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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. 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.

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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
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 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. These are examples that my patients say. 

Friday, 15 July 2016

Acne has great impact on quality of life, stress makes acne worse, acupuncture can help

Acne has great impact on quality of life

Acne is a very common disease in adolescents. Acne has great impact on quality of life. A study involved in 600 high school students investigated this aspect. There were 303 girls and 260 boys aged between 13 and 19. 83% of them was self reported acne. 40% was mild, 36% was moderate and 6.5% severe. This was correlated with dermatologist’s assessment. Acne was more prevalent and severe in boys than girls. There was a direct link between subjective, severety of acne and symptoms of anxiety, depression and lower self-esteem.

Stress makes acne worse

Psychological stress has also been identified amongst factors that worsen acne. Recently a study involved in 160 students was carried out to investigate the association between acne severity and stress levels as well as the mechanism for this. They demonstrated a statistically significant positive correlation between increased self-reported stress and increased severity of acne; there was no correlation between increased stress and sebum levels. They explained that increased acne severity may result not from increased sebum secretion and excretion but from changes in neuropeptide secretion and sebum lipid composition. Other studies have shown that stress may affect the production of inflammatory mediators and specific lipids involved in inflammation by the sebaceous glands rather than the quantity of sebum. Acupuncture reduces inflammation and is used to treat acne effectively. Have you tried acupuncture?

Acupuncture is effective and efficient to treat acne

Acne is a common chronic inflammatory disorder in hair follicles. Treatments can take months to have some effects. Acupuncture is used to treat acne efficiently. There was a study using acupuncture to treat acne. In this study the criteria of participant selection is that they (older than 13 year old) had more than 10 papules and less than 10 nodules on the face and had acne for more than 3 months (chronic stage). They did not use retinoids, antibodies or herbal medicine for acne before. They did not have chemical peeling, intense pulsed light or laser treatment within the past month. After 6 week treatments, there was a significant reduction in the inflammatory acne lesion counts.

They suggested that acupuncture treatment of moderate acne vulgaris was associated with reduction of inflammatory lesions and improvement of the quality of life. The significant effects can be obtained in 6 weeks.

Acupuncture has better effect for treating acne than oxycycline

A study has compared the efficacy differences between acupuncture and oxycycline tablets for the treatment of moderate to severe acne vulgaris. Sixty cases of moderate to severe acne vulgaris were involved in this study and they were divided into acupuncture group and medication group with oxycycline treatment). The treatment duration was 20 days. The fading time of skin damage, including papule, pustule, nodule and cyst in the two groups was recorded and clinical efficacy was compared. After the treatment, two-month follow-up was performed to observe the recurrence rate in the two groups. The results have shown that the curative rate was 69.0% (20/29) in the acupuncture group, which was significantly higher than 40.0% (12/30) in the medication group. The fading time of each type of skin damage in the acupuncture group was shorter than that in the medication group. Recurrence rate was similar between two groups.

Vitamin D deficiency is related to acne

Vitamin D is suggested to play a role in acne development in vitro study. Recently Vitamin D level is compared between acne patients and healthy control. It was found that the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency was significantly higher in patients with acne compared to healthy controls. There was a negative link between level of vitamin D deficiency and severity of acne. There was also a possible link between the extent of vitamin D deficiency and the degree of acne inflammation.

First, people might think that acne is caused by a poor diet. This is not true and no food was found to cause acne.

Second, there is an opinion that acne is caused by dirty skin and poor hygiene and it can be washed away. Acne occurs underneath the skin, not on the surface of the skin, so the dirty skin does not cause acne and acne cannot be washed away.

Third, squeezing the spots can get rid of acne. Spots cannot be get rid of by squeezing, on the contrary it can make spots worse causing infection and scarring.

Fourth, sun exposure can help with the symptoms of acne. There is no research evidence showing that sun exposure improves acne.

Fifth acne is infectious. This is not true. Acne cannot pass from person to person. It is not infection disorder.

What foods promote acne?

Foods that are related to promote acne are three classes 1) hyperglycemic carbohydrates, 2) milk and dairy products, 3) saturated fats including trans-fats and deficient ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Foods with a high glycemic index, such as sugar, white bread, and white rice, are rapidly absorbed, leading to higher serum glucose levels and corresponding elevated levels of insulin. Insulin and IGF-1 have been shown to increase sebum production, stimulate adrenal androgen synthesis, and increase androgen bioavailability, all of which play a role in the pathogenesis of acne. Here are some examples. A 10-week low glycemic load diet resulted in improvement of acne, with histopathological examination of skin samples revealing decreased inflammation and reduced size of sebaceous glands. A 12-week low glycemic load diet resulted in improvement of acne, with a corresponding improvement in insulin sensitivity, a reduction in testosterone bioavailability, and a decrease in adrenal androgens.

Researchers have demonstrated an association between dairy consumption and acne. Some studies have noted a stronger connection with skim milk versus other types of dairy. One suggested mechanism relates to hormones. As milk is meant to increase the growth of calves, it naturally contains growth hormones and anabolic steroids. Another suggested mechanism relates to the carbohydrate content of dairy products, with related effects on serum insulin and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). Finally, many dairy cows in the United States are treated with bovine growth hormone to increase their milk supply, and milk from these cows has been shown to contain higher levels of IGF-1.

Study has shown that increased intake of saturated fat aggravates acne whereas a higher intake of fish, a nutrient source enriched in ω3-fatty acids, exhibited an acne-protective effect.

Eating chocolate may make acne worse

Chocolate has become one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world. What happens, if you have acne? Does chocolate make the acne worse or better? A study has assessed the effect of chocolate on acne in males between the ages of 18 and 35 with a history of acne. This is a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized, controlled trial. They found that there was significant increase in the mean number of total acneiform lesions including comedones, papules, pustules, nodules. There was a link between the amount of chocolate each subject consumed and the number of lesions each subject developed. They suggested that the consumption of chocolate worsens acne.

Inflammation occurs during acne lesion formation

Acne affects about 80% of adolescents and it often continues to adulthood. Acne is most common on the face particularly on the cheek, forehead and chin. Apart from hormones imbalanced, inflammation plays a key role in acne lesion formation. Acne lesions develop in the oil gland follicles. Increased oil production and accumulation combined abnormal inner lining cells growth cause the formation of pimples. Bacteria colonize in the follicles and trigger immune response causing inflammation which contributes to the acne lesion formation. Inflammation occurs in the early stage of lesion development and is present throughout the whole process of development of acne lesions until the later stage.

Due to the critical role of inflammation during the acne lesion formation and its connection with bacteria in the follicles, anti inflammatory agents are applied to effectively treat acne and antimicrobials are also used to kill the bacteria to treat acne.

Acne patients used antibiotics too long

Acne is not a life threatening condition, however it affects patients quality of life so much. The spots take their happiness away. Women cannot go out without covering the spots up first. They often use over-the-counter creams, prescription gels, and finally: oral antibiotics. Antibiotics was used too long and increased the antibiotic resistance makes antibiotics loss their effects. A research study at a dermatology practice in an academic medical center has shown that the average duration of antibiotic use was 331.3 days. In all, 21 patients (15.3%) were prescribed antibiotics for 3 months or less, 88 patients (64.2%) for 6 months or more, and 46 patients (33.6%) for 1 year or longer. Patients treated only at the study site had a mean duration of antibiotic treatment of 283.1 days whereas patients who also received antibiotics from another institution had a mean duration of 380.2 days.

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