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Acupuncture specialist for Fertility, Facial rejuvenation, Pain relief.
Based at Kensington Central London.Qualified as a medical doctor in Western medicine over 20 years ago 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 for women and men, facial rejuvenation, acne, various pain conditions, chronic fatigue and hormone regulation with acupuncture treatment.

Practice contact for appointments and address

Kensington: for appointments (Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays and Thursdays) at Anamaya center Kensington 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

My background: I became a qualified medical doctor in Western medicine 20 years ago in China and was well trained in Western medicine together with Chinese medicine in the best Medical University in Beijing, China. Also I was trained with Dr Zheren Xuan--famous orthopedics expert and founder of soft tissue 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 and hot flushes etc to achieve best treatment results. My devotion and skills are highly praised by my patients. 


Friday, 22 August 2014

Acupuncture can help with thigh pain

Thigh pain is a very common complaint. It presents constant aching, or throbbing pain sometimes cramping in the thighs or it could be on and off, but the pain does not go away. It could be one thigh or both thighs. This pain could radiate down to the knees, legs and feet or up to the hips. The pain can be felt when sitting and lying down. It could cause trouble walking long distance. Thigh pain comes up or becomes worse after running.

The pain on the outside of your hip, upper thigh, outer buttock or outside of knee is usually caused by problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues. The iliotibial band inflammation is one of the common causes of thigh pain. The iliotibial band is a band of fibrous tissue that runs down the outside of the thigh. It provides stability to the knee and hip and helps prevent dislocation of those joints. The band may tighten and rub across the hipbone or the outer part of the knee. Each time the knee is bent or the hip flexed, the band rubs against bone. This is particularly common in runners, cyclists, and people who participate in other aerobic activities. Also the inflammation stimulates muscle contracting and this contributing to the pain. Acupuncture is very effective to reduce the inflammation and relax the muscles to release the pain.

There are other common causes of hip pain caused by soft tissue injury in the hip and acupuncture is a very effective treatment.

Hip bursitis or Trochanteric bursitis, pain is on the outside of the hip that is worse during activity and tenderness is in the area on the outside of the hip when pressing in.

Hip synovitis symptoms include pain in the hip joint during activity, at rest and at night.

Piriformis syndrome causes buttock pain that radiates down the leg.

Snapping hip, a hip pain with a snapping noise is heard or felt on the outer hip. Pain is not always present but can be felt at the front of the hip or side of the hip.

Hip tendonitis is inflammation of any one of a number of tendons in the hip. Pain develops gradually over time with tenderness around the hip.

Iliopsoas bursitis symptoms include pain at the front of the hip that may radiate down to the knee or even into the buttocks. Iliopsoas inflammation is the muscle or tendon becoming inflamed. It causes pain in the groin.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Acupuncture can help with plantar fasciitis (heel pain)

Heel pain is very common. The pain is in intense when using the affected heel and placing weight on the heel. Heel pain usually comes up gradually and gets worse over time. The pain is usually worse first thing in the morning, or when you first take a step after a period of inactivity. Walking usually improves the pain, but it often gets worse again after walking or standing for a long time. Some people may limp when they try to avoid placing weight on the affected heel. Most common condition causing heel pain is the plantar fasciitis I which the plantar fascia, a band of tissue under the sole of the foot becomes damaged and thickens. Sudden damage, or damage that occurs over many months or years, can cause tiny tears to develop inside the tissue of the plantar fascia. This can cause the plantar fascia to thicken, resulting in heel pain.

Plantar fasciitis is the most common injury of the plantar fascia and is the most common cause of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis can be painful. The pain of plantar fasciitis has unique characteristics -- pain upon rising, improvement after walking for several minutes, pain produced by pressure applied in a specific location on your foot but not with pressure in other areas. It is associated with long standing. The main symptom is sharp heel pain which is worsen by bearing weight on the heel after long periods of rest for example after getting out of bed or after prolonged periods of sitting. After continuing walk, the pain symptoms is improved. There may be other symptoms accompanied the pain such as numbnesss, tingling, swelling or radiating pain.

Acupuncture can be used to treat heel pain effectively. Some high quality studies report significant benefits of acupuncture. Acupuncture was associated with significant improvement in pain and function.

A study investigated effectiveness of acupuncture for patients with chronic plantar fasciitis. Acupuncture coupled with conventional treatments provided a success rate of 80% in chronic planar fasciitis which was more effective than conventional treatments alone (13%). The effects lasted for at least six weeks follow-up.

There are some other clinical evidences by recent research on this aspect. There is a study which investigated the efficacy of electro-acupuncture coupled with conventional treatments and compared it with the efficacy of conventional treatments alone in patients with chronic plantar fasciitis. Subjects in the control group received five weeks of conventional treatments, including stretching exercise, shoe modification and rescue analgesics. Subjects in the acupuncture group received the same treatments plus ten sessions of electro-acupuncture twice weekly. At the end of treatment, pain score decreased significantly in the acupuncture group compared with and control group. At the sixth week follow-up, subjects in the acupuncture group showed a better foot function index and success rate for pain during the day than those in the control group. Electro-acupuncture coupled with conventional treatments provided a success rate of 80% in chronic planar fasciitis which was more effective than conventional treatments alone. The effects lasted for at least six weeks. Another study also compared the effect of acupuncture with that of conventional treatment including treatment with ice, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, and a stretching and a strengthening program. They also found acupuncture had better effects than those conventional treatment and they suggested that acupuncture should be considered as a major therapeutic instrument for the decrease of heel pain, combined with traditional medical approaches.There was a study compared effect of miniscalpel-needle (MSN) ( a special type of acupuncture) with steroid injection for the treatment for plantar fasciitis. Their results showed that visual analog scale scores for morning pain, active pain, and overall heel pain all were decreased significantly in the MSN group from 1 to 12 months after treatment. In contrast, treatment with steroid injection showed a significant effect only at the 1-month follow-up but not at 6 or 12 months after treatment. Moreover, the MSN group achieved more rapid and sustained improvements than the steroid group throughout the duration of this study. No severe side effects were observed with MSN treatment. Their data suggest that the MSN release treatment is safe and has a significant benefit for plantar fasciitis compared to steroid injection.

Reference
Clark & Tighe Acupunct Med (2012) 30:298-306
Kumnerddee and Pattapong Am J Chin Med (2012) 40:1167-76
Kemnerddee W and Pattapong N Am J Chin Med (2012) 40:1167-76
Karagounis et al PFoot Ankle Spec (2011) 4:226-34
Li S et al Evid Based Complement Alternat Med (2014) 2014:164714

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Acupuncture in Peking University

Peking University was founded in 1898. Originally known as the Imperial University of Peking, it was the first national university covering comprehensive disciplines in China, and has been a leading institution of higher education in China since its establishment. It also served as the highest administration for education at the beginning of its founding.

In 2000 Beijing Medical University which becomes Peking University Health Science Center (PUHSC) was merged with Peking University.

PUHSC has built a unique campus culture that advocates diligence, rigor, objectivity and creativity. And the faculty and graduates of PUHSC are known for their devotion to the country and to the health profession. Its highest goal is to create an internationally recognized medical institute of excellence and to offer first-class medical education for the health of all human beings.

Acupuncture in PUHSC.

On March 27th 2014, the award ceremony of The Second Cheung On Tak International Award for Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Medicine was held in Hong Kong Baptist University. Professor Han Jisheng, member of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Peking University was presented with this honor.

As the winner of the award this year, Professor Han Jisheng attended the ceremony and delivered a speech on his research and experience in acupuncture. He has been devoted to this field for decades since 1965 and made great progress capturing worldwide attention. In his speech, Professor Han also reviewed the national policy on integrative Chinese and western medical study of acupuncture. Besides, he envisioned the application of acupuncture and put forward his advice to promote the therapy worldwide. He expressed his gratitude to the cooperative colleagues and students in Neurosciences Institute of Health Science Center, Peking University.

Since 1965 Professor Han Jisheng started his research on acupuncture mechamisms especially its analgesic effects. His devotion to explore the neurochemical basis of acupuncture analgesia has resulted in findings that have deservingly received worldwide recognition. Professor Han became the first to discover the spatio-temporal character of the analgesic effect triggered by acupuncture at a certain point by systemic observation in healthy human body. He put great efforts on putting forward pain research leading to recognition of acupuncture therapy as an applicable methods in many countries. In 1997, the US National Institute of Health (NIH) invited Professor Han to give a lecture on the Consensus Conference on Acupuncture sponsored by NIH. Based on his and others’ data presented, NIH Consensus Conference confirmed the effectiveness of acupuncture for pain treatment and acknowledged its great potential for future development. The Austrian Acupuncture Society also expressed their appreciation to Professor Han for his research and works that led the Austrian government to accept acupuncture as an official pain therapy.

References
Albert Cheung Hoi Yu Neurochem Res (2008) 33:1911–1914
http://english.pku.edu.cn/News_Events/News/Focus/11205.htm