, you might start feeling a persistent low mood or lack of energy.

The cause of SAD is not fully understood, shorter days seem to be a main trigger for it. Reduced sunlight in winter can disrupt your body’s internal clock, or circadian rhythm. This 24-hour clock responds to cues in your surroundings, especially light and darkness. At night, the brain produces melatonin, helping you sleep. Light stops the brain producing melatonin to help keep you awake. Shortened daylight in winter may increase the production of melatonin and affect the body’s internal clock or circadian rhythm leading to SAD in certain people.

To cope with winter blue or SAD, eating healthy food, keeping active, taking vitamin D may help. Also light therapy and talking therapy may help too. Don’t forget acupuncture. Acupuncture can help reduce winter blue symptoms such as fatigue, low mood and depression.

Emotional stress and tension related muscles, how can acupuncture help

The occipitofrontalis muscle (epicranius muscle) is a muscle which covers most part of the skull on the top of the head. It consists of three parts: The occipitalis, at the back of the head near the occipital bone, which draws the scalp backward; The frontalis, at the forehead near the frontal bone, which raises the eyebrows, draws the scalp forward, and causes wrinkles in the forehead; Epicranial aponeurosis at the top of the head and it is tendon that connects the occipitalis and frontalis muscles.

The tension level of the occipitofrontalis muscle was detected under stress condition. Trigger points can be found in this muscle. One at the forehead just above to the eyebrow and another one at the back of the head above the neck. Muscle tension can also be found under palpation.

Acupuncutre can help release the tension of this muscle to reduce emotional stress and tension.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

World acupuncture day

World acupuncture day is 15th November. It will be celebrated, in Paris, on 15 November 2018 by the international acupuncture and moxibustion community. It is being organized to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the inscription of acupuncture and moxibustion, in November 2010, into the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This is one-day event, organized under the patronage of UNESCO and the WHO. It takes place in Paris to bring together practitioners, researchers, politicians, academics, and administrators of all disciplines related to acupuncture and moxibustion to share their knowledge and experience. There are demonstrations of use of acupuncture and moxibustion throughout the world, exhibition exhibition on acupuncture history, practice, and education as well as methods of associated care, conference on the historical developments, clinical highlights, and the latest research in acupuncture and moxibustion on all continents. and evening show. After this day, a two days events 16 and 17 November 2018, will bring together medical and health professionals and researchers from around the world to exchange knowledge, skills, and practices.

References

https://www.etcma.org/news/world-acupuncture-day-wad-and-the-world-scientific-and-cultural-dialogue-on-acupuncture-wscda-/

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Get cold very often? Acupuncture can help

A runny nose, scratchy throat, and nonstop sneezing, sometime fever accompanied-- you can't miss the signs of a cold. One can get a cold year round, but, it is most common to catch cold during autumn and winter. It is known as cold season. People are more likely to get colds when the weather is cold. Do the cold weather makes you sick? Absolutely not. That are the viruses that make one get cold. The viruses that cause colds also spread more easily in colder, drier air- The temperature in autumn and winter is suitable for viruses growing. As a result, in the autumn and winter, there are more viruses. Exposure to viruses is one factor to get cold. In the winter, people spend more time indoors sharing germs with other people. The nasal passages are drier during the winter (due to drier air), allowing cold viruses to gather and grow. Another important factor is the immune system function. Why some people don’t get cold while other people who expose to the same viruses others do. Why do you seem to get them so often while your best friend stays well? This is because some people’s immune function is stronger than others. If you get cold very frequent, you might have weakened immune function. Acupuncture can help to strengthen the immune function to reduce getting cold.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Understand the brain—frontal lobe

The brain has two hemisphere and each hemisphere is divided into four lobes: the frontal, temporal, parietal and occipital lobes. The frontal lobe is located near the front of the head, under the frontal skull bones and near the forehead. Human has larger frontal lobe compared to other animals. The frontal lobe controls important cognitive skills in humans, such as emotion, feelings, personality and problem solving, motivation, (Most of the brain's dopamine-sensitive neurons are in the frontal lobe; Dopamine is associated with supporting feelings of reward, attention and motivation etc), long term memory, language, judgment, attention and concentration, and sexual behaviors. The frontal lobe accommodating the primary motor cortex plays an important role in voluntary movement, ability to move muscles, such as walking and running.

Stress impairs frontal lobe function. Many of these early studies showed that stress exposure impaired the performance of tasks that required complex, flexible thinking which is performed by frontal lobe. Prolonged stress is a major risk factor for depression.

Acupuncture reduces stress.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Acupuncture can help reduce emotional stress

Emotional stress is emotional tension or mental strain. This is a common feeling for many people. There is a link among emotional stress, depression, anxiety, mood changes, irritability and anger. Emotional stress can be caused by many factors, relationship is one of the most common causes. Conflicted relationship has great impact on emotional wellbeing. Other factors include financial problems, unpleasant work environment etc. Emotional stress can be particularly painful and be challenging to deal with. There are many ways to tackle emotional stress, such as meditation and other relaxation techniques. Acupuncture can help you to reduce emotional stress and go through the difficulty times. For example, there was a study investigated the effect of acupuncture on emotional stress. Participants received weekly session for average 5 weeks. The emotional stress was significantly reduced.

References
Sochos A, and Bennett A. Altern Ther Health Med. 2016 Mar;22(3):8-16.

Suffer from headaches and fatigue? Acupuncture can help

Chronic migraines and tension type headaches are the two common types of chronic headaches. Chronic migraines affect one side or both sides of the head, sufferers have a pulsating and throbbing sensation and they often have moderate to severe pain. Migraines are often accompanied with nausea, vomiting or both and sensitivity to the light and sound. Tension-type headaches affect both sides of the head causing mild to moderate pain with pressure and tightening. People with headaches are very likely to suffer from fatigue. Fatigue is that sufferers experience extreme tiredness and feeling exhausted. Patients with recurrent or chronic headaches and/or chronic fatigue are suffering from inadequate blood flow to the brain that results in inadequate brain oxygen levels causing fatigue. Patients also have difficulty to concentrate.

Acupuncture can help reduce headaches both migraines and tension-type headaches and reduce fatigue.

Friday, 9 November 2018

Having Raynaud’s disease? Acupuncture can help

Raynaud's disease also known as Raynaud or Raynaud's phenomenon or syndrome affects more women than men. It causes some areas of the body — most often the fingers and toes — to feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures or stress. This is because smaller arteries that supply blood to the skin contract(vasospasm), limiting blood supply to affected areas when exposed to the cold or stress. Over time, these small arteries can thicken slightly, further limiting blood flow.

Symptoms of Raynaud's disease include: cold fingers or toes; color changes in the skin in response to cold or stress; numb, prickly feeling or stinging pain upon warming or stress relief. During an attack of Raynaud's, affected areas of the skin usually first turn white. Then, they often turn blue and feel cold and numb. As you warm and circulation improves, the affected areas may turn red, throb, tingle or swell. Although Raynaud's most commonly affects fingers and toes, it can also affect other areas, such as the nose, lips, ears and even nipples.

Cold temperatures are most likely to trigger an attack. Exposure to cold, such as putting the hands in cold water, taking something from a freezer or being in cold air, is the most likely trigger. For some people, emotional stress can trigger an episode.

Acupuncture is effective for Raynaud's disease. This was proved by research. For example, a study investigated the effect of acupuncture on primary Raynaud’s syndrome. Seven acupuncture treatments were offer to the patients with Raynaud's disease. The result has shown that there was a significant decrease in the frequency of attacks; the mean duration of the capillary flowstop reaction decreased.

References

Appiah R et al J Intern Med. 1997 Feb;241(2):119-24.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Having dark circles under the lower eyelids? Acupuncture can help

Dark circles under the lower eyelids are very common. They really make you look much older than your age and make you look tired. The risk factors include

Fatigue and lack of sleep: it can make the skin dull and pale showing dark blood vessels underneath and build up fluids under the lower eyelids causing shadows under the lower eyelids.

Aging: aging is risk factor for those dark circles beneath the eyes. As one gets older, the skin becomes thinner and also loses the fat and collagen needed to maintain your skin’s elasticity. As this occurs, the dark blood vessels beneath your skin become more visible causing the area below your eyes to darken.

Eye strain: Staring at your television or computer screen can cause significant strain one the eyes. This strain blocks the blood circulation around the eyes. As a result, the skin surrounding the eyes can darken.

Dehydration: dehydration is another risk factor for dark eye circles. It makes the skin losing water and dark blood vessels would show.

Sun exposure can cause the skin to produce an excess of melanin, the pigment that provides your skin with color causing pigmentation in the surrounding skin to darken.

Treatments for dark circles under eyelids can be difficult. At most of the time, people use makeup to cover the dark circles which is not ideal solution. Changing life style may help such as get enough sleep, don’t make yourself too tired, eye relaxation techniques, drink more water, avoid sun exposure etc. Facial acupuncture can help blood circulation around the eyes and reduces dark circles under the lower eyelids.

Acupuncture is effective for piriformis syndrome

The piriformis muscle is a small muscle located deep in the buttock near the top of the hip. It Starts at the lower spine and ends at the top of the hip (thigh bone). The sciatic nerve runs directly beneath it. This muscle is important in lower body movement. It stabilizes the hip joint and lifts and rotates the thigh away from the body. It shifts weight from one foot to another, and maintains balance, when walking. If this muscle is spasm, it compresses sciatic nerve causing pain known as piriformis syndrome. A typical symptom is a dull ache in the buttock with/without the pain down to the back of the thigh, calf and foot like sciatic pain; pain triggered or worsened when walking up stairs; prolonged sitting, walking, running makes the pain worse; there is reduced hip movement. The exact cause is unknown.

A few research has shown that acupuncture is effective to reduce pain of piriformis syndrome.

References
https://aim.bmj.com/content/acupmed/18/2/108.full.pdf
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11726-006-0377-2

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

National stress awareness day? Acupuncture can help reduce stress

Stress affects everyone on a day-to-day basis. 85 per cent of UK adults experience stress regularly. In severe cases, it can provoke a number of psychological and physical symptoms, such as headaches, chest pain, nausea and anxiety. Mental health charity Mind created the national day to raise awareness of stress. National Stress Awareness Day is a part of an annual campaign to promote stress prevention. Mind wants to get people talking about stress and how it affects them. It is also to make sure those who are stressed know to seek advice and the right help. So the first Wednesday in November each year becomes National Stress Awareness Day. We all know what it’s like to feel stressed - being under pressure is a normal part of life. But becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to physical and mental health problems or make existing problems worse.

Acupuncture can help reduce physical and psychological stress. Have you tried?

Always feeling bloated? Acupuncture can help

Bloating is when the abdomen feels swollen after eating. Bloating is a symptom that can appear at any age. It is usually caused by excess gas production or disturbances in the movement of the muscles of the digestive system. Bloating can also cause pain, discomfort and a stuffed feeling. It can also make abdomen look bigger. Bloating is often caused by some medical conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), coeliac disease, constipation, etc, or food intolerance and increased sensitivity.

IBS is a common inflammatory condition that affects the digestive system. It causes symptoms like stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation.

Coeliac disease is a common digestive condition where the intestine can't absorb gluten found in wheat, barley and rye. Eating foods containing gluten can also trigger bloating, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and fatigue.

Constipation is common, and it affects people of all ages. It is often accompanied with a stomach ache and feeling bloated or sick.

Food intolerance can lead to bloating when the bowel doesn't empty properly; the food causes gas to be trapped; too much gas is produced as a reaction to the food. Other associated symptoms include tummy pain, bloating, wind and/or diarrhoea or skin rashes and itching. These symptoms are related to eating the food. Finding out which food that you are intolerant to is the first step to solve the problem.

Acupuncture can help reduce bloating by targeting the causes of the bloating.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Suffering hot flashes and night sweats? Acupuncture can help

Hot flashes are sudden feelings of warmth, which are usually most intense over the face, neck and chest. Hot flashes can also cause sweating. Because of losing too much body heat, you might feel chilled afterward. Hot flashes can vary greatly in frequency and intensity. How long symptoms last varies significantly. On average, symptoms persist for more than seven years. Some women have them for more than 10 years. Hormone replacement is most frequently used treatemnet. There are the pros and cons of the treatment. If hot flashes don't interfere with your life, you probably don't need treatment. Hot flashes subside gradually for most women, even without treatment, but it can take several years for them to stop. Nonpharmacological methods are used for hot flashes. Acupuncture is one of them. A research analysed three published trials of nonpharmacological interventions for menopausal hot flashes to compare the effectiveness of interventions. Data from three randomized controlled trials of interventions for hot flashes (two acupuncture trials, one yoga trial) were pooled. All three studies recruited perimenopausal or postmenopausal women experiencing ≥4 hot flashes/d on average. The primary outcome for all three studies was frequency of hot flashes as measured by the Daily Diary of Hot Flashes. Study 1 participants were randomly assigned to 8 weeks of acupuncture treatments (active intervention), sham acupuncture (attention control), or usual care. Study 2 participants were randomly assigned to 10 weeks of yoga classes, health and wellness education classes (attention control), or waitlist control. Study 3 randomly assigned participants to 6 months of acupuncture or waitlist control. To standardize the time frame for these analyses, only the first 8 weeks of intervention from all three studies were used. There results have shown that the three active interventions and the two attention control groups had statistically similar trends in the percentage reduction of hot flashes over 8 weeks, ranging from 35% to 40%. Acupuncture, yoga, and health and wellness education classes all demonstrated statistically similar effectiveness in reduction of hot flash frequency compared with controls.

References
Avis NE et al Menopause. 2018 Oct 22. doi: 10.1097/GME.0000000000001255. [Epub ahead of print]

Sunday, 4 November 2018

How do you know you are stressed? Acupuncture can help

You feel stressed. This is psychological stressed that you can feel mentally. Stress is not just psychological, but physical too. People often ignore physical stress. If you have these signs below and no specific causes are found for it, you could be under physical stress.

Hormone imbalance. Stress triggers the release of the hormone cortisol, which changes the body metabolism. Consequently, you would see signs of weight changes gaining weight or losing weight in short period of time. Also, you may see acne wouldn’t go away. Cortisol causes skin oil glands making more oil and if the oil is stuck inside hair follicles creating pimples.

Weakening immune system. Stress supress the immune system, cold would not go away or cold come back more frequently. Hair is falling too much because the immune system attacks hair follicles resulting hair loss.

Inflammation and tension in the body. The brain is not sharp causing memory problem because too much cortisol can also make it harder to concentrate. Have headache very often, stress creates muscle tension causing headache. Abdominal pain: stress causes more acid production in the stomach causing bloating and pain in the abdomen. Stress inflames bowels causing diarrhea and constipation.

Acupuncture can reduce stress effectively psychologically and physically.

Friday, 2 November 2018

Want to increase the chance for your embryo to implant? Acupuncture can help

Embryo implantation is the start of pregnancy which the embryo implants to the uterine wall. The word implantation is used for this stage. You can imagine that the embryo is not gluing to the uterine wall but growing into the uterine lining. If the lining is good, it provides good bed to hold the embryo for the embryo to grow bigger; if the lining is not good, the embryo would fall off from the bed causing miscarriage. At this stage the good uterine lining is key. How to make better uterine lining? The thickness of uterine lining depends on the hormone progesterone in the body. Low progesterone makes thin uterine lining which does not hold the embryo strong enough, miscarriage would occur, or does not good enough for the embryo to implant at all causing difficult to conceive. Blood supply is also a key factor to provide oxygen and nutrients for the lining cells to get good uterine lining thickness. Acupuncture can balance the hormone by improving ovarian circulation and improve uterine circulation. This will improve uterine lining thickness for embryo implantation.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Is exercise good for your sperm?

Male factor, or sperm problem may be the cause of infertility in 50% of cases. How to improve sperm quality to boost male fertility is important for male fertility. We know that sperm production may be affected by testicular heat stress, oxidative stress, endocrine pathology, improper nutrition, drug side effects, or irradiation. Physical inactivity may be associated with reduced semen quality. It is important to be aware of the impact of sports on the quality of semen. Does exercise help to improve sperm quality?

Research result is still controversial. Some observation studies have suggested that the level of physical activity is not related to semen quality, but others have. This also depends on the intensity of the exercise level and time spent on the exercise.

Recent studies have reported evidence of decreased sperm concentrations in cyclists and mountain trekkers after periods of intense physical effort. Semen volume tends to increase after training. Furthermore, the sperm count tends to increase after 4 weeks of training (30 minutes per session three times a week for 1 month, at 40% or 80% of the participants maximum heart rate) but to decrease after 60 weeks of high (compared with moderate) intensity training (80% vs. 60% maximal oxygen uptake). The percentage of normal morphology spermatozoa and their motility may also be reduced in athletes undergoing intensive cycling training for 16 weeks running on a treadmill five times a week, for 120 minutes, at 60% to 80% of maximal oxygen uptake, for 60 weeks or trekking in the high mountains for 6 to 8 hours a day for 5 days.

Choosing the exercise level and intensity that suits your needs and helps the sperm quantity and quality is important.

References
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5675222/