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Acupuncture specialist for Pain relief, facial rejuvenation, 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 chronic pain relief for various pain conditions, vulvodynia, facial rejuvenation, acne, fertility, chronic fatigue, neurological conditions, digestive problems

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
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 treatment approaches for Pain relief,  vulvodynia, bladder pain, neck pain, headache, migraine, shoulder pain, back pain, fatigue, acne, facial rejuvenation, 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. 

My eBooks

Facial aging, Facial acupuncture for anti-aging
Know the ovary and acupuncture to get pregnant
Know fertility and acupuncture to get pregnant
Vulvodynia, is vulval pain in your mind
Energy fatigue and acupuncture
Headaches, Neck pain and shoulder pain

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Menopause, perimenopausal syndrome and acupuncture

Menopause is women’s period stopped permanently. At this time ovaries stopped working. Perimenopause means the time around the start of menopause. As ovaries stopped working, the hormone produced by ovaries (estrogen and progesterone) reduced. In many women this could cause many symptoms; hot flash is a well known symptom. Other symptoms include mood change, fatigue, insomnia and memory problem etc. Recently research showed that acupuncture is very effective in treating perimenopausal syndrome.

Shang YJ et al reported effectiveness of acupuncture on perimenopausal syndrome. They compared effect different acupuncture points. 80 patients were allocated into two groups: The acupuncture points for the first group were KI3, LR3, SP3, SP6, BL23, BL18, BL20 and CV4. The acupuncture points for the second groups were GV20, CV4, BL23, KI3 and SP6. The Kepperman score (score to measure menopausal syndrome), blood estradiol (E2), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) were measured and compared before and after acupuncture treatment for both groups. Total effect rate was 92.5% for the first group and 80% for the second group. Mean Kupperman score after treatment was 24.85 for the first group which was significantly lower than that (35.38) for the second group. E2, FSH and LH levels after treatment were significantly improved for both groups, but first group had better improvement. From their study, we can see acupuncture is effective in treating perimenopausal syndrome. Effects are different between different acupuncture points chosen.

Xia XH et al studied the effect of electroacupuncture at acupoint SP6 on perimenopausal syndrome. 81 patients were in acupuncture group and 76 patients were in medication group. Electroacupuncture at SP6 were applied three times a week for 3 months. The effect was assessed by symptom score, E2, FSH and LH values. After treatment, symptoms reduced significantly; FSH and LH level decreased significantly; E2 level increased compared with before treatment. The effect of acupuncture was similar to the medication.

Qin ZY et al studied the effect of acupuncture point SP6 on perimenopausal syndrome and compared the effect with that of nilestriol together with medrysone. There were 81 patients in acupuncture group and 76 patients in medication group. Acupuncture group received electroacupuncture at SP6 bilaterally for 30 min, three times a week for 3 months. Medication group received nilestriol treatment for 3 months and medrysone on the third month. E2, FSH and LH were measured before and after treatments. After treatments, FSH and LH decreased and E2 increased significantly for both group. And acupuncture had better effect than nilestriol and medrysone.

Jin H et al also observed the effect of acupuncture at acupuncture five-zangshu points on perimenopausal syndrome. Their cases include 20 patients in each group. Effect rate for acupuncture group was 90%.

From the results of these researches, we can see the effectiveness of acupuncture on perimenopausal syndrome. The effect rate depended on the acupuncture points.

Shang YJ et al Zhongguo Zhen Jiu (2009) 29: 444-8
Xia XH et al Zhen Ci Yan Jiu (2008) 33:262-6
Qin ZY et al Zhongguo Zhen Jiu (2007) 32: 255-9
Jin H et al Zhongguo Zhen Jiu (2007) 27: 572-4

Friday, 28 September 2012

Effect of acupuncture on premenstrual syndrome

Premenstrual syndrome is believed to affect many women. Suffer from PMS, acupuncture can help

Premenstrual syndrome is a serial of symptoms occurred before woman’s monthly period. These include physical and emotional symptoms such as bloating, breast tenderness, insomnia, headache fatigue, mood swing, irritability, tension, stress and anxiety etc. 90% of women have experienced premenstrual symptoms (PMS). It occurs in the second half of the menstrual cycle and disappears when your periods arrive. PMS can range in severity from mild discomfort to severe form dysphoric disorder. It can cause significant disruption to your daily activities. Women in their 40s tend to be affected most severely. The symptoms of PMS include two aspects: emotional and physical symptoms such as anxiety, mood swings, tiredness, irritability, anger, aggression, depression, difficulty sleeping, headache, feeling bloated, increase in appetite or food cravings, water retention, pain in your joints, tender breasts, abdominal (tummy) pain, backache, spots, acne, tiredness, constipation, dizzness. If you think you have PMS, keep a diary of your symptoms for two or three menstrual cycles. The symptoms of PMS are non specific and the most important thing is the timing of the symptoms and its repetitive pattern which is related to your menstrual cycle. What causes PMS is not clear yet. One reason is that the body’s sensitivity to hormone levels which varies during the menstrual cycle and these hormones interact with brain mood controlling chemicals.

About a decade ago there was a survey about premenstrual syndrome in US. There was 1052 of women aged 21-64 involved. The result showed that 41% women said that they suffered from premenstrual syndrome and 42% of them took prescription or over counter medicine to release the symptoms. Fewer people used acupuncture. Recent years with research advance, acupuncture was proven to be effective to treat premenstrual syndrome.

Habek D et al Observed the effect of acupuncture in patient with premenstrual syndrome. They found 9 patients received two acupuncture treatments and their symptoms are disappeared completely; 8 patients received three acupuncture treatments and symptoms had gone completely; 1 patient had 4 acupuncture treatments and symptoms had gone. The total effect rate was 77.8% in acupuncture group while the effect rate was 5.9% in placebo group.

Kim SY et al analysed data available in the research to study the effect of acupuncture on premenstrual syndrome. Ten randomly controlled trials throughout of 2009 were included their study. These studies performed sham acupuncture control, medication and no treatment control. They found that 8 trials showed that effect of acupuncture was better than for the control. The improvement of symptoms in acupuncture was better than sham acupuncture. No side effects were observed. They concluded that acupuncture is a promising approach in treating premenstrual syndrome.

Anil A et al studied the effect of acupuncture on premenstrual syndrome. There were 11 participants (aged 23-40) with premenstrual syndrome diagnosed. Acupuncture points used were Ren2, Ren6, Ren12, LI4, LI11, P6, Liv3, SP6, ST36 and Du20. The treatment period was three menstrual cycles. The results showed that the symptoms such as muscle pain, period pain and breast tenderness in all patients were reduced or disappeared completely.

It is well accepted that pain sensation has changed in specific acupuncture points related to specific conditions. Chae Y et al analysed 46 participants to study acupuncture points sensation. These participants were divided into two groups: with premenstrual syndrome group, without premenstrual syndrome group (control group). Pressure pain threshold (PPT) was measured in acupuncture points in the leg and arm. The points chosen included three acupuncture points SP6, GB39, LR3 and one non acupuncture points in the leg and three acupuncture points P6, TE5 and LI4 and one non acupuncture point in the arm. And then the PPT was compared between the two groups. They found that PPT at SP6 for premenstrual syndrome group was significantly lower than for the control group and it was linked to the severity of the conditions. This finding provided a possible basis for the clinical diagnosis and acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture for premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome. Symptoms start before the period and end shortly after period begins. It presents a cyclic pattern every month. Mood changes including anxiety and depression were dominant. Carvalho F et al studied the effects of acupuncture on the symptoms of anxiety and depression caused by PMDD. They compared the effect of acupuncture and sham acupuncture on these symptoms. 15 patients were in each group. Acupuncture was performed twice a week for two menstrual cycles. There were 16 sessions of treatments. There were no differences in the symptom assessment between the two groups before the treatments. After 16 sessions of treatments the symptoms of anxiety and depression were reduced in both groups, but the improvement was significantly better in acupuncture group compared with sham acupuncture group. They suggested that acupuncture could be treatment option for patients with PMDD.

A survey in US has shown that 80% of women preferred non-pharmacological interventions, such as vitamins and supplements or alternative methods of treatments.

Acupuncture is one of the preferred treatment options for patients with PMS. Recently Jang analysed existing data for the effectiveness of acupuncture on PMS. They found that acupuncture treatment improved physical symptoms including headache, cramps, backache, cold sweats, hot flashes, breast pain, skin disorders, swelling of hands and feet, sensitivity to cold, abdominal pain and bulging as much as 50%.


Anil A et al Clin Exp Obstet Dynecol (2012) 39:209-13

Kim SY et al BJOG (2011) 118:899-915

Chae Y et al J Physiol Sci (2007) 57:115-9

Habek D et al Arch Gynecol Obstet (2002) 267:23-6

Singh BB et al Altern Ther Health Med (1998) 4:75-9

Carvalho F et al Acupunct Med (2013) Sep 12 doi 10.1136

Jang SH et al BMC Complement Altern Med (2014) 10:14:11

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Effect of acupuncture in treating diabetes

Awareness of diabetes

14 November 2012 is World Diabetes Day which raises global awareness of diabetes. This day is started by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and World Health Organization (WHO). It is celebrated on 14 November to remember the birthday of Frederick Banting who together with Charles Best was involved in the discovery of insulin in 1922, a life-saving treatment for diabetes patients. WHO estimated that more than 346 million people worldwide have diabetes.

What is diabetes? Diabetes is a long term condition caused by high blood sugar (glucose) level which will damage the body. High blood glucose is caused by insulin deficiency, resistance or both. Glucose which comes from the food we eat is absorbed into blood. Glucose is then carried to different body cells. Insulin which is secreted by the pancreas is needed for glucose to be transported from blood into body cells. If insulin production is decreased or insulin does not work well, it affects glucose transportation. As a result, glucose remains in the blood causing high blood glucose. High blood glucose causes many symptoms. There are three classic symptoms which are increasing urination frequency, drinking more water because of thirsty and eating more than usual.

There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 is developed in younger age and is insulin dependent. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas cannot produce any insulin which regulates blood sugar level. Type 2 is developed later in adult life. In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or the body’s cells do not react well to insulin. This is known as insulin resistance. The common symptoms of diabetes are feeling very thirsty, frequent urination particular at night, feeling very tired and weight loss. There is a survey suggesting that about 90% of parents are not aware of the symptoms of diabetes type 1 in children. Awareness of diabetes is very important to get the condition diagnosed and treated.

850,000 people are thought to have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. Three million people in the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes. Most of the cases are type 2 diabetes which the body does not produce enough insulin or the body does not respond well to insulin known as insulin resistance. Obesity is one of the risk factor of type 2 diabetes. Weight loss is important in controlling the development of diabetes. To get help in early stage of the condition could improve quality of life.

Effect of acupuncture in treating diabetes

Diabetes is initially managed by a healthy diet, weight reduction and exercise. If these failed to control blood sugar, oral glucose lowering drugs are needed. These drugs may get good effect at first, but after a while their effects would reduce. Also they have many side effects, such as, weight gain, weakness, fatigue, lactic acidosis etc. Insulin is expected to added, if oral agents fail to control blood sugar level.

Acupuncture, one of the oldest healing practices, is one of the most rapidly growing complementary therapies which is recognised by both the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Treating diabetes with acupuncture is a common approach in China. It has been used in the United States during the last tens of years. Recently research showed that acupuncture is effective in treating not only diabetes, but also in preventing and managing complications of the diabetes. Acupuncture helps reduce weight and improve quality of life in people with diabetes. The effects of acupuncture include improving insulin resistance, lipid metabolism and improving inflammation. Maintaining blood sugar level in normal range with essential health care methods could help people with diabetes control the progress of the condition without developing complications. Acupuncture combined with diet control and exercises could have beneficial short term and long term effects on preventing progressing of diabetes in early stage and preventing and treating complications in late stage.

The mechanism is not completely clear, but there are a few possible mechanisms for the effectiveness of acupuncture on diabetes: acupuncture can activate glucose-6-phosphate and affect hypothalamus; acupuncture can act on the pancreas to increase insulin synthesis; it can also increase the numbers of insulin receptors on target cells; in addition, it can accelerate the utilization of glucose. As a result, blood sugar decreases. Recent study showed that acupuncture reduces insulin resistance and improves obesity which may contribute to the effectiveness of acupuncture on diabetes. Meng H studied effect of electoracupuncture on impaired glucose tolerance. There were 60 patients were involved. The patients were divided into two groups: 30 cases in acupuncture group, 30 cases in control group. The acupuncture points applied included Shenshu (BL23), Pishu (BL20), Zusali (ST36) and Sanyinjiao (SP6). 6 sessions was carried out. There was no intervention in control group. Fasting blood-glucose (FBG) and 2 hour postprandial blood glucose (2h PBG) were measured before and after treatment and compared between the two groups. 2h PBG was significantly lower in acupuncture group compared with the control group. They concluded that acupuncture is a promising treatment for impaired glucose tolerance.

Meng H et al Zhongguo Zhen Jiu (2011) 31:971-3

Monday, 24 September 2012

Forbidden acupuncture points do not exist?

It was in acupuncture literature suggested that some acupuncture points have risks for pregnancy. Acupuncture has been widely used in many obstetric complaints such as nausea and vomiting, insomnia and low backpain etc. Also acupuncture was suggested to be beneficial for threatened miscarriage. Are there scientific bases for the suggestion of forbidden points? Recently some articles argue that these points do not exist. Cummings in Royal London Hospital, London, UK did research and examined the proposed risks. He did not find any possible physiological mechanism for supporting the exist of forbidden points. Da Silva AV et al did a research on these and they found that current available some publications though limited do not support that the forbidden points exist. Guerreiro da Silva AV et al did an animal research to investigate 4 acupuncture points LI4, SP6, BL27 and BL28 to see if these points cause harm for pregnancy. They found that these points did not cause embryonic loss after implantation or fetal death or abortion or resorption. They concluded that these acupuncture points has no harm to pregnancy.

Cummings M Acupunc Med (2011) 29:140-2
Da Silva AV et al Acupunc Med (2011) 29:135-6
Guerreiro da Silva AV et al Forsch Komplementmed 2011:10-4

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Case report: acupuncture increased sperm count

A 31 year old man was diagnosed azoospermia (no measurable level of sperm in his semen). His testis and vasa deferentia were normal. The tests showed that his sperm production was impaired which was difficult to cure. The couple failed one cycle of percutaneous sperm aspiration and intracytosplasmic sperm injection. He was referred for acupuncture treatment. He received a course of 20 session acupuncture treatment. After a course of acupuncture treatment, his sperm count was 10 millions/ml with 10% good motility and 60% normal shape of sperms. With continuing another course, his sperm count increased to 18 millions/ml with 30% good motility and 60% normal shape of sperms.

Bidouee F et al J Kidney Dis Transpl (2011) 22:1039

40 patients have low sperm count or abnormal sperm shapes. 28 of them received acupuncture treatment twice a week for 5 weeks while other 12 patients did not receive treatment as control. At the end of the treatment, sperm counts were significantly increased and sperm shapes were significantly improved in acupuncture group compared to control group.

Pei J et al Fertil Steril (2005) 84:141-7

3 weeks of acupuncture increased sperm quality

A study about effect of acupuncture on male infertility was published in 1984 in German. There were 28 males with infertility. They received 10 treatments for 3 weeks. Sperm count, concentration and motility were evaluated before and after acupuncture treatment. Result showed that in all cases sperm quality was improved.


Fischl F et al Geburtshilfe Frauenheilkd (1984) 44:510-2

Effects of acupuncture and moxa treatment on semen abnormalities

19 patients with semen abnormalities were aged 24-42. They were randomly divided into two groups: acupuncture group and control group. Acupuncture group received 10 weeks of acupuncture and moxa treatment while control group receive sham acupuncture. Semen analysis was performed before and after the treatment. At the end of the treatment, total sperm numbers and normal shaped sperms increased in acupuncture group compared to control group.

Gurfinkel E Asian J Androl (2003) 5:345-8

Acupuncture helps fertilisation of ICSI in male infertility

There was a case report that acupuncture improves sperm quality and the outcome of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). 22 male patients with infertility who failed ICSI participated the study. They received acupuncture treatment twice a week for 8 weeks followed by ICSI. At the end of the treatment, sperm motility and normality was improved. The fertilisation rates after acupuncture treatment were 66.2% significantly higher than that before the treatment (40.2%). Embryo quality was also improved. Acupuncture has a positive prospect for men with infertility undergoing ICSI treatment.

Zhang M et al J Huazhong Uni Sci Technology Med Sci (2002) 22:228-30

Case report: effect of acupuncture and herbs on male immune infertility.

A case report was published that acupuncture and herb treatment is effective for male immune infertility. 100 patients with infertility and positive AsAb were divided into two groups: acupuncture group and prednisone control group. Acupuncture group was treated with acupuncture and herb medicine was also given. The control group was treated with prednisone (a immune suppressive agent which is seldom used because of side effects). The result showed that AsAb decreased in both group with bigger effect in acupuncture group. This indicates that acupuncture is a promising treatment for male infertility caused by immune problem.


Fu B et al J Tradit Chin Med (2005) 25:186-189