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Acupuncture specialist for Fertility, Facial rejuvenation, Pain relief.
Based at Kensington and Harley Street 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

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.
This blog is to introduce latest development and research of acupuncture and offer a chance of awareness of more treatment options for your condition. The blog is for information purpose only.

About Me

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My specialised areas include fertility, facial rejuvenation, acne, various pain conditions, chronic fatigue, menopause and hormone regulation with acupuncture treatment.

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 ALO clinic at 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 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 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. I am dedicated to treat patients with acupuncture and am recognized 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 treatment approaches for infertility, skin aging, acne, vulvodynia, neck pain, headache, migraine, shoulder pain, back pain, fatigue, hot flushes, Parkison's disease etc to achieve best treatment results. My devotion and skills are highly praised by my patients. 


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Acupuncture is effective to treat endometriosis

Endometriosis is a chonic inflammatory, gynaecological condition that can result in long-lasting visceral pelvic pain and infertility. Also women with more advanced degrees of endometriosis showed higher CA-125 levels in both serum and peritoneal fluid. Much research has shown that acupuncture could be an effective treatment for endometriosis and may relieve pain. Recently a review has analyzed the effect of acupuncture on endometriosis. 10 studies involving 589 patients were included in the review. The main outcomes assessed were variation in pain level, variation in peripheral blood CA-125 level, and clinical effective rate. The result has shown that acupuncture has significant effect on pain reduction, lowing blood CA-125 and increased clinical effective rate compared to the control. Current research has suggested that acupuncture could be an effective way to treat endometriosis and help release the pain and decrease the blood CA-125 level.

Acupuncture releases pain by increasing pain thresholds in human subjects, and it would appear to activate analgesic brain mechanisms through the release of neurohumoral factors, including adenosine, γ-aminobutyric acid, opioid peptide, acetylcholine, nitric oxide, noradrenaline, dopamine) and others. Acupuncture also enhances the ability of the immune system to more actively eliminate malignant cells by increasing the ability of NK cells to kill cancer cells.

References
Xu Y et al Plos One 2017 Oct 27;12(10):e0186616.

Acupuncture reduces jaw joint pain and improves jaw joint movement

Temporomandibular disorder can cause pain in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. This is a common condition of chronic jaw joint pain. The aim of the treatment is to reduce pain and increase the motion of the joint. Butts R et al reviewed the non surgical treatments for this condition. Based on the research evidence they suggested that acupuncture can help to release the pain and improve the joint movement. For example a study by Gonzalez-perez et al investigated the effect of needling on temporomandibular disorder. 48 patients were divided into two groups needling group and medication group. Dry needling acupuncture was applied once a week for three weeks and assessment was carried out before and after treatment. They found that needling group has better pain reduction than medication group. Pain reduction, maximum mouth opening, laterality and protrusion movements compared with pre-treatment values had significant improvement. There was no side effect found in the needling group.



References
Butts R et al J Bodyw Mov Ther (2017) 21:541-548
Gonzalez-Perez LM et al Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal (2015) 20: e326-33

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Acupuncture helps restless legs syndrome

Restless legs syndrome is a condition of nervous system which cause irresistible urge to move the legs and also it could accompany with crawling sensation in the legs, feet and thighs. These symptoms are worse in the night. Recently a study has investigated the effect of acupuncture on restless leg syndrome. There were 46 patients with restless legs syndrome participated the study. These patients were either received 10 sessin of acupuncture plus gabapentin or gabapentin alone over 4 weeks. The symptoms of patients were assessed at baseline (before treatment), just after the therapeutic course and 8 weeks later. The criteria used for the assessment included the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), the International Restless Legs Syndrome Rating Scale (IRLSRS), and the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI). The result has shown that VAS, IRLSRS, and PSQI improved greater in acupuncture group. After therapeutic course termination and in 8 weeks follow up, VAS and IRLSRS had a significant improvement in both groups, but PSQI improved significantly just in the acupuncture group. Based on the findings of the present study, acupuncture was suggested to improve restless legs syndrome.

References
Raissi GR et al J Acupunct Meridian Stud (2017) 10:346-350

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

The mechanism of acupuncture

Research has shown that there were more of nerve fibers/trunks, blood vessels, hair follicles, and sweat glands as well as density of the gap junction in the acupuncture points. Recent research has shown that nitric oxide (NO) level is elevated in the acupoints and is associated with an enhanced expression of NO synthase endowed with transient receptor potential vanilloid type-1. This suggests that acupuncture induces NO-mediated vasodilatation, which increases local blood flow and allows for a flush of algesic or sensitizing substances, leading to pain relief.

References
Ma SX Chin JIntegr Med (2017) 23:812-815

Osteoarthritis and acupuncture

There are growing acupuncture use amongst people with osteoarthritis. Recent research from Australia has studied acupuncture use in people with osteoarthritis. In this study 403 Australia women aged 45 or over with osteoarthritis participated. Analysis revealed that 7.7% of women reported using acupuncture in the previous 12 months for their osteoarthritis. Acupuncture use is positively associated with women experiencing longer duration of time since initial diagnosis of osteoarthritis.

References
Yang L et al Int J Clin Pract (2017) Nov 3. doi: 10.1111/ijcp.13040. [Epub ahead of print]

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Menopause and bone density

Why women have menopause?

Women are born with fixed number of eggs in ovaries. The follicles containing eggs grow and a batch of them grows bigger and one of them mature and the egg is released (ovulated). The follicles also produce sex hormones i.e. oestrogen and progesterone. When the follicles are running out and there are no longer eggs released every month, menopause happens. The ovary does not produce as much oestrogen and progesterone anymore. Declined hormones can cause s series of symptoms and some of them can be disrupting. The menopause starts when a woman stops having periods. This starts from 45-55 year old and is a natural part of aging. Most women will experience some symptoms around the menopause, generally a few months or years before periods stop, known as the perimenopause. The duration and severity of these symptoms varies from woman to woman and they can persist for years. The first sign of the menopause is usually a change in the normal pattern of the periods. Women may start having either unusually light or heavy periods with reduced or increased frequency. Eventually the periods will stop. Other symptoms include hot flushes, night sweats, difficulty sleeping, reduced libido, poor memory and concentration, vaginal dryness and pain, itching, or discomfort during sex, headaches mood changes, anxiety, palpitation, joint stiffness, aches and pains, reduced muscle mass osteoporosis etc. Around 10% women experience the menopause before 40 years of age. This is known as premature menopause or premature ovarian insufficiency. Acupuncture can help reduce the symptoms of menopause and help women with this life change period.

Menopause and insomnia

Menopause is when women no longer have their periods because the ovaries don’t produce oestrogen and progesterone. It is the mark of the end of the reproductive years. This is a normal part of aging process. However many women have experienced many symptoms: such as up to 85% women experience hot flashes; about 60% of menopausal women have sleep problems (insomnia) due to hot flushes and night sweats. Symptoms of insomnia can include difficulty falling asleep; waking up frequently during the night, with difficulty returning to sleep; waking up too early in the morning; feeling tired when waking up and during the day.

Acupuncture can help reduce hot flushes and help sleep.

Oestrogen and skin aging and acupuncture helps to repair

Women in menopause have a rapid decline in oestrogen in the body. Low level of oestrogen accelerates biological aging across the body. This is particularly noticeable in the skin which loses its structure ie the skin becomes thinner, dry, wrinkling and becomes easy to damage. Low level of oestrogen also damages many wound-healing processes, such as inflammation and regranulation which makes wound healing delayed. Acupuncture restores skin thickness by increasing collagen synthesis while limiting excessive collagen degradation. Acupuncture enhances the morphology and synthesis of elastic fibers, collagen. Acupuncture improves water content and reduces dryness of the skin. Acupuncture regulates inflammation and granulation and accelerates wound healing process.

Menopause and inflammation

There are some other changes in the body in women with menopause. Immune system is one of them. Study has shown that after menopause, there is an increase in pro-inflammatory serum markers (IL1, IL6, TNF-alpha), an increase in response of the immune blood cells to these cytokines, a decrease in CD4 T and B lymphocytes and a decrease in the cytotoxic activity of NK cells. Studies suggested that in postmenopausal women, changes of the immune system have been attributed to estrogen deprivation.

Menopause and β endorphins

Β-endophins are neuropeptides which is involved in pain management. Research has found that blood Β-endophins level is significantly decreased in postmenopausal women compared to fertile women. In women after the oophorectomized surgery, Β-endophin levels were decreased by 41% 5 days after the surgery. Also the blood level remains low 6 months after ovariectomy. After hot flushes β-endophins were significantly increased. Β endorphins were found in peritoneal fluid and ovarian follicular fluid in fertile women, but not found in postmenopausal women. These findings suggested that drop of β-endophin levels could contribute to the menopausal syndrome.

Menopause and bone density

Many researches have studied the bone mineral density among post menopausal women. Bone density is declining in menopausal women. Bone loss started and accelerated in late perimenopause and continued through the ealy postmenopause. For example a study with 2000 participants has shown that there was a 1.8- 2.3% annual rate of bone loss in the lumbar spine and 1.0–1.4% in the hip. Another study reported decline of 2.5% in the lumbar spine and 1.7% in the femoral neck. There is also bone loss in various skeletal sites such as forearm etc. FSH level and oestrogen are associated with perimenopausal and menopausal bone loss.

Life style change can help prevent bone loss and consequent bone fracture. These include a well-balanced diet, regular exercise, smoking cessation, avoidance of excessive alcohol consumption and intake of calcium and vitamin D. Acupuncture can help with osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

References

Wilkinson HN &Hardman MJ Maturitas (2017) 103:60-64. doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.

Gameiro CM et al (2010) Maturitas 67:316-320

Aleem FA Maturitas (1985) 7:329-34.

Petraglia F, Fertil Steril. (1985) 44(5):615-21.

Lo JC et al Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am (2011) 38:503-17

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Rib pain and muscle cramps around the rib cage

Rib cage known as thoracic cage is formed by vertebral column, ribs and sternum. It encloses the heart, big blood vessels and lungs and protects them from damage. There are 24 ribs in human. Rib cage is attached by muscles of the neck, thorax, abdomen and back and covered by the fascia and the skin.

Rib cage pain can happen. The pain can be sharp, dull or achy. It can be caused by heart and lung conditions, fracture of ribs and other bone conditions. If you have rib cage pain, you need to see doctor to find out the underlying causes. Rib cage fascia inflammation and muscle spasm are a common cause of rib cage pain.

Muscles attached rib cage

Intercostal muscles are the muscles between ribs. They move rib cage and play an important role in breathing. Other muscle attached the ribs include that the serratus anterior muscle is a broad, curved muscle located on the side of the chest; the pectoralis minor muscle is the smaller of the two sets of muscles that connect the bones of the chest to the shoulder and upper arm; the external abdominal obliques have their origins along the lateral ribs 5 through 12 and internal abdominal obliques.

The sternum or the breastbone, is a long, narrow flat bone at the front of the rib cage. The muscles attached the sternum include the sternocleidomastoid, pectoralis major, sternohyoid, and sternothyroid muscles. The xiphoid process is the lower end of the sternum provides an important attachment point for the tendons of the diaphragm, rectus abdominis, and transverse abdominis muscles.

Acupuncture can help rib cage pain and rib cage muscle spasm.