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

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Acupuncture is a valuable treatment for chronic pain from the head to toes (No 9 thigh pain)

Aching and burning pain can happen at upper thigh. It may also be accompanied by other symptoms including itching, tingling, numbness and walking makes the pain worse. This can be caused by greater trochanteric pain syndrome. It is caused by injury, pressure, or repetitive movements, and it’s common in runners and in women. The symptoms include lying on the affected side makes the pain worse; the pain is worsening over time; walking or running makes the pain worse; hip muscle weakness can occur. Meralgia paresthetica is caused by pressure on the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. The symptoms include tingling, numbness, and a burning pain in the outer part of the thigh. It typically occurs on one side of the body and is caused by compression of the nerve. Muscle strains can happen in any part of the body, they’re common in the hamstring and hip flexor muscles and may cause thigh pain. Symptoms may include: sudden onset of pain, soreness, limited range of movement, bruising and swelling and muscle spasm. IT band syndrome is common among runners. Iliotibial band (IT band) runs down the outside of the thigh from the hip to the skin. If IT band becomes tight and inflamed, it can cause pain in the thigh and around the knee.

Acupuncture is a valuable treatment for thigh pain.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Which muscles are involved in upper back pain?

Trapezius muscle

Trapezius is a superficial broad triangular muscle at neck and upper back, one of the largest superficial muscles at the upper back. It attaches to the base of the skull and extends down to the neck, the upper back until mid back; laterally it inserts to the shoulder blades. There are three functional regions to the muscle: the Upper, middle, and lower trapezius, and each region has its own function: upper region moves the shoulder blades and support the arms; the middle region retracts the shoulder blades and the lower region rotates and depresses the shoulder blades. Trigger points present in trapezius is a common cause of upper back pain.

Rhomboid major and minor muscles

Below Levator scapulae muscle are Rhoboids including rhomboids minor and rhomboids major. Rhomboid minor and Rhomboids major are muscles on the back connecting the shoulder blade with the spinal column. Rhomboids major is just below the rhomboid minor. They are deeper to the trapezius starting from spinal column C7 to T5 and inserting to the medial border of the shoulder blade. They keep the shoulder blade pressed against the back and retracted the shoulder blade toward the spinal column. The innervation to these two muscles is from C4-C6 nerve root on the neck.
Acupuncture can help release upper back pain. 

Thursday, 18 July 2019

How Science Helped Move Acupuncture to Mainstream

C-section scar care with acupuncture

Some babies have to be delivered via C-section which is a surgery to deliver your baby through a cut made in your tummy and womb. A four to six-inch skin incision is made horizontally just below the pubic hairline to fit baby’s head coming through. The abdominal muscles are moved aside and a horizontal incision is also made in the uterus.

Since the incision is usually made below the pubic hairline, you might not see your scar at all. It'll look red or pink for several months but eventually it fades to a pale, flat, thin line. Some women create bigger, thicker, or raised scars than others. If your scar is itchy or painful after a few months there is inflammation. Acupuncture can help to reduce inflammation of the scar to make the scar smoother.

A recent review has studied efficacy of acupuncture in treating scars following tissue trauma. All studies reported positive outcomes for the use of acupuncture for scar symptoms, though treatment frequency, duration, number of treatments and points used varied between studies.

Scars Burn Heal 2019 Mar 11;5:2059513119831911. doi: 10.1177/2059513119831911. eCollection 2019 Jan-Dec.

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Acupuncture is effective for eczema

Eczema is a very common skin condition due to skin inflammation. Atopic eczema is the most common form and is included in a group of allergic conditions like asthma, hay fever and food allergy. They are all linked by an increased activity of the allergy side of the body’s immune system. Eczema often starts in childhood, and it may also start later in adult. It tends to run in families. People with eczema typically have alterations in their skin barrier, and overly reactive inflammatory and allergy responses. Environmental factors include contact with soaps, detergents and any other chemicals applied to the skin, exposure to allergens, and infection with certain bacteria and viruses.

Eczema comes from the Greek word to boil and is used to describe the symptoms of the condition: red, dry, itchy, skin which can sometimes become weeping, blistered, crusted, scaling and thickened. The main symptom of eczema is skin rash associated with itch. Scratching can fire up the skin rash and makes the itching worse. Itch can be severe enough to interfere with sleep, causing tiredness and irritability. The symptoms can sometimes be severe while other times less severe. Some people only have small patches of dry skin, but others may experience widespread red, inflamed skin all over the body. atopic eczema can affect any part of the body, it most often affects the hands, insides of the elbows, backs of the knees and the face and scalp. Many things can flare up atopic eczema: such as heat, dust woollen clothing, pets and irritants including soaps and detergents, cold and infections, teething in babies, food allergies and stress.

Acupuncture is effective for atopic eczema. For example, a recent study involving in thirty participants with eczema. They were received four weeks of acupuncture treatments. All eczema symptoms were improved in 4 weeks’ time.


Kang S et al Complement Ther Med2018 Dec;41:90-98. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2018.08.013. Epub 2018 Sep 10.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Acupuncture is a valuable treatment for chronic pain from the head to toes (No 8 sciatic pain)

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body and begins from nerve roots in the lumbar spinal cord in the low back and runs through the buttock area down to the lower limb ending at the feet. Sciatic pain is caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve. Anything that irritates this nerve can cause pain, ranging from mild to severe. The main symptom is a shooting pain anywhere along the sciatic nerve; from the lower back, through the buttock, and down the back of either leg. The pain may be stabbing, burning or shooting. It can be also accompanied with tingling like pins and needles, or numbness, and muscle weakness. The most typical symptom is unilateral leg pain radiating to the foot or toes that is greater than low back pain. It may involve increased pain on straight leg raising and neurological symptoms limited to one nerve root. The pain may last just a few days or for months or years. Early treatment can help release the pain quicker.

Acupuncture is a valuable treatment for sciatic pain.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Acupuncture is a valuable treatment for chronic pain from the head to toes (No 7 thigh pain)

Thigh pain is one of the common chronic pain conditions. Pain can be at the front of the thigh. If the pain at the front of the thigh, this can be caused by hip flexor muscles strain, injury and overuse. Pain or muscle spasms at the front of the thighs can be present. This may be accompanied with increasing pain when lifting the thigh toward the chest; pain when stretching the hip muscles; tenderness to the touch; swelling or bruising. Pain can also be in the outside of the thigh. Greater trochanteric pain syndrome can cause pain in the outside of the upper thighs. It’s typically caused by injury, pressure, or repetitive movements. Symptoms include that pain is worse when lying on the affected side; pain is worsening over time; pain is increasing when walking or running; hip muscle spasm and weakness. IT band syndrome is a common cause of the pain at the outside of the thigh. IT band runs down the outside of the thigh from the hip to the knee. It can become tight and inflamed causing pain at the outside of the thigh. Pain and swelling can be felt around the knees, but it can also be felt sometimes in the thigh. Pain can be at the back of the thigh. Hamstring muscle strains are very common causing pain at the back of the thigh. Symptoms include sudden onset of pain, soreness, limited movement, bruising, swelling, muscle spasm, stiffness and weakness.
Acupuncture is a valuable treatment for thigh pain.

NICE recommends acupuncture for chronic primary pain April 2021

NICE guidelines for chronic primary pain The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice ...