Monday, 22 March 2021

Acupuncture, herbal medicine and diary therapy for Paediatric Asthma management

Mother of a four year old boy sought help during the national COVID lockdown. The young patient had a history of severe asthmatic cough that would restrict his breathing. He had visited the A&E three times in three months since the start of the winter due to asthmatic attacks. He also has digestive issue and often complains about sensation of burning eyes.


Patient received a total number of three weekly sessions of acupuncture and took Chinese herbal medicine for two weeks. Dietary advice was given to the mother to follow after a review on his food diary. After the first session, patient stopped complaining about stomach pain after food and started having good regular bowel movements. There was also no more reports of burning eyes sensation. Patient had not reported any further asthmatic attack or breathing difficulty since. Paediatric massage advice was given to the mother to administer at home to help maintain treatment effect. 


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Friday, 19 March 2021

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for Thyroid Nodule and Hyperthyroidism



The patient 

Mid aged female patient presented with difficulty in breathing, swelling glands with difficulty in swallowing, fast heart beat that prevented her from sleeping at night, toothache with very sensitive gums, swollen eyes, painful acne spots on the scalp and body. Scans and blood tests revealed 3.5cm nodule and high T4 level. Patient was feeling weak and had high level of anxiety. Her temperature was also at around 37.5 constantly. 

Treatment and outcome 

Patient received weekly acupuncture treatments took herbal medicine at the same time. After two weeks, her heart rate reduced from 100 to 85 and was able to sleep at night. Her appetite returned at week 3, symptoms of swollen eyes and neck disappeared by week 5, toothache and sensitive gums stopped in week 6. A further blood tests confirmed her T4 level had returned to normal level. 

Acupuncture for hyperthyroidism, image source

Chinese medicine can be very effective in improving the symptoms of patients with hyperthyroidism and enhancing their quality of life in general. Please email ivyxxu@xuclinic.co.uk if you would like to find out more or book a consultation. 


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Monday, 15 March 2021

Acupuncture for Sciatica

The patient

72 year old male patient presented with sudden onset of left side sciatica pain extending to calf and ankle. Patient experienced very high level of constant pain and could not sleep. His m


obility was also affected, patient had to stop his daily walks and driving. Prescribed painkillers provided temporary pain relief. Patient was generally well and active with no previous history of sciatica problem. 

Treatment

Patient received three weekly sessions of acupuncture treatments and was advised to wear under-layer and thick socks to keep warm.

Treatment outcome

Patient experienced immediate pain relief at the first session and gradually was able to sleep for longer hours undisturbed. After the third visit, patient had no pain at all and was able to enjoy his regular walks again.


Monday, 16 November 2020

Lost sense of taste and smell (Long COVID)

Patient history 

Female patient received a positive COVID test and sought treatment after she completed her self isolation period. Main presenting symptoms were: 

- 60% reduction in sense of taste and smell; 
- Suppressed appetite; 
- Fatigue; 
- Husky voice; 
- Dry throat with thick phelgm. 

Treatment 

Weekly acupuncture sessions and a one week course of Chinese herbal medicine 

Treatment outcome 

Patient gradually improved in all aspects of initial symptoms at each visit, and reported normal taste and smell as well as return of appetite after the fifth acupuncture session. Patient's energy also returned to pre-COVID levels. Below are tongue pictures taken before and after treatment for post COVID symptoms showing how the body recovered after the successful treatment. Early administration of herbal medicine alongside acupuncture treatment is essential in facilitating a positive prognosis / outcome in clearing residual COVID symptoms. 

Monday, 21 September 2020

Chinese herbal medicine for Urticaria (Hives)

 Chinese herbal medicine for Urticaria (Hives)


The patient

36 year old female presented with red and itchy patches of no fixed location on arms and legs. She was prescribed over the counter anti-histamine by her GP to take daily. Her period cycles was also getting shorter to 25 days. Sleep had been poor with nightmares. 

The treatment

Patient was prescribed Chinese herbal medicine weekly for 4 weeks along with dietary and lifestyle advice to follow.

The outcome

Redness and itchy skin gradually reduced and eventually stopped. Patient was advised to slowly phase out the use of anti-histamine until stopping it altogether when it was no longer required. Period was regulated back to her usual 28 days cycle and her sleep was also improved. 


 

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Acupuncture for contact dermatitis

Presenting case

Patient developed allergic reaction to the use of new eye cream. The skin under both eyes are red, swollen and small patches of broken skin with yellow discharge/crust. Patient also displayed mild hay fever symptoms. Patient was taking anti-histamine for the allergy and using emollient moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated. 

Treatment

Daily acupuncture for a one week as well as changing dietary habits.

Outcome

Skin gradually recovered to normal appearance. 







 
 Before After



Chinese Medicine for Suspected Corona Virus Symptom Support and Management

The patient

37 year old house wife with a history of digestive problems. 

Clinical presentation

Patient presented with a temperature of 38.1°C, dry itchy throat with a slight amount of unproductive phlegm, nausea, loose bowel, very frequent urination and a feeling of burning heat in chest and back.  Patient called 111 to report symptoms and was advised to self isolate at home. Patient took one recommended dose of Panadol which brought the temperature down to 37.3°C.

Treatment

The patient took Chinese herbal formulas and used acupressure points to control and reduce symptoms whilst following diet advice set out by the practitioner. 

Patient experienced difficulty in breathing on day 4, additional formula was added to support the lung function and clear phlegm, and patient was advised on altering sleeping position to ease difficulty in breathing. Panting and breathing difficulty disappeared on the following day.

Outcome

Fever was controlled, discomfort was reduced to tolerable level to support body's natural fight against the virus. Digestion, bowel movement and urination returned to normal function and frequency. Patient has since fully recovered without any respiratory symptoms.

There is no known treatment for Coronavirus. In China, Chinese medicine was and is still currently widely used in the initial stage of cases with mild symptoms and the recovery stage of severe cases. In patients presenting with mild symptoms, it supports the body's basic functions whilst the body builds up its immunity against the virus and prevents serious conditions developing. Several Chinese herbal formulas were recommended in the 7th edition for the trial version of National Clinical Treatment Protocol for the treatment of COVID-19

If you require any further information or would like to book a consultation, please contact me on ivyxxu@xuclinic.co.uk.

Chinese medicine for suspected Coronavirus, COVID-19. Image link

Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6
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