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

Thursday, 16 July 2020

5 reasons why you should have yoga along with acupuncture to benefit most for the mind-body health.

Modern rapid lifestyle puts extreme strains on our mind and body. To keep our mind-body healthy we look back for those ancient healing arts and holistic approaches. Fortunately, we found some. Yoga, a practice dating back over 2000 years to ancient India focuses on the integration of the mind, body, and spirit through the practice of physical movements, meditation and breathing exercises. Its relaxation benefits (meditation and breathing exercises) and stretching and strengthening movements (physical poses) are attracted to many people in modern era. Acupuncture, an ancient healing art has also been practiced for more than 2000 years since it was originated from China. Acupuncture, in which thin needles are inserted into the body was considered a primary medical skill in ancient China and has gained popularity in Western countries in the last few decades.

There are 5 reasons to gain most benefits for our mind and body when we have yoga alongside with acupuncture.

1, Maximize brain and body communications from different pathways. The communication pathway between the brain and body is two-way traffic via motor system and sensory systems of nerves. The brain influences and controls the body via motor system, while the body sends signals to the brain via sensory system. Yoga is a movement therapy in which the benefit is through motor system by movement (physical poses and breathing); acupuncture instead is non-movement therapy in which the needle sensation is sent to the brain via sensory system. Yoga with add on acupuncture provides synergy effects of balance and harmony.

2, Integrate balance of the mind, the face, and the body. When we say the mind body connection, we forget the face. All our emotions, anxieties and stresses can be accumulated on the face which ages the face and affects the brain and mind. Yoga’s movements are mainly involved in the body movements; it does nothing to the face. Facial acupuncture can release all the emotions, anxieties, and stresses to rejuvenate the face and restore harmony in the mind and relax the body. Therefore, having yoga combined with facial acupuncture can benefit the most to integrate the balance of the mind, body, and face.

3, Unblock energy before it can be moved. In the modern practice of yoga, we use movement, breathing and meditation to move energy in a direction that nourishes us. However, if there is a blockage on the energy pathway, the energy cannot get through. So, it is easy to understand that we use acupuncture to sort out any blockages to clear up energy pathway. In this way we can benefit the most from yoga to move the energy around. For example, if there is pain and inflammation on any part of the body where the energy is blocked, this part of the body cannot move because the body automatically protect itself from moving and causing pain. Acupuncture can release pain and inflammation to remove the blockage and make the energy move freely. Then we can do yoga without pain.

4, Acupuncture reduces anxiety and stress to help yoga breathing. Breathing is the core technique of yoga practice which should be rhythmic, deep, and slow to create harmony and balance within the body and mind. If we are anxious and stressed, our breathing patterns tend to be irregular which is tense, shallow, and erratic. Acupuncture releases anxiety and stress effectively to help restore regular breathing patterns and relaxation state to benefit yoga practice.

5, Acupuncture releases tension to help yoga stretching and strengthening. During yoga, our body is going through a full range and variety of motion to get best poses by stretching and strengthening techniques. If some muscles are in tense, stretching and strengthening these muscles can cause injury or simply they are not relaxing and cannot be stretched, let alone strengthening. Acupuncture can release tension from the muscles to make sure all muscles are ready for yoga practice.

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Chinese herbal medicine stories: Fu Ling

Fu Ling (Wolfiporia cocos, Poria Mushrooms)

Fu Ling (Wolfiporia cocos, Poria Mushrooms) is an edible and medicinal fungus that grows in association with pine trees.

This is the first story about Fu Ling. Once upon a time, a councillor had a daughter named Ling. He had a strong lad named Fu to help look after the household. Fu was hard working guy, the councillor’s daughter loved him secretly. When the councillor knew this, he was extremely unhappy. He said that they were not in the same class and could not get married. He fired Fu and grounded his own daughter and made her engaged to a guy from a rich family. Fu and Ling heard this and they both ran away from the family and lived in a small village. Later, Ling had rheumatism and could not get out of the bed. Fu was looking after her day after day. One day Fu went to the mountain to pick up herbs for Ling. Suddenly there was a hare in front of him. His arrow hit a hind leg of the hare. The injured hare ran and Fu chased it closely. When they reached felled pine forest, the hare disappeared. Fu looked for the hare, but he could not find it. Instead he found his arrow inserted into a black ball shaped mushroom. He pulled out his arrow from it and found that something white came out from hole of the black ball mushroom skin. He picked up whole mushroom and cooked for Ling to eat. Next day Ling felt better. Fu was so happy and picked up lots of this mushroom for Ling to eat. Gradually Ling’s rheumatism was getting better and she was completely recovered. Fu and Ling was the first to find this and they were name Fu Ling.

Another story about Fu Ling. Genghis Khan leaded his army to fight in the war in central plain in China. It was raining for a few months. Most of the soldiers suffered from rheumatism. They faced to be defeated and extremely worried. By accidents, a few soldiers had Fu Ling and their rheumatism was healed. Having heard this Genghis Khan was incredibly happy and get some people went to Luo Tian town where Fu Ling were produced to buy Fu Ling. All soldiers and officers ate Fu Ling and recovered from rheumatism. Therefore, they had won the battle.

Poria Mushrooms are produced in Yun Nan, An Hui, Hu Bei provinces etc. in China. They are light in flavour and neutral in nature. Daily dose is 10-15 g. They are attributed to heart, lung, spleen, spleen and kidney meridians. They have diuretic effects and remove dampness, nourish spleen and calm the mind.

Pharmacological study has demonstrated they have diuretic effect, anti-inflammatory effects and inhibit edema; they also regulate immune function through the regulation of immune molecules such as cytokines; they also have antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-hypertonic stress activities, relax smooth muscles.


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Yuan-Zhong Wang J Ethnopharmacol. 2013 May 20;147(2):265-76.

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Chinese medicine story: Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae, Liquorice Root)

This story was recorded in Ming dynasty <Gen Ji Bian>. In a morning a Royal Chinese medicine doctor for Imperial Family named Sheng Yin came into a Chinese medicine pharmacy where all the herbs were boiled and prepared. Suddenly he had headaches, dizziness and passed out unconsciously. Those royal Chinese medicine doctors didn’t know what to do. An ordinary Chinese medicine doctor heard about this and said he could help. He boiled concentrated Gan Cao and let Sheng Yin drink it. Soon after Sheng Yin woke up. All Royal Chinese medicine doctors were shocked. This ordinary Chinese medicine doctor told them that Sheng Yin didn’t have breakfast going into the pharmacy and his stomach Qi was weak and could not be resistant against all toxins from the herbal steams; he was poisoned by the herbal steams and that was why he passed out. Gan Cao could mediate all herbs and detox the herbs. Therefore, he woke up and felt better after treated with Gan Cao.

Another story told how Gan Cao got its name. In a remote village, a Chinese medicine doctor went for home visit, meanwhile many patients came to his place waiting to see him. His wife didn’t know when he would come back. She tasted the dry plant for cooking fire and it was sweet. She chopped the liquorice and gave them to those patients. A few days later those patients came back with gifts for the Chinese medicine doctor and told him they felt better after taking his herbs. His wife told him what happened when he was out to see patients. He asked what symptoms those patients had. They told him that some of them had weak stomach, some of them had coughing with phlegm and some of them had sore throat. After taking the herb, all their symptoms had gone. Since then this Chinese medicine doctor used this herb to treat those symptoms. This herb was called Gan Cao which means sweet plant.

Gan Cao are the dried root of liquorice. They are sweet in flavour and neutral in nature. Daily dose is 2-10 g. They are attributed to twelve meridians. They nourish spleen and Lung, reduce coughing, detoxify and reconcile all herbs.

Pharmacological studies have confirmed that Gan Cao exhibit a broad range of biological activities.

1, The antimicrobial activity includes antibacterial activity against various strains, antiviral and antifungal activities.

2, Anti inflammatory effects. Gan Cao has also been used to treat allergies and other inflammatory diseases. It was reported steroid-like anti-inflammatory activity of constituents derived from licorice root, similar to the action of hydrocortisone.

3, Antioxidant effect and anti-aging effects.

4, activities to protect the brain and liver, Anti-ulcer and antitumor effects etc.

Nazim A. Mamedov and Dilfuza Egamberdieva Plant and Human Health, Volume 3. 2019 Feb 12 : 1–21.

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Is Coronavirus second wave inevitable?

Coronavirus second wave

Coronavirus is far from over. Some countries bring the infections down, but others are still dealing with large epidemics.

Those currently controlling the virus fear the second wave.

The infection cases are like waves on the sea. The number of infections goes up and then comes back down – this is one cycle which is one "wave" of coronavirus. For one wave to end, the virus would have been brought under control and cases fallen substantially. For a second wave to start a sustained rise in infections would be seen.

The second phase of Spanish flu a century ago was deadlier than the first. The question is a second wave of coronavirus inevitable like Spanish flu? And how bad could it be?

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Acupuncture helps reliving chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy

Neuropathic pain related to chemotherapy (chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy [CIPN]) is a common problem in cancer treatment. The symptoms of CIPN include tingling, burning or pricking sensation that is usually felt in the hands, arms, legs, or feet, but can also occur in other parts of the body. ), sensitive to noxious stimulation, pain and decreased physical activity. Some patients also experience motor symptoms, such as dropping items, splaying fingers, and inability to complete normal daily activities.

Acupuncture, which has drawn researchers’ attention in recent years, is widely accepted for its noninvasiveness and safety has been widely used in diabetes-related neuropathy and carpal tunnel syndrome as well as CIPN.

A recent study analysed the effects of acupuncture from 6 high quality randomized control trials with 386 cancer patients. They found that acupuncture led to significant improvements in pain score, acupuncture can effectively relieve CIPN pain and functional limitation.

Tsai-Ju Chien, et al Integr Cancer Ther. 2019; 18: 1534735419886662.

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Recent research has shown that acupuncture is effective for eczema

Atopic eczema (AE) is the most common form of eczema which is a common inflammatory skin condition with characteristic of itchiness and recurrence. Acupuncture has been widely used for the treatment of many chronic diseases.

A recent study analysed a total of 434 participants in the eight RCTs. All participants were diagnosed with atopic eczema. The age of the participants ranged from 18 to 70 years and the course of AE ranged from 6 months to 35 years.

The results of one included RCT showed that acupuncture was better than no treatment at reducing itch intensity measured using a visual analogue scale in patients with AE. The combined results of six RCTs showed that acupuncture was better than conventional medicine at reducing the eczema area and severity index (EASI) and the combined results of seven RCTs showed that acupuncture was better than conventional medicine in terms of global symptom improvement in AE.

The conclusion was that acupuncture might be effective at reducing itch intensity and may be more effective than conventional medicine at reducing EASI and improving the global symptoms of AE.

Ruimin Jiao,et al Acupunct Med. 2020 Feb; 38(1): 3–14.

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 ...