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. .

Welcome to my blog

Leading acupuncture specialist for facial rejuvenation, pain relief, stress relief, fertility, fatigue, anxiety.
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.

My Website

My Guest blog articles and Reviews

Guest blog articles

https://anamayahealth.blogspot.com/2018/03/dr-maggie-ju-talks-about-vulvodynia.html

Reviews and articles

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


Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Coronavirus vaccine

In the UK, there are 2 types of COVID-19 vaccine The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and The Oxford vaccine to be used once they are approved. They both require 2 doses to provide the best protection. Both have been shown to be safe and effective in clinical trials. The NHS first offers these vaccines to those at highest risk of catching the disease and of suffering serious complications or dying from COVID-19 which includes older adults in care homes and frontline health and social care workers. When more vaccine becomes available, the vaccines will be offered to other people at risk as soon as possible.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was found to be safe and effective by the UK medicines regulator and has been approved for mass use in over-16s. Margaret Keenan who was turning 91 was the first person in the world to receive a dose. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has manufacturing sites in Europe and the US. Initial vaccine doses for the UK are being produced at Pfizer's site in Puurs, Belgium.

The vaccine from Pfizer is made using genetic material RNA, a part of the virus's genetic code. This is injected into patients to activate patient’s immune cells. This technique never before developed on this scale - it has strict temperature requirements and needs to be stored at a very cold -70C to prevent it from degrading. This means it needs to be transported in a carefully controlled deep-freeze delivery chain.

The Oxford vaccine is a genetically modified common cold virus that used to infect chimpanzees. it can't trigger infection in humans because it has had a tiny bit of genetic material removed. A fragment of the genetic code for coronavirus is inserted into this gap. This forms the vaccine. The technical term is a viral vector vaccine. The Oxford vaccine has a crucial advantage - its vials can be stored and transported at normal fridge temperature.

Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine approved for use in UK just before New Year 2021.

The first people will receive the Oxford University/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine on 4 January 2021 as the NHS rapidly expands COVID-19 vaccination programmes across the UK.

The NHS is the first health service in the world to deploy the life-saving jab, which has been authorised by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) after meeting strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness. It is the only approved vaccine which can be stored at fridge temperatures.

Brian Pinker, 82-year-old has become the first person in the world to receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine since it was approved for use in the UK.

References
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-why-you-are-being-asked-to-wait/why-you-have-to-wait-for-your-covid-19-vaccine
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55308216
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/first-people-to-receive-oxford-universityastrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine-today-4-january-2021


Friday, 4 December 2020

Acupuncture for subchorionic hematoma

Subchorionic hematoma or subchorionic hemorrhage is bleeding beneath the chorion membranes that enclose the embryo in the uterus due to partial detachment of the chorion membranes from the wall of the uterus. They are the most common cause of vaginal bleeding in 9-20 weeks pregnancy. Most women present with light vaginal bleeding, but some are asymptomatic with incidental ultrasound findings. The causes of subchorionic hematoma are not clear. The presence of a uterine malformation, a history of recurrent pregnancy loss, or pelvic infections are all possible risk factors to subchorionic hematoma. The symptoms of subchorionic hematoma are vaginal bleeding without abdominal pain; some patients may experience cramping. The increased pregnancy loss includes the volume of the bleeding, location and pregnancy weeks.

There was a paper that reported acupuncture for threatened miscarriage with subchorionic hematoma. They found that acupuncture combined with dextroprogesterone can improve the effective rate of patients with threatened abortion in early pregnancy complicated with subchorionic hematoma.

References
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK559017/
Jia-Man Wu et al Zhongguo Zhen Jiu 2019 Oct 12;39(10):1046-50.

Thursday, 3 December 2020

Pelvic floor: Transverse perineal muscles

Transverse perineal muscles
There are two transverse perineal muscles, superficial and deep transverse perineal. They are part of the pelvic floor. Superficial transverse perineal muscle originates from tendinous fibers from the ischial tuberosity of the sitting bone, runs medially and ends at the perineal body the central tendinous point of the perinium with the bulbospongiosus muscle in front. Deep transverse perineal muscle originates from the ischium, runs medially, and ends at vagina and the perineal body posteriorly and blends with the opposite side muscle. They act to support the perineal body and pelvic floor.

WHO lists of acupuncture therapy tested

 The World Health Organisation lists a wide variety of diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials. Here is the full list.

 

The diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials reported in the recent literature can be classified into four categories as shown below.

1. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved— through controlled trials—to be an effective treatment:

Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy

Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)

Biliary colic

Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)

Dysentery, acute bacillary

Dysmenorrhoea, primary

Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)

Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)

Headache

Hypertension, essential

Hypotension, primary

Induction of labour

Knee pain

Leukopenia

Low back pain

Malposition of fetus, correction of

Morning sickness

Nausea and vomiting

Neck pain

Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)

Periarthritis of shoulder

Postoperative pain

Renal colic

Rheumatoid arthritis,

Sciatica

Sprain

Stroke

Tennis elbow

2. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed:

Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)

Acne vulgaris

Alcohol dependence and detoxification

Bell’s palsy

Bronchial asthma

Cancer pain

Cardiac neurosis

Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation

Cholelithiasis

Competition stress syndrome

Craniocerebral injury, closed

Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent

Earache

Epidemic haemorrhagic fever

Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)

Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection

Female infertility

Facial spasm

Female urethral syndrome

Fibromyalgia and fasciitis

Gastrokinetic disturbance

Gouty arthritis

Hepatitis B virus carrier status

Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)

Hyperlipaemia

Hypo-ovarianism

Insomnia

Labour pain

Lactation, deficiency

Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic

Ménière disease

Neuralgia, post-herpetic

Neurodermatitis

Obesity

Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence

Osteoarthritis

Pain due to endoscopic examination

Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans

Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein–Leventhal syndrome)

Postextubation in children

Postoperative convalescence

Premenstrual syndrome

Prostatitis, chronic

Pruritus

Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome

Raynaud syndrome, primary

Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy

Retention of urine, traumatic

Schizophrenia

Sialism, drug-induced

Sjögren syndrome

Sore throat (including tonsillitis)

Spine pain, acute

Stiff neck

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction

Tietze syndrome

Tobacco dependence

Tourette syndrome

Ulcerative colitis, chronic

Urolithiasis

Vascular dementia

Whooping cough (pertussis)

3. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which there are only individual controlled trials reporting some therapeutic effects, but for which acupuncture is worth trying because treatment by conventional and other therapies is difficult:

Chloasma

Choroidopathy, central serous

Colour blindness

Deafness

Hypophrenia

Irritable colon syndrome

Neuropathic bladder in spinal cord injury

Pulmonary heart disease, chronic

Small airway obstruction

4. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture may be tried provided the practitioner has special modern medical knowledge and adequate monitoring equipment:

Breathlessness in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Coma

Convulsions in infants

Coronary heart disease (angina pectoris)

Diarrhoea in infants and young children

Encephalitis, viral, in children, late stage

Paralysis, progressive bulbar and pseudobulbar

References

https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-traditional-acupuncture/4026-who-list-of-conditions.html

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Essential tremor treatment with acupuncture

A tremor is an involuntary rhythmic muscle contraction involving movements of one or more parts of the body. It may be intermittent or constant. It is a common movement disorder that most often affects the hands but can also occur in the arms, head, vocal cords, torso, and legs. Most types of tremor have no known cause, although there are some forms that appear to be inherited and run in families. Tremor can occur on its own or be a symptom associated with some neurological disorders, including multiple sclerosis, stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's disease, the use of certain medicines, anxiety or panic attack.
Essential tremor is a nervous system (neurological) disorder that causes involuntary and rhythmic shaking. It can affect almost any part of your body, but the trembling occurs most often in the hands.

Essential tremor is usually not a dangerous condition, but it typically worsens over time and can be severe in some people. Other conditions don't cause essential tremor, although essential tremor is sometimes confused with Parkinson's disease.

Essential tremor can occur at any age but is most common in people age 40 and older.

Essential tremor vs. Parkinson's disease

Timing of tremors is different. Essential tremor of the hands usually occurs when you use the hands. Tremors from Parkinson's disease are most prominent when the hands are resting.

Associated conditions. Essential tremor generally doesn't cause other health problems, but Parkinson's disease is associated with slow movement and stiffness.

Acupuncture is used for essential Essential tremors and there were case reports that essential tremors are improved with acupuncture treatments.

References
Jong-Jin Jeong and Seung-Ho Sun J Pharmacopuncture. 2013 Dec; 16(4): 49–53.

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Healing from emotional and psychological trauma with acupuncture

Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extremely stressful events that traumatise the brain and leave you struggling with upsetting and depressing emotions, memories, and anxiety that won’t go away.

It can be caused by onetime events or ongoing, persistent stress that occur repeatedly. The symptoms include emotional & psychological symptoms: such as confusion, difficulty concentrating, anger, irritability, mood swings, anxiety and fear, depression, negative thoughts etc.; and physical symptoms such as insomnia or nightmares, fatigue, being startled easily, racing heartbeat, edginess and agitation, aches and pains, muscle tension etc.

Mental and emotional release can help you release post-traumatic stress, anxiety, fear and depression, other negative emotions, consequently, heal from trauma.

Acupuncture can help regulate brain region where controlling emotions such as amygdala and nervous system and balance chemicals which plays a vital role in emotional processing to help mental and emotional release.

References
Kathleen K.S. Hui et al Auton Neurosci. 2010 Oct 28; 157(0): 81–90.

Friday, 23 October 2020

Muscle spasms released with acupuncture, a case report

Muscle spasms or muscle cramps are very common, and they occur when a muscle involuntarily contracts and cannot relax. This most frequently occur in the leg muscles, but any muscles including neck, back, hips, abdomen, hands, feet can go spasms. Typically, they involve part or all of a muscle, or several muscles in a group. Muscle spasms range in intensity from mild twitches to severe pain. When this happens, it may accompany enormous pain. The related muscle may feel harder than normal to the touch. It may show visible signs of twitching. Muscle spasms can occur at any time to anyone. It can happen when you walk, sit, perform any exercises or even sleep.
Acupuncture have an instantly effect of releasing muscle spasm. For example, a 52-year-old lady had sudden upper back pain when she carried a heavy bag. This pain was persisting for a few days and she could not move her back and neck. Pain killers did not help. She had one acupuncture treatment and most of the pain had gone immediately after the treatment.

Friday, 16 October 2020

Three bean soup, an ancient recipe

Three bean soup, an ancient recipe from China is a famous Chinese medicine formula as well as food remedy. This formula contains three beans including small read beans, small black beans, as well as small green beans. It nourishes skin and helps skin problems such as spots, skin patches itchiness etc. It nourishes blood too and good for fertility and pregnancy.

Cooking methods

No1,

1, Soak equal amount of three beans which you can get from Chinese supermarkets in warm water for a couple of hours.

2, Boil the beans in plenty of water in low heat for a couple of hours.

3, It is ready to drink. You can add honey, if you have sweet tooth.

No2,

1, Soak three beans in the warm water as above.

2, Grand the mixture and boil it.

3, It is ready to drink. You can add honey, if you have sweet tooth.

Small red beans are neutral in nature, a bit sour in taste. They contain plenty of proteins, minerals etc. They have detoxification effect and eliminate water retention.

Small black beans are neutral in nature, sweet in taste. They nourish the blood, detoxify and eliminate water retention and bloating.

Small green beans are neutral in nature, sweet in taste. They contain plenty of proteins, phospholipids. They have lowering cholesterols and antihistamine effects.

Saturday, 10 October 2020

Types of acupuncture

Facial acupuncture is a type of acupuncture in which acupuncture needles are inserted into the certain points on the face. It helps make the facial skin look younger and smoother; reduces signs of aging; and it also releases stress and anxiety.

Abdominal acupuncture is a type of acupuncture in which acupuncture needles are inserted into the certain points on the abdomen. It helps boosting fertility. It also helps eliminate certain pain and stress in the body.

Back acupuncture is a type of acupuncture in which acupuncture needles are inserted into the certain points on the back. It helps releasing pain at the back from neck to the low back. It also helps energy flow.

Scalp acupuncture is a type of acupuncture in which acupuncture needles are inserted into the certain points on the scalp. It helps brain related conditions, such as parkinson’s, stroke rehabilitation etc. It also helps releasing stress, anxiety and depression.

Auricular acupuncture or ear acupuncture is a type of acupuncture treatment that’s limited to the ears. It helps releasing stress and anxiety and insomnia.

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Acupuncture covered by your insurance

You may find that your acupuncture treatment can be covered by your own medical insurance. Please check your individual situation with your insurer. In all situations you will pay directly for treatment and then be able to reclaim the costs through your insurer where applicable.

Here are some insurance company information

Simplyhealth: simplyhealth.co.uk 0800 980 7890

Medisure: (requires consultant referral) www.medisure.co.uk 0870 908 3393

Sovereign Health Care: Sovereignhealthcare. co.uk 01274 841127 0800 678 5605 cs@sovereignhealthcare.co.uk

HSF Health Plan: www.hsf.eu.com www.hsf.co.uk 020 7202 1380 0800 917 2208 enquiries@HSF.eu.com.

National Friendly: Nationalfriendly.co.uk 0800 195 9244 info@nationalfriendly.co.uk

Healthshield: Healthshield.co.uk 01270 588555 info@healthshield.co.uk

Medicare: Medicare.co.uk 020 3418 0470 info@medicare.co.uk

Paycare: Paycare.org 0902 371000 enquiries@paycare.org

BHSF: www.bhsf.co.uk 0800622552 enquiries@bhsf.co.uk

Monday, 5 October 2020

Having pain and depressed, tried acupuncture?

Chronic pain and depression are hand in hand. Chronic pain affects up to 20% general populations. It is persistent or intermittent pain that lasts for more than 3 months despite a normal tissue healing time. It associates with poor quality of life and often causes depression. Depression can be characterized by psychological and physical symptoms, including low mood or sadness, lack of energy, lack of motivation, insomnia, low sex drive and an inability to enjoy life. Chronic pain may induce depression, and people suffering from depression may also present abnormal pain perception and modulation, which increases the risk of developing chronic pain. About 85% of people affected with chronic pain suffer from severe depression. The pathological process of both chronic pain and depression involve neuroinflammation. Neuroinflammation is an innate immune response of the nervous system to injury, infection or neurodegenerative disease characterized by the activation of resident glial cells, including microglia and astrocytes; release of cytokines and chemokines; and activation and infiltration of leukocytes. These make them complex and difficult to treat. Acupuncture can reduce inflammation and is effective for chronic pain and depression.

Friday, 2 October 2020

Acupuncture helps fertility and increases Live birth rate by 30%.

Acupuncture potentially affect fertility in a few ways suggested by research. 

First, acupuncture can induce vasodilation and blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, which are vital to reproduction. By inhibiting central sympathetic nerve tone.

Acupuncture also makes the body produce endorphins relieving the stress response associated with infertility and infertility-related treatment.

Acupuncture balances hormones. The release of neurotransmitters—such as dopamine, serotonin, neuropeptides, and oxytocin initiated by acupuncture could influence the hypothalamus–pituitary–ovarian axis to promote ovulation, regulate menstrual cycles, and increase overall fertility.

Acupuncture could affect glucose uptake in the skeletal tissue, decrease hyperinsulinemia, and might increase insulin clearance in polycystic ovary syndrome.

Recent data-analyses found that Acupuncture has been effective for increasing clinical pregnancy rates by 28%–32%, Ongoing pregnancy rate by 42%, and Live birth rate by 30%, compared to no treatment. Acupuncture does not increase the risk of miscarriage. Some analysis has shown that acupuncture reduced the miscarriage rate by 43%. Additionally, acupuncture was 42% more effective to increase live births when women had previously failed a cycle, and baseline pregnancy rate continues to mediate acupuncture's effects.

References
Lee E. Hullender Rubin, Med Acupunct. December 2019; 31(6): 329–333.

Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Factors affect wound healing.

Wound healing is a normal biological process in the human body and the process contains four phases: hemostasis, inflammation, proliferation, and remodeling.

For a wound to heal successfully, all four phases must occur in the proper sequence and time frame. Many factors can interfere with one or more phases of this process, thus causing improper or impaired wound healing. Generally, the factors that influence repair can be categorized into local and systemic. Local factors are those that directly influence the characteristics of the wound itself, such as oxygenation, infection, foreign body and venous sufficiency; while systemic factors are the overall health or disease state of the individual that affect his or her ability to heal such as age and hormones, stress, diabetes, ischemia, diseases, diabetes, obesity, medications including sterioids, chemotherapy, immunity deficiency, alcoholism, smoking, and nutrition.


References
S Guo et al J Dent Res. 2010 Mar; 89(3): 219–229.

Saturday, 26 September 2020

Acupuncture helps sleep quality in patients with insomnia by altering brain activities

Primary insomnia is that people have difficulty in falling sleep and difficulty in maintaining sleep. People with insomnia has caused an increased incidence of serious medical conditions, such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Acupuncture has been proven to be effective for insomnia with minor side-effects and has been increasingly used in private clinics located in 46 states in the United States as a treatment for insomnia.
Previous studies on the mechanism of acupuncture have revealed that acupuncture can affect the activation in brain regions. The activation in brain regions at 15 min after acupuncture stimuli were greater than the activation at 5 min after acupuncture stimuli.
A recent study recruited 129 patients with insomnia and examined the effect of acupuncture on insomnia. After the 5-week acupuncture treatment, patients sleep quality was improved significantly.
fMRI scan has shown that in the following brain regions are rrelated to sleep quality: right cerebellum posterior lobe, temporal gyrus (left middle temporal gyrus, left superior temporal gyrus), left extra-nuclear, right anterior cingulate, left parahippocampa gyrus, frontal gyrus (bilateral inferior frontal gyrus, left middle frontal gyrus, bilateral superior frontal gyrus), parietal lobule (right precentral gyrus, left postcentral gyrus, left supramarginal gyrus, left inferior parietal lobule, left superior parietal lobule, left precuneus). After acupuncture treatment, activities in these regions are altered.

References
Yu-Kai Wang et al BMC Complement Med Ther. 2020; 20: 254.

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Acupuncture improves clinical pregnancy rate and ovarian reserve

Infertility caused by various factors is defined as a couple’s inability to conceive after one year of regular and unprotected sex. Approximately one in six couples worldwide are affected by infertility In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a frequently used treatment method to achieve pregnancy. The success rate of IVF increases in conditions with good response to controlled ovarian stimulation (COS). Poor ovarian response (POR) has been accepted as a predictor of outcome of IVF. An abnormal ovarian reserve test (i.e., antral follicle count (AFC) less than 5-7 follicles or anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) less than 0.5-1.1 ng/ml) indicates poor ovarian response. Acupuncture has been used to treat infertility, as it improves the endometrium, promotes ovulation, and reduces pain during egg retrieval. Additionally, acupuncture is utilized in combination with IVF to improve fertilization rates. Acupuncture can reduce uterine artery blood flow impedance in infertile women undergoing IVF. Since ovarian stromal blood flow has been frequently used to predict ovarian response prior to IVF, acupuncture may affect ovarian response. A recent research has shown that clinical pregnancy rate, AMH and the number of retrieved oocytes were highest in the acupuncture group compared to control groups. References Soobin Jang et al Integr Med Res. 2020 Jun; 9(2): 100395.

Sunday, 20 September 2020

Acupuncture helps acne

Acne is a chronic inflammation in the hair follicles and sebaceous glands. The most affected areas are the face and chest and back, because these areas are the areas where sebum secretion is more active. Acne develops further and can produce skin lesions such as pimples, cysts, and nodules. Acne not only damages the appearance of patients, but also causes emotional distress such as anxiety or depression due to impaired appearance, which seriously affects the physical and mental health of patients. The causes are related to endocrine factors, immune factors, abnormalities of the hair follicle sebaceous glands, and mass reproduction of microorganisms.
Recent studies have shown that acupuncture can quickly reduce inflammation, relieve local tissue edema, congestion, exudation, adhesions, and other pathological changes. The white blood cell value changes significantly before and after acupuncture treatment. The white blood cell count of patients treated with acupuncture was significantly higher, indicating that acupuncture can promote the proliferation of white blood cells, thereby promoting the absorption of inflammation and playing a role in anti-inflammatory and anti-infection. Acupuncture has the function of promoting the absorption of chronic inflammation, which can destroy the diseased tissue and stimulate the body's absorption of necrotic tissue. Promote blood circulation: Local microcirculation problem and local skin lesions are present in acne. This was improved after acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture can help the absorption of inflammation and improve local blood circulation. It can improve the body's metabolic level.

For example, a study recruited 36 participants with acne. They were offered 12 treatments over 6 weeks.
The result has shown that there was a significant reduction in the inflammatory acne lesion counts, the Skindex-29 scores and the subjective symptom scores.

References
Byeong-Kook Son et al Acupunct Med. 2010 Sep;28(3):126-9.
Le Kou et al. Medicine (Baltimore). 2020 May; 99(18): e19764.

Saturday, 19 September 2020

What is collagen?

Collagens are the most plentiful insoluble fibrous proteins and major building blocks in the body accounting for 1/3 of the protein composition. They can be found in bones, skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. They are also found in many other body parts, including blood vessels, corneas, and teeth. The collagens in the human body are strong and flexible. They give the skin strength and elasticity and help blood clot etc.

There are 4 main types of collagens out of 16.

Collagens are known as structural proteins that holds the body together to provide strength and structure.

Type I consist of 90% of the body’s collagen and is densely packed fibers. It provides structure to skin, bones, tendons, fibrous cartilage, connective tissue, and teeth.

Type II is more loosely packed and found in elastic cartilage of joints.

Type III supports the structure of muscles, organs, and arteries.

Type IV helps with filtration and is found in the layers of the skin.

With aging, the body produces less and lower quality collagen.

For example, the skin becomes less firm and elastic. Wrinkles form, Joint cartilage also weakens with age.

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Saggy skin, tried acupuncture?

Acupuncture improves collagen production and resumes younger looking skin.

How the skin looking, young or old depends on the nature and organization of dermal collagen and the elastic fibers network. The collagens give the mechanical strength of the skin, whereas the elastic fibers are responsible for elasticity to the skin. They give skin elasticity and provide firm skin so that skin can bounce back when stretched.

The patterns of collagen organisation depend on the collagen types and other characteristics such as fiber length, fiber volume fraction and collagen molecular stretching, as well as the tilt angle of collagens determining its orientation. These change with age, becoming denser and begin to disorganise and contribute to the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin. Both elastin and collagen production decline as people age. These two proteins can also become deteriorated by external factors over time, such as: UV exposure, smoking, pollutants in the environment, excess alcohol, poor nutrition etc. Not taking care of your skin or health can speed up the process of skin aging. This can make your skin look saggy and wrinkled at a younger age. Saggy skin, on both the face and body, is also associated with the loss of fat.

Saggy skin can happen almost anywhere on the body. Common areas include eyelids, jaw, chin, throat, upper arms and stomach.

Acupuncture improves collagen and elastin production resulting in younger looking skin. This is proved by recent research study. In this study, 52 patients were participated. The result was assessed by an independent dermatologist. The result shows that skin laxity and tone had markedly improved in all patients resulting in a younger, fresher, healthier and brighter appearance of the patients' skin. Moreover, a reduction of wrinkles and fine lines was observed, as well as an increase in skin collagen and elasticity, with the skin looking more plumed and naturally ‘lifted’ without the aid of foreign substances that can sometimes alter facial features.

The laboratory analysed samples from a biopsy pre- and post-treatment and found that both the macroscopic, as well as histological characteristics of the skin were significantly improved. Trichrome staining demonstrated a more compact dermis, with a healthy matrix network Specifically, the collagen fibers were larger and thicker with a more ordered alignment of fibers of the treated skin as compared to the pre-treatment condition.This finding was also confirmed by electron microscopy which demonstrated an increased dermis thickness compared with the pre-treatment condition. collagen the fibers were disorganized and of poorer quality before treatment and were better organized, good quality fibers of a more ordered alignment after the treatment.

References

Maria Sifaki et al Exp Ther Med. 2020 Jan; 19(1): 717–721.

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

The Sacroiliac Joint pain, tried acupuncture?

The Sacroiliac Joints (SI joints) are located at the low back where the sacrum and ilium meet. The sacrum is the triangle-shaped bone near the bottom of the spine, just above the coccyx, or tailbone. The ilium, one of the three bones that make up the hip bones, is the uppermost point of the pelvis. The Sacroiliac Joints connect the spine to the hips. All the bones in the SI joints are connected by muscles and the joints are reinforced by strong ligaments. This network of soft tissues provides support and stability, limits movement at the joint, and assists with absorbing pressure. Small movements at the joint help with shock absorption when walking and lifting and forward/backward bending. The bones of the SI joints are jagged which help them stay in alignment. Spaces between the bones of the SI joints are filled with fluid providing lubrication. These spaces are also filled with free nerve endings, which send pain signals to the brain.

SI joint pain can occur. Other terms for SI joint pain include: SI joint dysfunction, SI joint syndrome, SI joint strain and SI joint inflammation. The SI joint is to account for 15-30% chronic lower back pain. Chronic SI joint pain persists for more than three months. Common symptoms include: pain in the lower back, pain in the buttocks, hips, and pelvis, pain in the groin, pain limited to just one of the SI joints, increased pain when standing up from a sitting position, stiffness or a burning sensation in the pelvis, numbness, weakness, pain radiating down into the thighs and upper legs.

Typically, it is dull, aching, lower back pain and can range from mild to severe. It may be felt all the time or worsen with certain activities. Lower back pain is typically felt only on one side, but in some cases may be felt on both sides. It can be a sharp, stabbing pain that radiates from the hips, buttocks, and/or groin and pelvis, up to the lower back, and down to the thighs. The pain is worsened when putting added pressure on the sacroiliac joint, such as climbing stairs, running, or jogging, and lying or putting weight on one side. Stiffness and reduced range-of-motion in the lower back, hips, pelvis, and groin may cause difficulty with movements such as walking upstairs or bending at the waist.

Acupuncture effectively reduces low back pain.

Coronavirus vaccine

In the UK, there are 2 types of COVID-19 vaccine The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and The Oxford vaccine to be used once they are approved. They ...