• Sticky Zak acupuncture for chronic lower back pain case | Acupuncture for Infertility London

    About back pain ,experts say that thanks to all those studies we know much more about what we don't know than about what we do know!

    min book coverLow back pain is on the rise and causes more global disability than any other condition, according to two studies from Australia.We were actually amazed when we typed ?causes of lower back pain? into the Google search box. Over 3,770,000 search results exist!The problem already costs the UK economy £12.3 billion a year, with more than four million working days lost each year as a result of people taking time off with bad backs. Despite spending more than 86 billion dollars a year on treatment for back pain in the United States, Americans continue to struggle with this problem. It has become a national epidemic. Twenty-five years ago, prominent medical doctors called for new ways to diagnose back pain and measure outcomes of treatment. Today, very little has changed. In fact, there is evidence to suggest that Americans with spine problems are worse than ever before.By just glancing at the articles that pop up on the first page yields an enormous amount of facts and figures.but,the treatments aren't always effective. Acupuncture is without question one of the most powerful pain-altering modalities in the world. Its reputation for pain relief is known and respected internationally. It may be practiced successfully with a variety of procedures other than needles, including lasers, electronic and noninvasive stimulation devices for those who are needle-phobic and would not consider acupuncture otherwise. This 58-year-old female patient presented in February 2008, with severe pain of her lower back, right buttock, leg, and foot.The patient's pain began in February 2007, when she slipped on a cleaning in her home,after that,she has been many different treatment including phsiotherapy,osteopathy,chiropracitc,etc,but nothing worked,She also received hydrocodone bitartrate/acetaminophen, which provided minor relief but caused nausea.She described the pain as "cramping, burning, radiating, and squeezing." She said the pain was constant, with an intense ache in her lower back. Pain radiated hot across her hip and buttock, down the posterolateral aspect of her leg to the sole and top of her foot.She was unable to work because of intolerable pain. On physical examination, it was noted that flexion, extension and lateral movements of the spine were all completely normal. However, on palpation of the L4,L5 facet joint there was extreme tenderness, on the right more than the left, examination also showed decreased ankle reflex on the right side. After presentation at my clinic the patient enrolled in zak acupuncture,after first time treatment,patient was with little result. She carried on treatment and received deep and intensive acupuncture in lower back area for approximately 2 months,almost 10 acupuncture sessions in which she had a lot of thick needles put over the tender facet joints,and some regional acupuncture points. On the eleventh session, it was difficult to elicit the previous area of tenderness and the patient felt that the pain had completely resolved. Most low back pain is triggered by some combination of overuse, muscle strain, and injury to the muscles, ligaments, and discs that support the spine. Many experts believe that over time muscle strain can lead to an overall imbalance in the spinal structure. This leads to a constant tension on the muscles, ligaments, bones, and discs, making the back more prone to injury or reinjury.(readmore)Acupuncture is best solution for back pain relief as it is best for decrease inflammation and built up circulation to injuried tissue.

    In contrast to most acupuncturist, I focus first on trying to find a effective option for my patients. Most of the patients I see have a problem that I can solve with a special acupuncture technique.I spend a significant amount of time practicing about new and exciting technologies that have made modern acupuncture technique,one of the fastest growing and most technologically advanced areas in all of Chinese medicine. Although I am sorry that you have to come see me because of your chronic and difficult back pain, take comfort in the fact that I have so much more to offer you to solve your pain successfully than any other time in history. --Zak, MB(1985) MATCM(UK) Please have a look around my website. I hope it helps you learn more about my practice and understand more about your spine.

  • Another shocking case: Popliteal pseudoaneurysm and arteriovenous fistula after acupuncture.

    According to J Mal Vasc. 2015 Jan 23

    Most popliteal arteriovenous fistula and pseudoaneurysm formation are related to trauma. Few cases have previously been reported after acupuncture therapy. Such events are typically observed when the procedure is performed by non-medical acupuncturist. They may present with acute ischemia, recent claudication, distal emboli, or less commonly rupture. Duplex ultrasound should be considered as the 1st method of investigation. Computed tomography scanning is particularly accurate in making the diagnosis. Treatment strategies consist of surgery or endovascular management. The most commonly performed surgical technique for popliteal pseudoaneurysm repair is resection with bypass grafting, whereas popliteal arteriovenous fistula are usually treated surgically with ligation and primary repair. Endovascular procedure using a stent-graft is thought to be a reasonable option for treating popliteal false aneurysm or even arteriovenous fistula. We will describe two cases of an arteriovenous fistula and pseudoaneurysm of the popliteal artery that developed after acupuncture needling in the region of the popliteal artery.
    Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

    Acupuncture isn't risk free. You have to see professional practitioners .

  • Experienced Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner required Part Time

    The John Tsagaris Clinic (located in the heart of Chelsea) is looking for an experienced TCM practitioner to work alongside the clinic’s director/principle practitioner, John Tsagaris. Terms and conditions to be discussed, the role would be on a part time basis.

    The successful candidate must have graduate level in TCM (including Tui Na, Cupping, Facial Acupuncture, experience treating skin disorders). The candidate must have countable experience and existing clientele, however we will offer in-house support to help the practitioner build their client list.

    The candidate must speak English fluently, be flexible and offer the highest level of service.

    Please email your CV with a covering letter directly to

  • Lincoln Acupuncture Course Re-Opening

    The Acupuncture course at Lincoln was established in2000 and is considered to be one of the leading providers of professional and academic training in acupuncture. The course was originally running at University of Lincoln for 12 years and moved to Lincoln College in 2012, with its BSc Honour degree retained at University of Lincoln, as part of the strategic cooperative development between the two institutions in the same city.

    Now the transfer is completed and the course is open to new applicants. The course retains its high profile of academic standard and broad range of training for the future career development. Moxibustion, cupping, Guasha, Chinese massage, electric acupuncture and ear acupuncture are included in the portfolio of the training, which give the graduates more flexibility and capacity to offer various effective treatments in their future practice. Management in health care is also a feature of the course, which is essential for both practitioner and management posts.

    The library at Lincoln College has inherited all collections in complementary medicine and acupuncture accumulated in the past years from University of Lincoln. And its electric subscription of academic journals could match any other provisions.

    The course is also featured with its brand-new state-of-art teaching clinic, which opens to general public with thousand patients registered in the past years. Students have chances to treat all common conditions in the clinic under supervision.

    Lincoln city is probably the best place for the development of an Acupuncture professional, with its idyllic rural feature and tranquil life for reading and learning. The living cost on Lincoln campus is competitive as well. By the way, Lincoln is among the safest place to live.

    For anybody interested in acupuncture, you are welcomed to Lincoln and have a taste session with our current students to help you find the one suit you. For more information please contact:

    Fanyi Meng and Huijun Shen
    Complementary Medicine Clinic
    Deans Building
    Lincoln College,
    Monks Road, Lincoln LN2 5HQ
    Tel: 01522876000 Ext 5238

  • Experienced Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioner required Full time

    The Zhai Clinic is looking for an experienced TCM practitioner to full fill the expansion of the UK’s leading and most reputable TCM practice in Harley Street, London.

    The successful candidate must have graduate level in TCM with countable experience. This is a challenging but enjoyable role and you will be working as part of a successful team who work with enthusiasm and versatility. You must speak English fluently, flexible, can work efficiently under pressure, is responsible and discreet with good customer care skill to provide all aspects of support to the practice.

    Salary: depending on experience. Please email your CV with a covering letter to Practice Manager Mrs Marlene Stanboulian at The Zhai Clinic, 130 Harley Street, London W1G 7JU. Email address:

  • Dangerous acupuncture needles; dangerous acupuncturist: Ocular injury

    According to case report from Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2014 Spring, A 42-year-old woman had the acupuncture needle penetrated the her inferior globe and created a subretinal track by one acupuncturist .
    This patient presented with blurred central vision and loss of peripheral vision. Her medical history was significant for hemifacial spasms related to a facial nerve injury, for which she had sought treatment.

    Her clinical examination showed vertically oriented subretinal track measuring 12 mm in length, contiguous to the macula, with normal optic nerve appearance and foveal reflexes.

    Her spectral domain optical coherence tomography showed a full-thickness perforation of the neurosensory retina at the inferior retinal arcade. Visual field testing 3 weeks after her injury showed 90% loss of her nasal hemifield. Electroretinography performed 8 weeks postinjury showed a 50% decrease in the right B-wave. Multifocal electroretinography showed a mild decrease in the recording of the right eye versus that of the left eye.

    This problem was made by her acupuncturist , the acupuncture needle created a long subretinal track .

    Terrible acupuncturist .

    Reference :Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2014 Spring;8(2):116-119.

  • National campaign to tackle male infertility is led by The Zhai Clinic

    A new national campaign has been launched, calling on the government, the medical community and the British public to end infertility stigma and improve support for men.

    Make Fertility Conceivable, is being headed by campaign champion Dr Xiao-Ping Zhai, the clinical director at The Zhai Clinic. It has made a rallying call to help the 3.5 million people across the country who face the daily pressures of infertility. It argues that for men, mainstream treatment options remain poor and that stigma means many do not discuss their challenges, despite the fact that male infertility is believed to contribute to couples struggling to conceive in half of cases.

    The campaign has called for immediate action to bring male infertility out into the open, end the taboo and to unlock effective treatments being developed in the UK.

    Dr Zhai has written directly to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, urging him to ensure better support and treatment choices are offered to men.

    The campaign is also asking members of the public to sign an e-petition, calling for a full scale parliamentary debate on the matter.

    In addition Facebook and Twitter channels have been launched to encourage dialogue and support.

    At the launch of the campaign, Dr Zhai said: “The UK is the envy of the world when it comes to healthcare innovation and has led pioneering work in fertility treatments, especially for women. We now need to do the same for men.

    “Many men feel helpless but we must remind them that fertility challenges are not unusual. We must also do everything to help them overcome fertility obstacles and this is where the UK can lead the world.”

    Please refer to our website to sign the petition:

  • Want to see Zak acupuncture for free? Yes, this Sunday only!

    On Sunday 7th September, St John's Hill will host it's 6th annual Festival, along the pavements of this much-loved South London shopping street. The Traders Association organise this event each year, to share a wonderful day of entertainment, LIVE music, food and good times with the community of St John's Hil and many more who visit the street on this special, Festival day.

    An excellent way of finding out more about Zak Acupuncture techniques and getting a feel for what we are about is to come along to one of our Open Days. (07/09/2014)

    These are open to anyone who is interested in Zak acupuncture , whether you are looking for treatment, hoping to find a professional TCM back and neck examination or just interested! Friendly chats with Dr Zak Han, there are also free treatments and consultations.

    There is need to make a appointment due to limited space, bring yourself, as well as any family or friends who you can drag along !

    Booking tel: 07967525168 or email:

    Clinic Address: 207 St John's Hill, London,SW11 1TH

    (By Appointment only)

  • Do you know acupuncture could help your children on school success? Turkish scientists can tell you.

    This is from PMID: 25185363

    To evaluate school success in pediatric patients undergoing acupuncture treatment for various indications, Turkish scientists have done research about this .

    In their research, the grades achieved during both school terms by children undergoing acupuncture treatment for various indications at the pediatric outpatient clinic of Ulus State Hospital were analyzed. Exam grades in mathematics, social studies, and Turkish was compared between the first and the second terms.

    Their forty children were included in the study, with 22 male and 18 female, and their average age was 11.1 years. These patients were undergoing acupuncture treatment for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), enuresis nocturna, migraine, obesity, atopic dermatitis, alopecia areata, and Tourette's syndrome. Treatments were done at the beginning of the second term. Four of the 25 patients with ADHD had borderline intelligence quotients. The report cards of all 40 patients were examined, and their grades in the first and the second school term were compared.

    Turkish researchers found there was a statistically significant increase in the grades obtained in mathematics, social studies, and Turkish by the students from the first to the second school term. When 4 ADHD patients with borderline deficiency in intelligence were excluded, and the grades among the 21 patients with ADHD were compared for both terms, there was also a statistically significant increase in mathematics, social studies, and Turkish grades.

    Their conclusion was that acupuncture contributed to the academic success of the children who underwent acupuncture treatment for their primary symptoms.

    Reference: J Tradit Chin Med. 2014 Aug;34(4):450-4.

  • Chinese found why electroacupuncture could help spinal cord injuries

    Spinal cord injury (SCI) can be caused by a variety of pathogenic factors. In China, acupuncture is widely used to treat SCI. Chinese researchers previously found that acupuncture can reduce apoptosis and promote repair after SCI. However, the antiapoptotic mechanisms by which acupuncture exerts its effects on SCI remain unclear.

    Chinese researchers have done research about this .

    Finally , they found that acupuncture promotes the repair of SCI, possibly by activation of the PI3K/Akt and ERK1/2 signalling pathways and by inhibition of the mitochondrial apoptotic pathway.

    Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to

    Reference: Acupunct Med. 2014 Sep 3. pii: acupmed-2014-010526. doi: 10.1136/acupmed-2014-010526.

  • For osteoarthritis,acupuncture is associated with significant reductions in pain intensity, improvement in functional mobility and quality of life

    According to research from BMC website

    Acupuncture for osteoarthritis ,some people have found acupuncture helpful for their osteoarthritis pain, and the NIH has found it useful as a treatment for low back pain and many other conditions including osteoarthritis. So, what is truth?

    Two reviewers independently identified randomized controlled trials (up to May 2014) from multiple electronic sources (including PubMed/Medline, EMBASE, and CENTRAL) and reference lists of relevant articles, extracted data and assessed risk of bias (Cochrane's Risk of Bias tool). Pooled data are expressed as mean differences (MD), with 95% confidence intervals (CI) (random-effects model).

    They found that the use of acupuncture is associated with significant reductions in pain intensity, improvement in functional mobility and quality of life. While the differences are not as great as shown by other reviews, current evidence supports the use of acupuncture as an alternative for traditional analgesics in patients with osteoarthritis.

    Reference :BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014, 14:312

  • Can acupuncture help treat muscle wasting that can occur as a result of kidney and other diseases?

    According to a study of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN).

    Muscle atrophy is when muscles waste away. The main reason for muscle wasting is a lack of physical activity. This can happen when a disease or injury makes it difficult or impossible for you to move an arm or leg.there are no simple and effective treatments.

    Can acupuncture help?

    Xiaonan Wang, MD, Li Hu, MD (Emory University), and their colleagues looked to see if electrical stimulation delivered through acupuncture might lessen muscle atrophy associated with CKD (Chronic kidney disease).

    The researchers found that the treatment improved muscle regeneration in mice by activating M2 macrophages, which are specialized immune cells that stimulate an anti-inflammatory response. Activation of M2 macrophages stimulates the insulin-like growth factor-1 signaling pathway, which promotes increased muscle protein synthesis and new muscle cell growth.

    The researchers noted that more work is needed to determine the optimal timing and intensity of LFES as a possible treatment for muscle atrophy.

    Of course. Almost every acupuncture research have same problem.

  • Can acupuncture help with sixth nerves palsy?

    Sixth cranial nerve palsy is weakness of the nerve that innervates the lateral rectus muscle. The lateral rectus muscle pulls the eye away from the nose and when the lateral rectus muscle is weak, the eye crosses inward toward the nose (esotropia). The esotropia is larger on distance fixation and on gaze to the same side as the affected lateral rectus muscle.

    Can acupuncture help?

    Do A report a patient whose abducens palsy resolved with four acupuncture treatments.

    The patient, a 58-year-old Vietnamese man with diabetes mellitus, presented to their institution's ophthalmology department with sudden onset of double vision. Ophthalmologic examination resulted in diagnosis of isolated left abducens palsy. The patient received a temporary prism for symptomatic relief. With no improvement after 2 months, he presented to our integrative medicine program inquiring about acupuncture. He received four acupuncture treatments over 11 weeks with complete resolution of his diplopia.

    This case is suggestive that acupuncture may be helpful treatment of patients with abducens palsy.

    Reference: Glob Adv Health Med. 2014 Jul;3(4):32-34 Authors: Do A, Wahner-Roedler DL, Bauer BA

  • Debate : Acupuncture isn't magical treatment, is it real science?

    We have been told that :the principles of acupuncture are firmly grounded in science, and you don't need Chinese philosophy either to make it work, or to practise it, says a leading medically trained acupuncturist. Dr Adrian White, who is editor in chief of the scientific journal Acupuncture in Medicine. But, the scientific literature is replete with the failure of acupuncture to help some diseases. Yet, the acupuncture business is booming and poorly studied research that make unsubstantiated acupuncture magical claims.

    Professor David Colquhoun said : “Acupuncture is an interesting case, because it seems to have achieved greater credibility than other forms of alternative medicine, despite its basis being just as bizarre as all the others. As a consequence, a lot more research has been done on acupuncture than on any other form of alternative medicine, and some of it has been of quite high quality. The outcome of all this research is that acupuncture has no effects that are big enough to be of noticeable benefit to patients, and it is, in all probablity, just a theatrical placebo."

    Patients and acupuncturist desperately want to believe in a magical solution to disease that reveals itself in the form of a naturally traditional treatment. There are those who take advantage of this need by presenting acupuncture based on no proper double-blinded randomized controlled prospective studies published in peer reviewed journals. There is bad science which does not look at hard outcomes , but aims to correct laboratory abnormalities which do not necessarily correlate with intuitive outcomes.So many "high quality acupuncture research came out.

    We need good science and good sense. There is no magic but proper nutrition, proper exercise and properly studied medicines which save lives, not those which cosmetically correct laboratory abnormalities. Steven Novella says: "Saying that a acupuncture treatment has “potentially significant benefits” is unjustified opinion, and is especially odd coming from a scientist who just published a completely negative study showing the treatment is ineffective. In fact there have been several thousand acupuncture studies over decades. After all of this clinical research, acupuncture has not been clearly demonstrated to be effective for any indication. In short, acupuncture does not work. It is too late to talk about acupuncture’s “potential,” as if we just need to study it more. It has been studied. It doesn’t work."

    What's your opinion about " scientific acupuncture"

  • Another shocking case report : Spinal epidural abscess formation following acupuncture.

    The formation of spinal epidural abscess following acupuncture is very rare. But, it does't mean you never have chance to learn the case.

    According to new published case study : A case of a 54-year-old woman who presented with progressive low back pain and fever with a root sign. She underwent surgical decompression, with an immediate improvement of the low back pain. A culture of the epidural abscess grew Serratia marcescens. Serratia marcescens are Gram-negative bacteria which fall under the tribe Klebsielleae and the large family Enterobacteriaceae. One year postoperatively, MRI revealed the almost complete eradication of the abscess.

    This case is the first case of Serratia marcescens-associated spinal epidural abscess formation secondary to acupuncture. The characteristics of spinal epidural abscess that develop after acupuncture and how to prevent such complications are also discussed.

    Reference:Intern Med. 2014;53(15):1665-8. Epub 2014 Aug 1.

  • Research Reveals Acupuncture May possibly Reduce Chronic Lymphedema following Breast Cancer Treatment

    A report from Memorial Sloan Kettering researchers indicates that acupuncture might help reduce lymphedema of the arm, a inflammation that typically comes after breast cancer therapy.

    The Report, conducted by Barrie R. Cassileth, head of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Integrative Medicine Service, along with Clifford A. Hudis, head of the Breast Cancer Medicine Program, had been revealed April 10 within the journal Cancer.

    “We have demonstrated that acupuncture being a remedy for lymphedema is safe to use and also well tolerated,” said Dr Cassileth. “In addition, this research shown reductions in lymphedema for that patient treated, offering solid impetus to the randomized managed test that is now under way to demonstrate how the impact is actually genuine.”

    The need for Brand new Remedies
    Several breast cancer sufferers require lymph nodes to be surgically taken out, sometimes because cancers spread to them or even because the lymph nodes have already been harmed through radiotherapy.

    Typically, lymph nodes help filter and take away water through the body. Once the lymph nodes are usually taken out, the water may gather in the affected arm or leg as well as cause very painful inflammation.

    Lymphedema is most often noticed in the arms of breast cancer sufferers who may have had lymph nodes taken out within their armpits, but could also appear in the hip and legs of sufferers whose pelvic area lymph nodes had been taken out. The problem leads to pain and also limits flexibility and can result in bacterial infections needing a hospital stay.

    Individuals impacted by lymphedema of the arm usually get frequent and extensive physical rehabilitation to reduce the level of lymphatic liquid. Additionally they might need to wear restrictive tights on their own arms to stop the liquid from recollecting. The actual treatment options will be time-consuming, high-priced, as well as unpleasant, plus they do not reduce arm circumference in an sustained way.

    “This is a problem by which currently there are no real treatment plans,” Dr Cassileth says. “There is really a demanding need to produce more-effective methods to deal with this issue.”

    Assessing Acupuncture
    In this early-stage research, Memorial Sloan Kettering research workers focused to evaluate the safety as well as possible effectiveness with this method as a remedy for lymphedema within the upper arm.

    Research members received acupuncture from Memorial Sloan Kettering two times every week for one month, by using a program put together by the Integrative Medication Service. For every treatment, acupuncturists placed 14 fine needles at sites around the impacted area and untouched legs, torso, and arms.

    The study assessed the participants’ upper-arm area both before and after the actual treatments. They found out that between the 33 sufferers who received acupuncture, 11 experienced a considerable decrease in swelling and the other 18 had more than a smaller reduction. When called a few weeks later regarding responses, individuals noted long lasting improvement in swelling reduction.

    Additionally, the research demonstrated that acupuncture brought on absolutely no serious unwanted side effects.

    Even though the research workers caution that it's hard to draw firm results from a modest review, they are really motivated from the final results. “I believe that it is totally worth checking out for sufferers that are experiencing this kind of tough condition,” Dr Cassileth says.

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  • Chinese research found that warm acupuncture help shoulder-hand syndrome of stroke patients.

    The shoulder‐hand syndrome generally develops as a reflex dystrophy with accompanying causalgia, characterized by pain in the shoulder. This is also associated with swelling and pain in the hand, on the involved side. Changes in the shoulder joint are identical with those seen in the frozen shoulder syndrome. It is thought by some to be a manifestation of reflex sympathetic dystrophy that may follow any painful shoulder lesion, but it has also been noted to arise as incidental sequelae of myocardial infarction, pleurisy, various kinds of painful intrathoracic lesions, cerebrovascular accidents, trauma, rupture of a cervical disc, or cervical arthritis.

    Can acupuncture help?

    Chinese researchers have done research about this . Their sixty stroke patients with shoulder-hand syndrome were equally randomized into control group and warm acupuncture group. Patients of the warm acupuncture group were treated by warm acupuncture stimulation of the affected TE 5 in combination with routine acupuncture stimulation of Jianyu (LI 15), Jianjing (GB 21), Quchi (LI 11), Wangu (SI 4), Yangchi (TE 4) and Hegu (LI 4), and rehabilitation training (passive and active upper-limb motion exercise for 30 min, once daily), and patients of the control group treated with routine acupuncture stimulation of the same acupoints mentioned above, and rehabilitation training. The treatment was conducted once daily, 5 times per week for two weeks.

    After the treatment, the results suggesting an improvement of the shoulder-hand syndrome after two weeks' treatment. The effect of warm acupuncture group was superior to that of the control group

    Chinese researchers have concluded that warm acupuncture combined with routine acupuncture and rehabilitation training is effective in improving shoulder pain, hand edema and limb motor function in stroke patients with shoulder-hand syndrome .

    Reference:Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 2014 Jun;39(3):228-31, 251 Authors: Meng FY, Wen J

  • How do you really know if your acupuncturist is good one?

    Are your acupuncturist fantastic ? Really?

    Patients have to realise how little information they really have about their acupuncturists' performance. It’s easy to be fooled by an acupuncturists' website. It’s very difficult to assess an acupuncturists' true skill or performance.

    Of course, there are some indicators of an acupuncturists. Training ,work experience ,reputation....However, few of us are searching for an acupuncturist who simply meets basic levels of competency. if we want to understand the quality of their outcomes, level of clinical expertise,general surveys don’t do the job.As you know, acupunctuist-patient relationship is important. But what most patients care about is whether their acupuncturists' clinical results are better or worse than others. How to know this?

    Always word of mouth?

    Actually. Just asking a friend about their experience isn’t very helpful in determining quality. Your friend maybe not medicine professional .Its hard for them to give you accurate idea.

    So, if a friend can’t provide objective, comparative information on the expertise of acupuncturist, what about asking your GPs for a recommendation? Asking a GP might work if all doctors really trust acupuncturist. But they don’t. Your GP never directly observes the work of acupuncturist.

    So, where can we turn?

    The reality of this myth is that there is no simple way to assess an acupuncturists' skill or clinical outcomes.

    My suggestion is about everything: Facebook ,Twitter, Pinterest ,friend ,google .....spend more time to find out.....

    Over the next few years, different type of information will become increasingly available. Wise patients will pay greater attention to the data to increase their odds of obtaining the best possible acupuncture care.

  • There are lots of misleading information about acupuncture on twitter,so what you can do?

    As you know, I do engage in twitter in a couple of ways, primarily through my blogs. And notwithstanding the fact that twitter has become a standard communication format for many folks, especially the younger generation, I still wonder how we are going to harness this revolution to improve what people know about acupuncture, what we can do with that information and how we can raise awareness about acupuncture-related issues.

    The reality is that there hasn’t been much impact of twitter on acupuncture. And twitter in acupuncture has downsides as well. The medium is used to “hype” stories that may not be based on fact or quality research.There are plenty misleading acupuncture information on twitter. Acupuncture clinics use twitter to increase awareness of their brands. There is no question that twitter is reworking the way we communicate and rewiring our brains in ways we never anticipated. So how does acupuncture — especially special treatment( infertility) — fit into this? I don't think so.

    Social media moves much faster than research: What is here today may be gone or less popular tomorrow. We certainly can’t ignore the reach of twitter. The world of twitter is full of possibilities when it comes to improving health and particularly when it comes to acupuncture. The deck is no longer stacked against getting accurate information out to the public, information that can change health and change lives. The question is whether we are smart enough, flexible enough and inventive enough to take advantage of twitter --this genuinely huge opportunity.

    The benefits in acupuncture twitter

    1.Practices can benefit from a social media presence and offer information beyond the appointment.acupuncturists can provide added value to patients by posting relevant content to its website and disseminating this via social media channels.

    2,Raise acupuncturist profiles:Increasingly people are going online to find out more about their acupuncturist's background.

    3,Influence online search: Acupuncturists involved in social media have an advantage in terms of web search engines. The practice will rank better on Google, which is important for patients who are looking for a local medical practice.

    4,Marketing for acupuncture ciinics: For acupuncture clinic that face competition, social media can form part of the marketing . Platforms such as Facebook, Google+, YouTube and Twitter can be used both to disseminate information and updates to patients and to help acupuncturists connect with the community.

    Risk of acupuncture twitter

    Acupuncturist must maintain appropriate boundaries of the patient-acupuncturist relationship in accordance with professional ethical guidelines just as they would in any other context. When acupuncturist see content posted by colleagues that appears unprofessional they have a responsibility to bring that content first to the attention of the individual, so that he or she can remove it and/or take other appropriate actions. If the behavior significantly violates professional norms and the individual does not take appropriate action to resolve the situation, the acupuncturist should report the matter to appropriate authorities ,take care!

  • Sag Harbor acupuncturist charged with sexual abuse

    According to newsday

    Southampton Town police have charged a Sag Harbor acupuncturist with sexually abusing a patient during an appointment, police said.

    Mikal P. Gohring, 64, was charged with aggravated sexual abuse in the second degree, a class C felony. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Sunday in Southampton Justice Court.

    Gohring, in an interview Wednesday evening, denied the charges. "The allegations are totally without merit," he said. "I did not do this."

    There many dirty acupuncturists around world.

    Take care!

  • Good or bad? Acupuncture performed before and after embryo transfer

    Most of the clinical trials that demonstrated a significantly increased chance of pregnancy administered 2 acupuncture treatments, one before and one after the embryo transfer. However one of the trials did only one treatment and still showed a positive effect on pregnancy rates. What's real picture for this more and more common used treatment for IVF patients?

    To compare the clinical pregnancy rates in women who underwent fresh embryo transfer (ET) with and without one acupuncture session before and after the transfer using a modified Paulus protocol,Craig LB et al have done research about this treatment. Their physician-blinded study randomized 113 women to either no intervention or acupuncture performed off-site.Secondary outcomes were positive pregnancy test and live birth rates. Intent-to-treat analysis and per protocol analysis were performed.

    To your surprise. There are no difference in age and in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET) parameters were detected. Compared to the control group, the treatment group had a LOWER pregnancy rate . More women in the control group had live births than did those in the acupuncture group. Generalized mixed models revealed that patients who received acupuncture had lower odds of clinical pregnancy than those who did not undergo acupuncture treatment.

    So, Their study found that acupuncture performed off-site on the day of ET was detrimental to the success of the transfer.

    Of course ,more research is needed.......

    What's your opinion about this research?
    Reference:J Reprod Med. 2014 May-Jun;59(5-6):313-20.

    Acupuncture helps in a similar fashion, reducing the effects of stress, improving blood circulation in the entire body, including into the uterus and improving the overall efficiency of individual cells.

    Acupuncture helps to balance the body, improving several symptoms at once and enhancing your overall health. By improving your overall state of health, the body is better able to conceive.

    Poor egg quality is a diagnosis that can be reversed with careful diet, increased supplements and acupuncture.

    One patient had undergone two previous in vitro fertilization (IVF). Both retrievals were successful with eight to 10 eggs retrieved. Six eggs were mature enough to be fertilized, however once fertilized, the eggs didn’t survive. Stella proceeded with a second IVF cycle and was able to have a transfer with a single embryo that survived, but did not result in a pregnancy.

    Frustrated and discouraged, She and her husband sought out acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for treatment. She received three months of acupuncture, once a week, along with bi-weekly massage therapy. She continued acupuncture during her next IVF cycle. Her retrieval after this period was similar, except this time five embryos survived and two healthy embryos were transferred at Day 5. The remaining three healthy embryos were frozen for future transfers and this time she had a healthy pregnancy with twins.

  • New or Old? New knee-warmer treatment could help combat the pain of arthritis. Acupuncture warming therapy has long history for this treatment.

    In this Chinese medicine, doctors have to find the traditional meridian acupuncture points before puncturing the needles into them. Moxibustion is also an important part of the acupuncture remedy. Treatment by acupuncture can be classified roughly into two types - direct moxibustion and indirect moxibustion. Warm-needling acupuncture is classified under the method of indirect moxibustion.
    Warm needle acupuncture (WNA) therapy combines the effects of acupuncture and heat produced by moxibustion. This therapy has been widely used in Chinese traditional medicine to treat huge number of patients in China and other countries .

    The interesting thing is a "new treatment "come out,according to Dailymail.

    They said : "A needle is inserted into the joint to deliver radiofrequency - radio waves that produce heat.Normally the inside of the knee is 35c; this tiny probe heats it to 42c for ten minutes. It's thought this helps interfere with the pain signals being sent from the knee. A hundred people who have had knee pain as a result of osteoarthritis for at least three months are taking part in a trial of the device at Cukurova University in Turkey. Their pain and mobility will be assessed one, four and 12 weeks afterwards."

    Well, what's new, what's old. Acupuncture help anyway.

  • About cosmetic acupuncture,what knowledge you should know?

    As the number of people undergoing cosmetic rises, the number of people who get no results also increases. With more and more people choosing to undergo cosmetic acupuncture , it is a must for people eyeing cosmetic acupuncture to know the right questions to ask their acupuncturist before fully undergoing any procedure.

    1. Are you registered acupuncturist? One of the most important things you must ask your acupuncturist is if he or she is registered ? Your acupuncturist should be board certified by BAc or ATCM, sometime MAC ......This is a proof that your acupuncturist has gone through years of rigorous training and passed multiple examinations.

    2. How many years have you done this procedure? It is important to know how many years your acupuncturist has done the cosmetic acupuncture you prefer before. The ideal number should be more than 3 years.

    3. What are the risks and complications of cosmetic acupuncture? You should consult your acupuncturist regarding the risks and complications your cosmetic acupuncture. Ask how often such risks occur and how to handle them if they ever come your way. However, no acupuncture is risk-free. The most common risks are blues ( bleeding) , etc in the face. Your acupuncturist will help you overcome these risks.

    4. As patient, you need to understand that facial acupuncture is based upon the precepts of TCM and that the appearance of the face reflects the overall balance and health of the entire body. Facial acupuncture derives its impact from the patient's immersion in an organic process of change. Professional acupuncturist has advised against facial acupuncture practitioners guaranteeing results, as this, too, will establish unrealistic expectations on the part of the client. Likewise, this could provoke accusations of malpractice. So, you have to realise that facial acupuncture results are depending upon many thing. Of course,acupuncturists should provide them with optimum results.

    Everything ready? Call your acupuncturist now.

  • Can acupuncture help with De Quervain's tenosynovitis?

    De Quervain tenosynovitis,also known as BlackBerry thumb, gamer's thumb, washerwoman's sprain, radial styloid tenosynovitis, is a tenosynovitis of the sheath or tunnel that surrounds two tendons that control movement of the thumb.There is no consensus on the management of De Quervain's tenosynovitis, but local corticosteroid injection is considered the mainstay of treatment.other conventional treatments include rest, immobilisation, oral anti-inflammatory drugs and even surgery, but none of these is established as clearly effective.

    Can acupuncture really help?Acupuncture is rarely mentioned and the points suggested are rather general—regional, tender and ah shi points. From a TCM point of view, all sorts of focused tenosynovitis pains such as this represent blockages or interruptions in the flow of energy, called 'qi' in Chinese medicine, and the use of acupuncture restores the natural flow and with it addresses the pain which the blockage causes.

    A new study was performed to compare the efficacy of acupuncture versus corticosteroid injection for the treatment of this disease. Their thirty patients were consequently treated in two groups. The acupuncture group received five acupuncture sessions of 30 minutes duration on classic points of LI-5, LU-7, and LU-9 and on ahshi points. The injection group received one methylprednisolone acetate injection in the first dorsal compartment of the wrist.

    Researchists' conclusion : Although the success rate was somewhat higher with corticosteroid injection, acupuncture can be considered as an alternative option for treatment of De Quervain's tenosynovitis.
    Reference:J Acupunct Meridian Stud. 2014 Jun;7(3):115-121 Hadianfard M1, Ashraf A2, Fakheri M3, Nasiri A 1.

  • Can Chinese massage (Tuina) help with essential hypertension?

    Essential hypertension is high blood pressure that does not have a known cause.Blood pressure is the force of blood against your artery walls as your heart pumps blood through your body. Hypertension occurs when the force of blood is too strong.

    Chinese massage, named Tuina, is commonly used in China and potentially effective for essential hypertension (EH). However, there is no critically appraised evidence such as systematic reviews or meta-analyses on the effectiveness and safety of Tuina for EH. For that reason, Chinese researchers have done research about this.

    Chinese researchers have concluded that the findings from their review suggest that Tuina might be a beneficial adjuvant for patients with EH, although the results are of limited value due to the clinical heterogeneity and low methodological quality of the included studies. Future studies should adhere to high-quality RCTs with long follow-up for demonstrating the effectiveness of Tuina for inpatients with EH.

    Reference:Complement Ther Med. 2014 Jun;22(3):541-548 Authors: Yang X, Zhao H, Wang J

  • Is treatment by moxibustion with acupuncture effective in correcting breech presentation in the third trimester of pregnancy?

    In many Western countries breech presentation is an indication for elective Cesarean section. In order to correct fetal presentation, the stimulation of the acupoint BL67 by moxibustion, acupuncture or both has been proposed. Does it really work? To assess the efficacy of moxibustion (heating of the acupuncture needle with an igniting charcoal moxa stick) with acupuncture for version of breech presentations after 33 4/7 weeks of gestation to reduce their rate at 37 weeks of gestation and at delivery,Franch scientists have done a research about this.

    There was a randomized placebo-controlled single-blind trial including 328 pregnant women recruited in a university hospital center between 33 4/7 and 35 4/7 weeks of gestation. Moxibustion with acupuncture or inactivated laser (placebo) treatment was applied to point BL 67 for six sessions. The principal endpoint was the percentage of fetuses in breech presentation at 37 2/7 weeks of gestation.

    Their conclusion is that treatment by moxibustion with acupuncture was not effective in correcting breech presentation in the third trimester of pregnancy.
    Reference :Obstet Gynecol. 2014 Jun 4.

  • Can scalp electro-acupuncture help limbs recovery following stroke?

    Acupuncture has been used in stroke rehabilitation in China for over 3000 years. However, its mechanisms are still under discussion. Most researchers used biochemical or anatomical tests to observe the animals or electrophysiological tests to observe human beings and tried to explain the mechanisms.However , there are still haven't good quality research to prove it. In recent years ,we are participating in a clinical trial that is whether scalp electro-acupuncture of the brain with Chinese Tuina massage can measurably improve limbs function following a stroke. We hope this approach could be new TCM treatment to promote recovery and function. Our clinic is testing scalp electro-acupuncture for stroke recovery. It uses electro-acupuncture to apply a mild electromagnetic current in acupoints on scalp to excite the brain. We believe scalp Electro-acupuncture works by slowing activity in the healthy area of the brain, which can become overly active following a stroke, causing detriment to the injured side. By reducing brain activity on the side of the brain that was not injured, the injured side may actually have a better chance of recovery. With Scalp electro-acupuncture ,acupuncturists are using electro-machine to slow activity in portions of the healthy brain hemisphere that control the uninjured limb similarly forcing the brain to use its injured half limb. Our goal is to improve a patient's range of motion, coordination, flexibility, strength, and use of the weak limbs. Specifically, acupuncturists are interested to see whether patients are better able to perform daily activities, such as dressing, grooming, cooking, doing laundry, writing, typing and leisure activities. Scalp acupuncture has been primarily used in patients with stroke. Although acupuncturists have been treating stroke for thousands of years, long before we knew about the cerebral cortex, scalp acupuncture as a recognized system is relatively new. It became popular in the 1970s when three acupuncturists each developed their own diagrams of scalp zones. In the 1980s, these theories were combined in an attempt to standardize scalp acupuncture as a complete system. However, many variations still exist, and scalp acupuncture treatments can differ greatly depending on which system the acupuncturist studied. Recent years, there has been increasing interest in its use scalp electro-acupuncture with other types of neurological disorders.

  • Again :Isolated partial, transient hypoglossal nerve injury following acupuncture.

    Acupuncture isn't risk free.

    We report a case of isolated unilateral hypoglossal nerve injury following ipsilateral acupuncture for migraines in a 53-year-old lady. The palsy was partial, with no associated dysarthria, and transient. Further examination and imaging was negative. Cranial nerve injuries secondary to acupuncture are not reported in the literature, but are a theoretical risk given the location of the cranial nerves in the neck. Anatomical knowledge is essential in those administering the treatment, and those reviewing patients with possible complications.

    Reference:J Surg Case Rep. 2014 May;2014(5) Authors: Harrison AM, Hilmi OJ

  • What is neural therapy ( German acupuncture)?

    Neural Therapy is also known as German acupuncture because it is a therapy largely developed in Germany and it utilizes many Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture points. However, instead of using acupuncture needles it employs therapeutic injections of the acupuncture points with homeopathic medicines, B vitamins, and local anesthetics like procaine. Both acupuncture and Neural Therapy can be used to support the function of the stomach, pancreas, small intestine, colon, liver, and gall bladder. However, Acupuncturist has found that Neural Therapy often works faster because it utilizes therapeutic injections into the acupuncture points. Restoring the health of these organs is of utmost importance for people with Celiac Disease and Grain sensitivity and Neural Therapy is the treatment Acupuncturist use most to achieve this.

  • Can acupuncture needles knife help with periarthritis of shoulder?

    One of the most frequent lesions of periasrticular soft tissues is the so called periarthritis of shoulder joint, or lesion of rotary shoulder muff. Biomechanics of shoulder joint motion is a complicated complex from the contraction of 26 muscles and the smooth motion in the shoulder joint itself as well as between the shoulder-blade and the thorax.

    Can acupuncture therapy help?

    In order to explore the clinical effect of combination therapy of small acupuncture needle knife and Daqinjiu Tang in treatment of periarthritis of shoulder, Chinese doctors have done research about this

    Their 118 patients with periarthritis of shoulder were divided into control group (59) and experimental group (59) evenly and randomly. Control group received treatment of small needle knife while experimental group received combination therapy of small needle knife and Daqinjiu Tang.

    Research is suggested that there is confirmed therapeutic effects of combination therapy of small needle knife and Daqingjiu Tang in treatment of periarthritis of shoulder, better than utilizing small needle knife therapy alone.

    Reference: Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. 2013 Dec;38(23):4164-7

  • Acupuncture ---WHO proved treatment

    WHO prove acupuncture help with:

    Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever) Biliary colic
    Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke) Dysentery, acute bacillary Dysmenorrhoea, primary
    Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm) Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders) Headache
    Hypertension, essential Hypotension, primary Induction of labor
    Knee pain Leukopenia Low back pain
    Malposition of fetus Morning sickness Nausea and vomiting
    Neck pain Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction) Periarthritis of shoulder
    Postoperative pain Renal colic Rheumatoid arthritis
    Sciatica Sprain Stroke
    Tennis elbow

    Additionally, acupuncture has also shown a therapeutic effect for treating the following diseases and conditions, which range from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and addictions to whooping cough, although further research is needed:

    Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm) Acne vulgaris Alcohol dependence and detoxification Bell’s palsy
    Bronchial asthma Cancer pain Cardiac neurosis Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
    Cholelithiasis Competition stress syndrome Craniocerebral injury, closed Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
    Earache Epidemic haemorrhagic fever Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease) Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
    Female infertility Facial spasm Female urethral syndrome Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
    Gastrokinetic disturbance Gouty arthritis Hepatitis B virus carrier status Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)
    Hyperlipaemia Hypo-ovarianism Insomnia Labor pain
    Lactation, deficiency Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic Ménière disease Neuralgia, post-herpetic
    Neurodermatitis Obesity Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence Osteoarthritis
    Pain due to endoscopic examination Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome) Postextubation in children
    Postoperative convalescence Premenstrual syndrome Prostatitis, chronic Pruritus
    Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome Raynaud syndrome, primary Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
    Retention of urine, traumatic Schizophrenia Sialism, drug-induced Sjögren syndrome
    Sore throat (including tonsillitis) Spine pain, acute Stiff neck Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
    Tietze syndrome Tobacco dependence Tourette syndrome Ulcerative colitis, chronic
    Urolithiasis Vascular dementia Whooping cough (pertussis)

    That's what acupuncture is!

  • Shocking case report:Rhabdomyolysis and acute kidney injury after acupuncture sessions

    Rhabdomyolysis is usually caused by muscle injury, drugs or alcohol and presents with muscle weakness and pain. It is characterized by rise in serum creatine kinase, aminotransferases and electrolytes as well as myoglobinuria. Myoglobinuria may cause acute kidney injury by direct proximal tubule cytotoxicity, renal vasoconstriction, intraluminal cast formation and distal tubule obstruction. Muscle pain and weakness as well as vascular injury have been reported after acupuncture. We report a case of severe rhabdomyolysis and acute kidney injury after acupuncture sessions.

    Reference: Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl. 2014 May-Jun;25(3):643-6.

  • End of herbal sell through period . End of Chinese herbal medicine today.

    The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is reminding herbal companies and retailers that, as of 1st May 2014, unlicensed manufactured herbal medicines without a traditional herbal registration (THR) or product licence (PL) can no longer be sold to consumers and must be removed from shelves.

    Companies should no longer supply unlicensed manufactured herbal medicine so. People also need to be aware that not all of the products they are using, fall under the MHRA’s licensing system. A herbal practitioner is allowed to make up an individual preparation following a consultation.

    And other products can legally be sold as foods, cosmetics or general consumer products.

    For those manufactured herbal medicines that were on the UK market before April 2011, when the traditional herbal registration scheme was implemented, the MHRA allowed retailers to “sell through” their stock because it was anticipated that they would be sold within the average shelf-life of these products (an 18-24 month period). This transitional protection also allowed manufacturers additional time to bring their production up to the required standards to meet the directive. This sell through period has now ended and companies must ensure that they comply with the legislation and remove any unlicensed herbal medicines from shelves. Companies can submit applications to the THR scheme at any time once they are able to meet the required standards.

  • Can acupuncture improve visual function of retinitis pigmentosa patient?

    Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is an inherited, degenerative eye disease that causes severe vision impairment and often blindness. Patients with retinitis pigmentosa are motivated to try complementary or integrative therapies to slow disease progression.

    Can acupuncture help?

    Research from Johns Hopkins University, Wilmer Eye Institute have some report for you.

    Their pilot study enrolled 12 adult patients with RP treated at an academic medical centre with a standardised protocol that combined electroacupuncture to the forehead and below the eyes and acupuncture to the body, at 10 half-hour sessions over two weeks.

    They found that acupuncture entails minimal risk, if administered by a well-trained acupuncturist and may have significant, measurable benefits on residual visual function in patients with retinitis pigmentosa, in particular scotopic sensitivity, which had not previously been studied. These preliminary findings support the need for future controlled studies of potential mechanisms.

    © 2013 The Authors. Clinical and Experimental Optometry © 2013 Optometrists Association Australia.

  • TCM Practitioner is required in South Manchester area.

    A full time or part-time Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioner vacancy is availablein a well established TCM clinic in South Manchester area. The Practitioner must possess a formal education qualification in Traditional Chinese Medicine or Acupuncture and Tuina with good working experience in a Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital. Applicants with working experience in UK are preferable. The post holder must have good English language skills, highly self motivated, reliable, honest and hard working.

    Good pay package will be offered to the suitable applicant.

    The clinic is based in South Manchester with convenient public transport to Manchester city centre and areas around Manchester.

    If you are interested in the post, please send your CV to or call 07449451802

  • Can special acupuncture and acupressure help with urinary incontinence?

    We discovered that a special acupuncture and acupressure program, designed to improve pelvic health, can help women gain more control over their urination and avoid accidental urine leakage.

    We believe that acupuncture can improve urinary incontinence through more than one mechanism. Because incontinence is associated with anxiety and depression, women suffering from incontinence may benefit from acupuncture emphasis on mindful meditation and relaxation. But regular acupuncture and acupressure may also help women strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor that support the bladder .Up to 80 percent of them are women. Urinary incontinence becomes more common as women age, although many younger women also suffer from it. Not all types of acupuncture may help with urinary incontinence. It would be a way for women to gain more control over their pelvic floor muscles without having to go through traditional costly and time-intensive rehabilitation therapy.

    To explore the effectiveness and significance of whether electrical acupuncture stimulation combining with pelvic floor muscle therapy (PFMT) can improve the recovery of urinary continence,Chinese Shanghai Medical College has done a new research about urinary incontinence acupuncture treatment.A total of 109 patients took part in the study of novel combination treatment for urinary continence from September 2008 to September 2009.Chinese researchers found Electrical acupuncture stimulation therapy combining with PFMT can improve the recovery of patients' urinary continence after radical prostatectomy.

  • The End of Sell Through deadline (30th April 2014) proposed by MHRA is approaching, and this means the patent TCM medicines are no longer legally provided after this date.

    Nothing I can say!

  • Both acupuncture at Waiguan (SJ5) and sham acupuncture can activate/deactivate several brain regions in patients with ischemic stroke.

    According to research from journal Neural Regeneration Research

    Dr. Ji Qi and co-workers from School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Southern Medical University in China examined the effects of acupuncture on brain function in a pathological context, and compared the effects between Waiguan and sham points in 16 patients with ischemic stroke.

    These findings indicated that the altered specificity of sensation-associated cortex (Brodmann area 5) is possibly associated with a central mechanism of acupuncture at Waiguan for stroke patients.

    Acupuncture therapy for stroke-caused conditions such as paralysis, speech and swallowing problems, and depression is commonly used in China. an acupuncturist is likely to start therapy as soon as possible after a stroke. But 2week wait is necessary for some patient.There is an increase in interest in using acupuncture as a treatment modality for stroke (Ernst & White 1996),and the recent Consensus Development Statement from a panel convened by the US National Institutes of Health to consider the evidence for acupuncture (NIH 1997) finds "positive clinical reports" for its use in this context. It would seem that the evidence to date suggests that acupuncture has a valuable role to play in helping stroke recovery.

    Acupuncture help with stress. So help stroke too

    Scientists have shown that anger, anxiety, and depression not only affect the functioning of the heart, but also increase the risk for heart disease. Stroke and heart attacks are the end products of progressive damage to blood vessels supplying the heart and brain, a process called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis progresses when there are high levels of chemicals in the body called pro-inflammatory cytokines. It is thought that persisting stress increases the risk for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease by evoking negative emotions that, in turn, raise the levels of pro-inflammatory chemicals in the body.

  • Smell Acupuncture- Goft To Mankind

    Acupuncture is a way of treatment of Human beings by stimulation of specific points of body skin through heat, pressure, laser or penetration of thin needles. Smell or nose acupuncture is a branch of acupuncture that helps in treating the loss of smelling taste. This loss of smelling taste or smelling disorder was called as Dysosmia and Anosmia or Hyposmia. This Dysosmia was caused because of some viral infections.


    A 55 years old lady was attending the pain clinic for pain in her right hypochondrium. One day she mentioned that she had not been able to smell things for the past two years. She had been investigated by the Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) department over the same period. The olfactory testing of her nose was done clinically through smelling lime, apple, banana, strawberry and perfumes with patient's eyes open and close, but there is no positive result, she was also tested in all types of scans, but no use. At that time, a trial of acupuncture was used for her problem. She said that she was willing to try anything.

    Way of treatment:

    That lady was treated in the following ways. Since, Acupuncture involves in finding the specific point on human body to treat the malfunction, Smell Acupuncture treatment works on this basis. The common specific points to treat smell disorders were Ying Tang, LI20 (Yingxiang) on both sides and GL23 (Shangxing). The modern researches proved that smell acupuncture was better than treating with western chemical medicines. The way of treatment starts with examination of nose followed by thirty minutes of acupuncture and massage.

    Working Mechanism of Smell Acupuncture Treatment:

    The LI20 (YingXiang) term refers to 'Welcome Fragrance" in Chinese language. Yin Tang is a local point and is indicated in the treatment of frontal headache, eye disorders, rhinitis, sinusitis and insomnia. LI20 is indicated in nasal obstruction and loss of sense of smell. Needling LI20, in traditional terms helps the lung to perform its dispersing function, so that the nose can smell fragrance. GV23 (Shangxing) was used as a local point for the nose and over frontal sinus treatments. This Smell Acupuncture stimulates or pressurizes these local points to activate the smelling mechanism in human body.


    Smell Acupuncture not involve in surgery.​
    Smell Acupuncture is a non-chemical or chemical less treatment that will not cause any side effects.
    Smell Acupuncture involves only through external treatment, that patients can keep watch on their body without anxiety.
    Smell Acupuncture was economical in cost in considering with western type of medical treatments.
    Smell Acupuncture works only on specific points in triggering the malfunction part of the body without disturbing your whole body.
    Smell Acupuncture was easy to take treatment and you treatment starts earlier and ends earlier at no extra cost.

    Conclusion: So, this Chinese way of Smell Acupuncture helps the man kind and it’s a gift of nature. Man can also get treatment in a natural way which was proved by this smell acupuncture. Make way for Smell Acupuncture and Make way for your good health. Also ensure that you have your EHIC card ready.
    "Amber Rosh is a passionate blogger, living in UK. She writes on behalf of EHIC-UK. She loves to write as a guest blogger with interest in Travel, Health and Automotive."

  • BBC Radio 5 Live tomorrow lunchtime from 12.15 - 12.45 pm, the Shelagh Fogarty show about Chinese medicine and NHS


    BBC Radio 5 Live tomorrow lunchtime from 12.15 - 12.45 pm, the Shelagh Fogarty show, talking about Chinese medicine and NHS.

    This is because of Mr Jeremy Hunt the Health Secretary's statement. He, who in answer to MP Mr David Tredinnick's question "In your travels to the People's Republic of China, what have you learnt about the integration of Western medicines with traditional Chinese medicine?", he said that "What I've learnt is that the most important thing is to follow the scientific evidence and where there is good evidence for the impact of Chinese medicine then we should look at that but where there isn't we shouldn't spend NHS money on it."

    Please join this conversation .

    Earlier this year AXA PPP International added Chinese herbal medicine to its outpatient cover, saying there was growing interest in the international market for this type of treatment.Health regulators last year issued a warning over some Chinese medicines amid concerns that they can contain dangerously high levels of lead, mercury and arsenic. Some traditional Chinese medicines also contain traces of endangered animals.

  • Shocking case report: a Korean woman nearly be killed by wrong acupuncture treatment

    According to new report from Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2014

    A 48-year-old korean woman was brought to the emergency department due to hypotension and drowsiness. She had a history of left mastectomy followed by chemotherapy due to breast cancer seven years ago. Otherwise her past medical history was unremarkable. She suddenly developed bradycardia, syncope and became comatose about 10 minutes after an acupuncture session, in which a needle was inserted into the left anterior parasternal area at the level of the 4th intercostal space by a professional acupuncturist. Immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation was performed successfully and the patient was transferred to our hospital. On physical examination, she had jugular venous distension with distant heart sound. Systolic blood pressure was 50 mmHg with a heart rate of 120 bpm. After rapid administration of intravenous normal saline with inotropic agents, blood pressure was restored up to 90/60 mmHg. Transthoracic echocardiogram revealed a moderate amount of pericardial effusion with early diastolic collapse of the right atrium which was predominantly placed beyond the left ventricle and a computed tomogram demonstrated a pericardial fluid collection around the heart . Under the presumptive diagnosis of traumatic hemopericardium, the patient underwent emergent pericardial drainage via pericardiocentesis. But emergent cardiac surgery was decided because active bleeding was not stopped. After median sternotomy, a large amount of clotted material was evacuated from the pericardial cavity. A tiny perforating hole that was continuously oozing blood was noted in the anterior wall of the right ventricular outflow tract. The lesion was directly sutured without the need for cardiopulmonary bypass. The postoperative course was uneventful and she was discharged four days after the operation.

    Dear acupuncturist: Do you know the distance from the surface of the skin to the anterior surface of heart was estimated to be only about 13–19 mm, even an experienced acupuncturist might penetrate the cardiac chamber or the coronary arteries with acupuncture needles (which are 30 mm in length)

    Ernst says that studies of acupuncture in other countries and in the UK outside the NHS have revealed 86 deaths after acupuncture between 1965 and 2009, most of them from lung collapse. Another risk, he says, is to the 6 per cent of people who naturally have a hole in their breastbone, near an acupuncture point. The hole is covered with ligaments, so a doctor cannot feel it. "Acupuncture needles go right through and penetrate the membranes around the heart," with lethal effect, says Ernst.

    Acupuncture isn't risk free, even treatment from "professional acupuncturist".

  • News--Prof Han Jisheng receives an international award in Chinese medicine

    This news from Beijing university website. Thank you for this

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

    Cheung OnTak International Award for Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Medicine was set up in 2011 by Hong Kong Baptist University in recognition of the scholars who have made great contributions towards the internationalization or groundbreaking research of Chinese medicine. The award provides one or two winners with HK $500,000 in prize money every two years in order to promote modernization and internalization of the Chinese medicine.

    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.

    Professor Han was especially grateful to Cheung OnTak. He decided to set up an annual financial support, based on this prize income, for authors with excellent papers in Chinese Journal of Pain Medicine.

    Written by: Li Ruiqi
    Edited by: Choisum Kwok
    Source: PKU News (Chinese)

  • Chinese researchists found that acupuncture at Dazhui and Baihui can prevent brain cell apoptosis in heroin readdicted rats

    While there are still many unanswered questions about the basic mechanisms of acupuncture, some evidence exists to suggest that acupuncture can play an important role in reducing reinforcing effects of abused drugs.Only a few experiments using animal models have been performed to determine the basic mechanisms underlying acupuncture's effectiveness in the treatment of drug addiction. Unfortunately, very little is known about the effects of acupuncture in a situation where drugs of abuse are used on a chronic basis and how chronic use of drug effects both neurochemical and behavioral changes.

    So what is new?

    A research team from Anhui University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China pointed out that cell apoptosis was observed in the hippocampus and frontal lobe of heroin readdicted rats by electron microscopy, and immunohistochemical staining displayed a reduction in Bcl-2 expression and an increase in Bax expression in the hippocampus and frontal lobe. The researchers from this team found that acupuncture at Dazhui and Baihui can prevent brain cell apoptosis in heroin readdicted rats, which exerted a similar effect with methadone, a commonly used drug for the clinical treatment of drug addiction.

    These results provided clear evidence for the biological effects of acupuncture and It has provided a partial mechanism for the neuroprotective effect of acupuncture on brain cell death in heroin readdicted rats that ultimately may help us to understand how acupuncture can be used to treat abused drug

    Hou XR, Zhang RJ, Lv H, Cai XH, Xie GC, Song XG. Acupuncture at Baihui and Dazhui reduces brain cell apoptosis in heroin readdicts. Neural Regen Res. 2014;9(2):164-170.

    Related news:

    A research team from Anhui University of Chinese Medicine in China conducted their study on rats to verify the relationship between acupuncture, neurotrophic factor expression and brain cell structural changes and found that the expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor and glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor also increased in the ventral tegmental area following acupuncture. The study, which suggested that acupuncture protects brain neurons against injury with heroin relapse by promoting brain-derived neurotrophic factor and glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor expression, was published in the Neural Regeneration Research.

    Another research

    :The study randomized patients into three groups. Group 1 received body style acupuncture at Neiguan (PC6), Shenmen (HT7), Zusanli (ST36), Sanyinjiao (SP6) and Huaotoujiaji points at T5 and L2. Electroacupuncture stimulation was applied to the body style points. Group 2 received acupuncture at auricular points Jiaogan, Shenmen, Fei and Gan. Body style points were applied bilaterally and auricular points were applied unilaterally. Acupuncture treatments were administered 3 times per week for a total of 12 treatments. The control group did not receive treatment. Both acupuncture groups showed decreased anxiety and depression scores over the control group. A long-lasting pattern of decreased anxiety and depression improved over time. The researchers concluded that both electroacupuncture at body style acupoints and manual acupuncture at auricular acupuncture points are effective therapeutic modalities for the treatment of methamphetamine withdrawal. The researchers added that longer courses of care are positively correlated with increased clinical improvements.

  • Acute Lumbar Sprain? Which therapist you going to see?

    Acute Lumbar Sprain : It is marked by a sudden, severe pain in the lumbar area with limited flexion of the trunk and squatting. In isolated cases, the patient might experience the feeling of being choked by the above movements. They are including a muscle strain happens when the muscle is over-stretched or torn, resulting in damage to the muscle fibers (also called a pulled muscle).And lumbar sprain happens when ligaments are stretched too far or torn. Ligaments are very tough, fibrous connecting tissues that connect the muscles to the bones and joints.

    So, when it is happened ,what treatment is the best?

    Acupuncture is the answer!

    According to study was done in the medical college of TCM, Gansu province, China, to study the affect of acupuncture in the treatment of lumbar sprain. A total of 238 patients were randomised into a treatment group (112 patients) and a control group (126 patients).

    The Yanglao (SI 6) point is located by pressing the left thumb of the acupuncturist on the patient’s healthy hand and the tibial tuberosity in such a way that the palm is facing downward. Then, the acupuncturist’s arm is rotated so that his palm is facing upward. The place where his thumb is should be the Yanglao point. With the needle pointing at this point, it was rapidly pierced to a depth of 0.5-1.0 can, and then twisted for 30-60 seconds to obtain response. It was retained for 10-20 minutes. This point is treated only once.

    In most patients, the pain is immediately relieved. The patient is instructed to move his body voluntarily during this treatment. After relief of pain, the Ashi point is treated by rapid piercing of the deep muscle (1.5-2.5 cun). Finally, moxibustion is given at the same site for 10-15 minutes.Chinese research found :After one treatment, the lumbar pain completely disappeared, tenderness relieved by 80 per cent, leading to free and unlimited squatting.However, in convention treatment group marked relief in pain was observed, tenderness reduced by 70 per cent, leading to unlimited movement.

    In Chinese medicine, we have a saying: pain means no flow, flow means no pain. Acute strain or sprain of a muscle or joint causes the body to reflexively tense in an position that minimizes pain. The tension results in a restriction of blood flow to an from the injured area; this results in accumulation of metabolic wastes and deficiency of nutrition to the injured tissues.Acupuncture for back pain due to injury focuses on releasing the tension, reducing inflammation, and increasing blood flow through the injured area.

  • Chinese scientists found that acupuncture was more effective than oral antidepressants in improving depressive

    According to Chinese research which has been published in Neural Regeneration Research.

    When the issue is psychological the cure can be also and so a new epidemiological analysis from China compared the clinical efficacy of acupuncture/electroacupuncture with oral antidepressants in improving depressive symptoms. The authors found that acupuncture was more effective than oral antidepressants in improving depressive symptoms and produced fewer side effects than tricyclic antidepressants.

    Prof. Yong Huang and the team from Southern Medical University in China compared the clinical efficacy ofacupuncture/electroacupuncture with the antidepressant drug Seroxat alone and in combination with acupuncture using the Symptom Checklist-90. They determined that administration of Seroxat alone or in combination with acupuncture/electroacupuncture can produce a significant effect in patients with primary unipolar depression.

    They also found that acupuncture/electroacupuncture had a rapid onset of therapeutic effect and produces a noticeable improvement in obsessive-compulsive, depressive and anxiety symptoms.

    Last year research by the British Acupuncture Council and the charity Anxiety UK, revealed that only 10 per cent of sufferers use acupuncture to deal with their anxiety, whereas almost half (49.2 per cent) are prescribed medication.

    Experts have always disagreed about the benefits of acupuncture, even though there are currently 15,000 doctors and physiotherapists delivering it on the NHS.

    Latest research found that Acupuncture combined with an SSRI showed a statistically significant benefit for patients with depression in hospital over the 6-week period compared with SSRIs alone. This reduction in symptoms started in the first week and continued throughout the 6 weeks of treatment
    ( source :Acupunct Med. 2014 Apr 29; Authors: Wang T, Wang L, Tao W, Chen L)

  • How to find good fertility acupuncturist in southwest London?

    One of my patient sent email to me few months ago.She wrote: My friends tell me about how acupuncture can help fertility , but they themselves aren't suffering from infertility problem and I want to know if anyone here had positive result from it. I went see a couple of acupuncturist in southwest London near where I live in the past but they are either very expensive or doesn't work.... Can you tell me how to find reputable infertility acupuncturist in London?

    Well,It is very common question for menu women patients .Most people rely on personal references to find a good acupuncturist. It is best way to do. But what do you do when you don’t know anyone with firsthand knowledge of London acupuncturists? Here some tip may help you.

    A: Who is real fertility acupuncturist? Not every acupuncturist is trained or experienced in fertility issues. We suggests that you ask what their training in fertility treatment is. Especially since some acupuncture points are contraindicated after embryo transfer and during pregnancy, because of the risk of miscarriage, it's vital your acupuncturist knows what he or she is doing. The first step to finding a good acupuncturist is to figure out who's acupuncture is best suited to your potential fertility diagnosis. If you’re not sure which one specializes in treating infertility ,start with a GP first.

    B. Check out the acupuncturists :Clinic location(s) Educational background;Specialty interests; Languages spoken:Years in practice
    Review CV if available

    C. Make an appointment and think about something after consultation
    Did your acupuncturist explain everything clearly?Did your acupuncturist seem to care about you? Do you trust your acupuncturist to be thorough with follow up? Do you like your acupuncturist?

    Of course ,If your acupuncturist did not meet your expectations in any significant way, find another one.Reward good acupuncturists with good online recommendations so others can benefit.

  • Stress doubles the risk of infertility in women. Think of acupuncture?

    Now Infertility become big problem for many family .but, Why?

    Whether stress itself can make getting pregnant difficult is a matter of debate. The current thinking is that stress alone does not cause infertility. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine states in their stress and infertility pamphlet, "Even though infertility is very stressful, there isn't any proof that stress causes infertility."

    But, new research tell you something different .

    Researchers discovered that women with the highest levels of stress hormones in their saliva were far more likely to fail to get pregnant within 12 months of trying.It may explain why women who have struggled to get pregnant manage to conceive often after they give up and the anxiety of trying has been removed.

    Study leader Dr Courtney Denning-Johnson Lynch, from Ohio State University in the US, said: "We have demonstrated that women with high levels stress biomarkers have a lower probability of becoming pregnant, compared to women with low levels of this biomarker.

    "For the first time, we've shown that this effect is potentially clinically meaningful, as it's associated with a greater than two-fold increased risk of infertility among these women."

    However she pointed out that stress is not the only factor involved in fertility problems and may only play a minor role.

    Here are some suggestions of practices or daily habits that help reduce the effects of stress on your health.

    Make sure you are getting enough sleep
    Get an adequate amount of healthy exercise daily
    Start practicing Yoga
    Seek counseling
    Consume natural, calming herbs and supplements
    Reading a book in the park
    Take warm baths
    Surrender and let go

    Good luck to you!

  • Have any specific acupoint for primary dysmenorrhea acupuncture treatment?

    Primary dysmenorrhoea is the most common type of painful periods. This is where there is no underlying problem of the womb (uterus) or pelvis. It often occurs in teenagers and women in their 20s.

    Acupuncture is often used for primary dysmenorrhea. But there is no convincing evidence due to low methodological quality. The analysis by the team from Kyung Hee Medical Centre found that patients with severe period pain reported a greater reduction in their symptoms when using acupuncture compared with pharmacological treatments.

    Recently, Chinese researchists aim to assess immediate effect of acupuncture at specific acupoint compared with unrelated acupoint and nonacupoint on primary dysmenorrhea.

    Their conclusion is that specific acupoint acupuncture produced a statistically, but not clinically, significant effect compared with unrelated acupoint and nonacupoint acupuncture in primary dysmenorrhea patients. Future studies should focus on effects of multiple points acupuncture on primary dysmenorrhea.

    Reference :Pain Med. 2014 Mar 17;Authors: Liu CZ, Xie JP, Wang LP, Liu YQ, Song JS, Chen YY, Shi GX, Zhou W, Gao SZ, Li SL, Xing JM, Ma LX, Wang YX, Zhu J, Liu JP

  • Houston hosts World Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Conference

    The American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) and the City of Houston are proud to host the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies (WFAS) World Conference on Acupuncture. An integrative medicine theme has been added to the traditional acupuncture conference along with special guest, integrative medicine physician and author, Dr. Andrew Weil; offering a platform for Eastern medicine to meet with Western medicine. Other important keynote speakers invited to present are Dr. Boli Zhang, Dr. Baoyan Liu and Dr. Lorenzo Cohen.

    Approximately 1,000 distinguish traditional Chinese and Western medical physicians, practitioners, clinicians, researchers, and academicians are expected to attend this intellectual symposium offered for the first time in the Southern USA region. All individuals with an interest in acupuncture and integrative medicine are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentation. Abstract submission deadline is May 15, 2014.

    Host Committee Chairperson, Angelia Guinara says, “We believe the collaboration of Oriental and Western medicines will yield a great number of advances and breakthroughs in the treatment of illness, resulting in better health care for all.” WFAS Houston 2014 will be held on October 31 – November 2, 2014, at the newly renovated Royal Sonesta Hotel in Houston, Texas, USA.

  • Got neck pain? Massage is effective,but once a week treatment isn't enough.

    I know you want have good treatment, but don't want spend money due to bad economic reason.But, something I have to tell you.

    Massage can relieve neck pain if it's done often by a professional therapist and for the correct length of time, according to new research.

    One-hour sessions two or three times a week appear to be best, said study researcher Karen Sherman, senior scientific investigator at Group Health Research Institute in Seattle.

    Her study, which tested the effects of a month of massage, is published in the March/April issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

    Assessing neck functioning and pain levels a week after treatment ended, the researchers determined that patients getting one hour of massage three times a week showed the most gains after four weeks of massage.

    Compared to those who got no massage, "people getting massage three times a week were almost five times as likely to have a clinically meaningful (meaning important or noticeable) improvement in function and over twice as likely to report a clinically meaningful decrease in pain," Sherman said.

    Many patients who get therapeutic massage for chronic neck pain may not reap benefits if they undergo shorter or less frequent sessions, the authors suggested.

    So, find correct therapist, have enough treatment . You actually save money for long term.

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