Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Acupuncture and herbal medicine for Labyrinthitis

Male patient in mid 30s presented with sudden onset of Labyrinthitis. Patient was working on the computer when it happened and started feeling dizzy and spinning. He immediately lay dow on the floor to avoid falling and called for help. 

NHS 111 GP diagnosed him as having Labyrinthitis and prescribed him with Cyclizine tablets. Patient could not get out of bed without feeling severe spinning in the head. Patient was generally healthy and had no previous medical history before the attack. 

A session of acupuncture was administered on patient and one week's supply of herbal medicine was prescribed. Patient gradually felt less dizzy and was completely symptom free after two weeks. 

Friday, 4 June 2021

Acupuncture for Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) during IVF

 The patient

Patient was identified having Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) after taking fertility medication in the first round of IVF cycle. Patient started having headaches, poor sleep, abdominal swelling/tenderness, bloating, emotional disturbances alongside other gynaecological symptoms and excess water over one ovary was discovered during routine scan. Decision was made by her IVF team to postponed the fresh embryo transfer to a frozen transfer. 

The treatment

Patient received eight weekly acupuncture treatments for one cycle to support her OHSS associated symptoms and gradually was able to sleep better and feeling calmer. 

The outcome

Her follow up scan showed she was good to go after and had a successful frozen embryo was conducted with no issue. Patient reported a good scan at 13 weeks. 

More information on OHSS can be found here

Please visit www.xuclinic.co.uk if you require any further information or email ivyxxu@xuclinic.co.uk  with your contact number to book a consultation. 

Thursday, 27 May 2021

Acupuncture and herbal medicine for secondary infertility

The patient

Full time working mum of one struggled to conceive again. She suffered from extreme fatigue, lower back pain, low moods, stress related digestive issues, frequent night urination (2/3 times a night) disturbing sleep, poor sleep quality and circulation. 

Treatment plan

Focus on strengthen the digestion, improve energy level, release stress, boost Kidney energy which is vital in fertility. 

Progress of treatment

Week 1: reduced night urine to just once a night, no more feeling bloated after food, noticeable improvement on energy level. Patient couldn't lay flat on her back on the first visit due to back pain;

Week 2: Lower back pain had improved and patient was able to receive treatment comfortably on her back, able to sleep through the night without the need to get up for night urine;

Week 3: Improved circulation, patient no long felt cold. No longer feeling low. sleeping much better;

Week 4: Improved bowel movement, slight cramping pain over womb which also felt during first pregnancy;

Week 5: Patient reported a positive pregnancy test on day 29!

Please visit www.xuclinic.co.uk if you require any further information or email ivyxxu@xuclinic.co.uk  with your contact number to book a consultation. 

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. 

Please visit www.xuclinic.co.uk if you require any further information or email ivyxxu@xuclinic.co.uk  to book a consultation. 

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. 


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. 


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.

General advice

It is advisable for patients to keep warm when having a bad sciatica flare up, i.e. cover hips with long line jacket when going outside, wear long socks that cover ankles properly rather than trainer socks and cover feet with socks and indoor shoes when at home. The warmth will improve circulation and aid recover. 

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 with your contact number if you would like to find out more or book a consultation. 


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. 


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.