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Acupuncture specialist for cosmetic acupuncture, vulvodynia, other pain relief, fertility,Fatigue, neurological condition.
Based at Harley Street and Kensington 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. Over 25 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 vulvodynia, cosmetic acupuncture, acne, chronic pain relief for various pain conditions, fertility, chronic fatigue, neurological conditions, digestive problems, etc.

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 25 years ago 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 Ji-sheng Han famous professor and neuroscientist in China and 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. Also I had training in fertility and had research experiences in uterine smooth muscles and blood vessels in China and the UK. I am dedicated to treat patients with acupuncture and am recognised 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 practising, I have developed unique effective treatment approaches for cosmetic acupuncture, acne, pain relief,  vulvodynia, bladder pain, neck pain, headache, migraine, shoulder pain, back pain, fatigue, fertility, hot flushes, nerve pain, chronic prostatitis, insomnia, Parkison's disease, MS, acid reflex, IBS etc to achieve best treatment results. 

My devotion and skills are highly praised by my patients. 

Friday, 3 August 2018

Acupuncture reduces chronic prostatitis pain

Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) is characterized by pelvic or perineal pain. Pain can be present in the perineum, testicles, tip of penis, pubic or bladder area, abdomen, constant burning pain in the penis. Pain may radiate to the back and rectum, making sitting uncomfortable. Pain may be present when urinate or after ejaculation. This condition is different from bacterial prostatitis or bacterial bladder infection. Antibiotics are not effective.

How to treat this condition remains challenging. Recent review has found the acupuncture reduces pain of non bacterial chronic prostatitis. In this study, non-pharmacological interventions for treating chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome was analysed. Data from 3290 men with CP/CPPS were collected and analysed. Acupuncture was found to reduce CP/CPPS pain effectively with few side effects. Life style changing, extracorporeal shockwave therapy and physical activities can help reduce the pain.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Acupuncture improves Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder. It is characterized by the selective loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta in the brain. Tremor is usually the first clinical sign of PD, and approximately 70% of PD patients have noticeable tremor at rest and/or during the maintenance of posture. Clinical studies have showed a positive benefit of acupuncture in treating PD tremor. But the mechanism underlying the effects of acupuncture on tremor associated with PD remains unknown.

Brain neuroimaging technologies are new techoniques to study the brain. Recent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies have demonstrated that the basal ganglia (i.e., the pallidum and putamen) are active at the onset of tremor and the cerebellar circuit displays activity that is correlated with the magnitude of the ongoing tremor. Both the basal ganglia and the cerebellum are connected to the motor cortex because the motor cortex is a component of both circuits, indicating the presence of pathology in the cerebello-thalamo-cortical (CTC) circuit in PD patients with tremor.

Animal studies have shown that acupuncture plays a potential neuroprotective and restorative role in neuron survival. Acupuncture effect was reported to be similar to the effects of certain neuroprotective agents with anti-oxidative stress, anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptosis effects that improve motor performance in PD patients. Acupuncture activated substantia nigra, basal ganglia, precentral gyrus and prefrontal cortex in PD. Acupuncture could improve the daily life activities and motor symptoms in PD patients with tremor without placebo effect. Acupuncture has specific and nonspecific effects on different brain regions involved in PD tremor, and the motor and cognitive management of movement. The underlying mechanism of the effects of acupuncture on PD tremor may be related to a modification of the CTC circuit, and the modulation of the cognitive functional regions together with CTC circuit contributes to enhancing movement and improving the daily life activities of PD patients.

References
Li Z Front Aging Neurosci. 2018 Jul 5;10:206. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2018.00206. eCollection 2018.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Overactive bladder is a condition in which the increased urination frequency with other symptoms are found. The symptoms include more frequent urination in the day and night; urine urgency which is sudden, strong need to urinate and leak urine. It could be painful, when one pass the urine. Acupuncture can help overactive bladder. This affects people’s quality of life. A recent review from journal Medicine (Baltimore) assessed the efficiency and safety of acupuncture for overactive bladder. 794 patients with 10 randomised controlled trials were included in the study. The result has shown that acupuncture could decrease urination frequency and improve quality of life.

References
Zhao Y et al Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Feb;97(8):e9838. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000009838.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Acupuncture helps reduce pain from slipped disk---research update

The inner portion of the disk can protrude through the outer ring due to injury or weakness. This is known as slipped disk, herniated, or prolapsed disk. Lumber disks are the common site to slip. This causes pain and discomfort at the low back. If the slipped disk compresses the nerves, pain and numbness may occur along the route of the nerve. Acupuncture can help release come symptoms of the slipped the disk, such as reduces pain and numbness. A recent review evaluate evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of slipped lumbar disk. 3503 participants were included in the study. Acupuncture has more pain reduction. The result has shown that acupuncture has better effect than other treatments including lumbar traction, ibuprofen, diclofenac sodium, meloxicam, mannitol plus dexamethasone and mecobalamin, fugui gutong capsule plus ibuprofen, mannitol plus dexamethasone, loxoprofen and huoxue zhitong decoction.

References
Tang S1 et al Acupunct Med. 2018 Apr;36(2):62-70. doi: 10.1136/acupmed-2016-011332. Epub 2018 Mar 1.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

How the face age? Slow down aging with facial acupuncture.

Everyone ages differently but there are certain general patterns. Visible signs of aging generally begin to manifest in thirties.

Understanding exactly how the face changes with age can help you determine what issues need to be addressed and which treatments will be most effective.

How the face ages

The aging process involves both intrinsic and extrinsic influences.

Intrinsic (cellular and genetic) aging begins in our twenties as the production of collagen decreases, eventually leading to a loss in skin elasticity. Cellular turnover also gradually slows, leading to duller-looking skin.

Extrinsic aging consists of environmental and lifestyle-related factors which can speed up the aging process. These include diet, alcohol consumption, smoking and sun exposure.

Everyone experiences these aspects of aging differently which lead to aging at different rates chronologically and physically.

Twenties are the most glorious year for the skin with glow of youth. Only towards the end of the twenties the skin may begin to look slightly duller than it used to. The early signs of sun damage, including wrinkles, enlarged pores and sun spots start emerging.

In thirties, skin dead cells become visible, the skin is duller; lines and brown spots begin to form and the skin starts loosing and losing volume.

In forties, aging signs become more noticeable: apart from further signs of dull and loose skin, lips are loose, face was dragged downwards, eye brows, eyes and mouth descend and jaw line slackens, face becomes empty due to loosing fat pad. Some age more than others because of variation in genetics, environmental exposure and lifestyle behaviors.

By adding additional ten years, facial changes accelerate more and more. The face loses its volume in the muscles and soft tissues. The skin is dull and loose because of loss of collagen and elastin. Women lose about one-third of their collagen in the first five years of menopause, causing the skin to become drier, looser and more vulnerable to inflammation, sun damage and stressors, such as pollution and underlying health issues. This is the time that the skin needs to be rescued, if it was neglected for years.

Beyond fifties, facial aging could be accelerated dramatically as time passes by.

There are steps to take to avoid these aging influences; such as drinking enough water and wearing sunscreen, of course having facial acupuncture.

Cosmetic acupuncture

Celebrities are always aware of what’s hot in the world of anti-aging treatments. They are up to facial acupuncture now. Facial acupuncture would be not only beneficial for celebrities, but also for everyone.

As an anti-aging treatment, the goal of facial acupuncture is to restore the balance of energy which flows throughout the body, while increasing the production of natural collagen in the skin.

For those who’ve tried this enjoyed the benefit that it gives the skin a youthful glow while reducing the appearance of stubborn facial wrinkles, even helps facelift. It also can help treat acne.

The best of all is that it’s 100 percent non-surgical and 100 percent natural.

What Is Cosmetic Acupuncture?

A modern evidence shows that acupuncture needles to boost collagen production. When an acupuncture needle is inserted into specific points on the face , the disruption in the skin tissue causes the body to respond by sending collagen-building cells to the area. It helps repair frown lines, crow’s feet and other wrinkles in the natural way.

If you’re looking for a way to boost your overall health and well-being while enjoying cosmetic benefits at the same time, facial acupuncture is an option for you.

The Benefits of Facial Acupuncture

Wrinkle Correction: Cosmetic acupuncture can help promote collagen synthesis by way of a chemical reaction in the cells, which helps to address fine lines and wrinkles.

Plumping Power: By relaxing facial muscles and increasing blood flow, it increases the transmission of nutrients and oxygen to the skin and creates a more filled-out appearance with increased collagen and elastin.

A Smooth and glowing skin texture: This is because the skin cells receive the proper level of oxygen and nutrients delivered through increased blood cells.

Scar Reduction — cosmetic aupuncture is effectively to reduce scars.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Acupuncture assists women with PCOS to ovulate

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition in which a woman’s ovaries don’t work well. The symptoms include irregular periods due to irregular ovulation; excess androgen causing excess facial and body hair; polycystic ovaries containing many fluid-filled follicles and enlarged. If these women want to get pregnant, they can have difficulty to conceive.

Recent research provided more evidence that acupuncture help women with PCOS to get pregnant. For instance, a study investigated the effects on ovulation and reproduction promotion with acupuncture and clomiphene in PCOS. In this study, 80 patients with PCOS were allocated into two groups: acupuncture plus clomiphene group and control group with clomiphene only. In the control group, since the 5th day of menstruation or medicine-withdrawal bleeding, clomiphene was prescribed for oral administration, continuously for 5 days. In the acupuncture plus medication group, the medication was the same as the medication group. In addition, the acupuncture was added three times a week. The treatments duration was three months. The result has shown that The ovulation rate in the acupuncture plus medication group was higher than that in the medication group; endometrial thickness and morphology in the acupuncture plus medication group were better than those in the medication group; the levels of estrogen and progesterone in the serum in the window period of implantation, the results in the acupuncture plus medication group were higher remarkably than those in the medication group. The pregnancy rate in the acupuncture plus medication group was higher than the medication group in tendency,


References
Yu L et al Zhongguo Zhen Jiu 2018 Mar 12;38(3):263-8. doi: 10.13703/j.0255-2930.2018.03.009.