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Microneedling and Acne

Microneedling and Acne

A July 2019 study by Boston University School of Medicine found that, “that microneedling works and helps reduce the appearance of acne scars for patients.” And, “"While there have been multiple smaller research studies and case reports which have shown the efficacy of microneedling with acne scarring, there has never been any consistent data and no one decided to take a step back, synthesize and look at what the evidence was telling us as a whole,"


Acupuncture for Angina

Acupuncture for Angina

A July 2019 randomized clinical trial conducted by Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine studied the efficacy and safety of acupuncture adjunctive therapy to antianginal therapies in reducing the frequency of angina attacks. The study found that for chronic stable angina, “acupuncture on the acupoints in the disease-affected meridian significantly reduced the frequency of angina attacks compared with acupuncture on the acupoints on the non-affected meridian, sham acupuncture, and no acupuncture.”

Acupuncture for Chronic Knee Pain

Acupuncture for Chronic Knee Pain

In a recent, ongoing systematic review it was noted that, “The most recent systematic review and meta-analysis of acupuncture for chronic knee pain found that acupuncture can significantly reduce pain intensity and improve functional mobility and the quality of life.”

 In this systematic review, they found “… acupuncture administered to adults with osteoarthritis to be associated with a statistically significant reduction in pain intensity, improved functional mobility and improved health-related quality of life. Reductions in pain were greater in trials with longer intervention periods. Though under-reported and inconsistently described, major adverse events with acupuncture were not reported. Subgroup analyses suggest that acupuncture is most effective for reducing osteoarthritic pain when administered for more than four weeks.”

Acupuncture for Excess Phlegm and Other Imbalances

Acupuncture for Excess Phlegm and Other Imbalances

These are some of the acupuncture points for excess phlegm (and other imbalances). The treatment takes four sessions, at weekly intervals. Core points, including the Four Gates, the Kidney Formula and Ying Tang, form the basis of the treatment with specific additional points in each weekly session:


Week One

Governing Vessel 26: inappropriate laughing or crying, irritability, fatigue, epilepsy.

Lung 11: epilepsy, sore throat, heat.

Spleen 1: disorientation, epilepsy.


Week Two

Pericardium 7: inflexible attitude, irritability, material desires, inordinate crying or laughing, lack of direction in life.

Bladder 62: headaches, epilepsy.

Governing Vessel 16: rigid tongue, lock jaw, loss of voice, headache.


Week Three

Stomach 7: lock jaw, neurological conditions.

Conception Vessel 24: weak, thin, body, deteriorating, nosebleeds.

Pericardium 8: paranoia, fever, sweats.


Week Four

Governing Vessel 23: phlegm, nasal congestion, poor vision, dizziness, Alzheimer’s.

Conception Vessel 1:  urinary and bowel leakages or obstructions, menstrual issues, prolapses. Because of it’s invasive nature, normally this point is replaced with Kidney 1.

Large Intestine 11: fever and vomiting.


Acupuncture for Wellness and Prevention

Acupuncture for Wellness and Prevention

An April 2019 study suggests that apart from the well-known therapeutic effects of acupuncture, it’s positive impact on wellness and as a preventative tool is becoming more recognised.

“…The researchers studied the effects of acupuncture on the victims of a 6.0 earthquake that caused nearly 300 deaths and left 30,000 people homeless in Amatrice, Central Italy … After the third treatment, both the pain and psychological symptom scores had significantly improved, with no serious adverse effects attributed to the treatment.”

Songxuan Zhou Niemtzow, MD (China), a Traditional Chinese Medicine physician in Alexandria, VA, states, "If acupuncture had an alternative name, it would be called 'prevention,'"

Nadia Volf, MD, PhD, Paris XI University (Paris, France) writes "although acupuncture can be a wonderful tool for treating a number of diseases, this therapy can be an even more wonderful tool for preventing them."


Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

Although the causes of plantar fasciitis are not completely understood, the issue may be a muscle knot, or “myofascial pain” and is likely to be referred pain. This can be treated by acupuncture, gua sha or acupressure of its *trigger point* (often located away from the point of pain). In this case, the trigger point may be located at a precise point on the back of the calf muscle.  In acupuncture, this point will be at or close to a point known as “Bladder 57” on the bladder meridian (in this case, nothing to do with the bladder … or perhaps it is) 

Bladder 57 is also the feature point (the specialist point) for haemorrhoids and constipation. We have at least one case where a lady had all three (seemingly unrelated) conditions.

Perhaps there has been an injury to the back of your calf muscle (you might have knocked it on something, when getting in or out of the car or because of an insect bite).  

It’s worth noting that ice therapy is contra-indicated after the first day of the pain because it blocks the blood flow and the healing processes that normally kick-in.

Is the plantar pain accompanied by calf pain, occipital headaches or upper back pain? The bladder meridian also runs through the lung 1.5 Chinese inches (Bladder 13) and at 3 Chinese inches (Bladder 43) on the back, measuring right and left from spinal point T3. It may be worth palpating those points to see if there is any tenderness, along with Bladder 10 (on the neck). 


Chain of transmission

Chain of transmission

Yusef was taught acupuncture and herbal medicine in the Traditional Chinese Medicine system by Paul Brecher BA FAcS TCM, Principal of The College of Chinese Medicine in London.  Paul Brecher was taught by Paul Robin FAcS MPCHM MCAA, Head of the College of Chinese Medicine and TCM faculty Chairman of the Acupuncture Society. Paul Robin was trained by Dr Bernard Kai Lam Lee. Dr Lee was trained by his grandfather, Fook Sang.

Abdominal Acupuncture:  The Replenishing Formula

Abdominal Acupuncture: The Replenishing Formula

The Replenishing Formula in the Abdominal Acupuncture micro-system is used to replenish energy, essence and blood.  The intention is to support the body’s innate immune system to regenerate muscles, tendons and bones.

The heart, liver, kidneys, lungs and spleen are all targeted.  It is especially useful for those with deficiency conditions.