Doctor who is passionate about acupuncture

Doctor who is passionate about acupuncture

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Leading acupuncture specialist for facial rejuvenation, pain relief, stress, anxiety, emotion, depression relief, fertility and miscarriage
Based at Kensington and Chelsea at 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. Many year research and clinical experiences. This blog is for information only.

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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, 27 April 2019

Research has shown that acupuncture is effective for vulvodynia

Vulvodynia awareness makes this condition understood more. Up to 15% women have vulvodynia and many women seek treatments, but unfortunately there is no consistently effective standardized treatment for vulvodynia. Acupuncture can effectively reduce vulval pain and the women had special acupuncture for vulvodynia saw the benefit, though there is still no much research to prove it. The first randomized controlled pilot study examined the use of acupuncture for the treatment of vulvodynia was a small sample research about acupuncture on vulvodynia. In this study, thirty-six women with vulvodynia met inclusion criteria. The women were randomly assigned either to the acupuncture group or to the wait-list control group. The 18 subjects assigned to the acupuncture group received acupuncture two times per week for 5 weeks for a total of 10 sessions. The result has shown that Reports of vulvar pain and dyspareunia were significantly reduced, whereas changes in the aggregate FSFI scores suggest significant improvement in sexual functioning in those receiving acupuncture vs. those who did not.


Schlaeger JM et al J Sex Med. 2015 Apr;12(4):1019-27. doi: 10.1111/jsm.12830. Epub 2015 Jan 30.

How effective is acupuncture for reducing stress


Friday, 26 April 2019

Research suggested that acupuncture is effective to reduce symptoms of hay fever

Spring is a favourite season for most of people, but for hay fever sufferers spring might not be as enjoyable. Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis is an allergic condition with a group pf symptoms affecting nose. The common symptoms include sneezing, runny or blocked nose, loss of smell, itchy nose eyes watery eyes, headaches feeling tired etc. Acupuncture is very effective to reduce hay fever symptoms. About 18% of patients try to alleviate their symptoms using acupuncture. Recently a research from Germany studied impact of acupuncture on antihistamine use in patients suffering from hay fever. The data from 414 patients were analysed. The result has shown that the acupuncture group used antihistamines significantly less often compared with the other groups. Around 38% patients of the acupuncture group did not use any antihistamine in contrast to only 16% in the medication group. The pre-post comparison suggested that the acupuncture patients did not need to increase the days of antihistamine use to alleviate their symptoms, unlike the other groups. The conclusion is that acupuncture significantly reduce the number of days of antihistamine use while improving hay fever symptoms; it can be considered a valuable, additional treatment option for patients with hay fever.


Adam D et al Acupunct Med. 2018 Jun;36(3):139-145. doi: 10.1136/acupmed-2017-011382. Epub 2018 Feb 10.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

10 Reasons why you should try acupuncture to reduce fatigue

Fatigue is a common complaint in the clinic. Nonspecific fatigue is fatigue with no underlying medical cause. Some survey has shown that 20% of people feel unusually tired at any given time. It’s unusual to find anything physically wrong. However excessive fatigue affects one’s quality of life.

Tired of being tired? How to get rid of fatigue? Acupuncture is one of the methods that you should try. Why

No1 Many things in daily life can cause stress and stress makes you tired. Acupuncture can help reduce stress as a result it can help reduce fatigue.

No2 Brain is the largest energy consumer and all the energy come from blood supply to the brain. Acupuncture can help improve brain blood circulation and energy supply to reduce fatigue.

No3 Inflammation anywhere in the body can make you feel tired. Acupuncture reduces inflammation to reduce fatigue.

No4 The tension of the body blocks blood circulation and makes you feel tired. Acupuncture reduces tension and improves blood circulation to reduce fatigue.

No5 Chronic pain makes you tired. If you have chronic pain anywhere, this could make you feel tired. Acupuncture releases chronic pain and reduces fatigue.

No6 Imbalanced hormones can make you feel tired. Acupuncture can help resume hormone balance reduce stress hormones, consequently it reduces fatigue.

No7 Poor blood circulation can cause toxins accumulate in the body and makes you feel tired. Acupuncture improves blood circulation and improves fatigue.

No8 Insomnia can make you extremely tired. Acupuncture can improve sleep and reduce fatigue.

No 9 Emotions such as anxiety can make you tired. Acupuncture is effective to release emotion and improve fatigue

No 10. Acupuncture releases β -endorphin. If you are tired all the time, you might have low β endorphins in immune cells. Recent research has shown that β -endorphin concentrations in the immune cells of chronic fatigue patients were significantly lower than in healthy subjects.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Acupuncture can help, if you don’t sleep well.

Primary insomnia means that a person is having sleep problems that are not directly associated with any other health condition or problem such as another medical or psychiatric disorder. The main symptoms include that difficulty falling sleep, waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep again, waking up early in the morning, feeling tired once waking.

Acupuncture can help people with primary insomnia. This is proved by research papers. A very recent review wha analysed the effect of acupuncture on primary insomnia to provide updated evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on the effectiveness and safety of acupuncturefor primary insomnia. In this paper, 10 years data from 2008-2017) was analysed. A total of 73 RCTs involving 5533 participants were studied. The result has shown that there is significant effect of acupuncture compared with no treatment; acupuncture plus drugs showed better improvement than drugs alone; there is fewer side effects of acupuncture compared to the drugs. This review concluded that acupuncture is effective and safe method for insomnia.

Cao HJ et al J Altern Complement Med. 2019 Apr 23. doi: 10.1089/acm.2018.0046. [Epub ahead of print]

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Feeling extreme tired? Acupuncture can help.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), is a medical condition characterized by long-term fatigue and other persistent symptoms that limit a person's ability to carry out ordinary daily activities. The most prominent symptom is extreme fatigue. Study has shown that acupuncture can help CFS patients by reducing fatigue and improving other associated symptoms. For example, a recent study investigated the effect of acupuncture on CFS. 68 patients participated this study. In this study 34 patients were in acupuncture roup and they received acupuncture at following acupuncture points Baihui (BL 20), Fengchi (GB 20), Pishu (BL 20), Shenshu (BL 23), Sanyinjiao (SP 6) and Taixi (KI 3). The treatments were given once a day, 5 treatments a week, with 2 days break. The consecutive treatment for 4 weeks was required. 34 pateints in control group received oryzanol and vitamin B1. Before and after treatment, the score of the fatigue scale-14 (FS-14), the score of the somatic and psychological health report (SPHERE) and the score of the Pittsburgh sleep quality index (PSQI) were observed in the patients of the two groups separately. The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was adopted to determine the levels of serum interleukin-6 (IL-6) and interferon-γ (INF-γ) before and after treatment. After treatment, FS-14 scores, SPHERE scores and PSQI scores were all reduced compared to before the treatments. After treatment, the levels of IL-6 and INF-γ in the serum in the observation group were reduced. They concluded that acupuncture can improve fatigue and sleep quality. The effect mechanism is probably related to the decrease of the levels of IL-6 and INF-γ in serum.


Xue YX et al Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2019 Feb 12;39(2):123-7. doi: 10.13703/j.0255-2930.2019.02.003.

Acupuncture changes brain activities

Functional magnetic resonance images (fMRI) is a new technique to study brain activities. This technique is also help to study the effect of acupuncture on the brain. Many studies used fMRI to investigate the effect of acupuncture on the brain. For example a study collected 229 papers in Chinese and 109 in English published in journals from January of 1995 to January of 2018. In this study they analysed 11 papers containing 235 cases. Acupuncture increases brain activities on some regions including the right and left anterior cingulated gyrus, right caudate, left superior frontal gyrus, right middle frontal gyrus, and the right paracentral lobe, and decreases other region activities including the left mid-inferior occipital gyrus, left and right precentral and postcentral gyrus. Acupuncture on St 36 acupuncture point increased some regions activities including the right inferior parietal lobe, left middle inferior gyrus, right posterior lobe of cerebellum, and the left angular gyrus and deceased activities on the right middle superior frontal gyrus.

A recent paper showed the brain activities effect of acupuncture at Liangqiu (ST34), Xuehai (SP-10), Neixiyan (EX-LE4), and Dubi (ST-35). Acupuncture activated the postcentral gyrus, precuneus, temporal, posterior lobe, and occipital lobe.

Xiang AF et al Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 2019 Jan 25;44(1):66-70. doi: 10.13702/j.1000-0607.180138.
Li A et al Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Dec;97(50):e13655. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000013655.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Acupuncture is also popular in Russia

Acupuncture is very popular in the US and Europe. How about acupuncture in Russia?

Here is an interesting article about acupuncture development in Russia.

Peculiarities of the development of acupuncture in Russia by A. Kachan
St Petersburg Medical Academy of Postgraduate Study, 14, Vavilovykh Street (Hospital N3), 195257 St Petersburg, Russia

In 1928 P.Charukosky, a physician from Saint Petersburg, applied acupuncture for the first time in Russia. Since 1956 a new stage in the successful development of acupuncture started thanks to professors V.G.Vogralik and I.I.Rusetzky. In 1957 about 20 senior lecturers, professors, scientists and 6 students of medicine were sent to China for 6 months to study Chinese traditional medicine for many years. In 1959 the Ministry of Public Health included acupuncture (reflexotherapy) in the state-run medicine; intensive research has been carried out in scientific centres of Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod and other cities and extensive practical application has spread in the country. In 1974 systematic post-graduation teaching was started. In 1997 the Ministry of Public Health of the Russian Federation approved a separate medical special field called "reflexotherapy" (acupuncture), and in 1999 it issued regulations for the operation of the reflexotherapy service in Russia (the status of a reflexotherapist, a doctor's room, the working load, equipment and tools). Throughout Russia, Acupuncture and Chinese medicine seminars and conferences are regularly held. Physicians are taught acupuncture. There are a few journals and books on this topic.


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