Tuesday 19 December 2017

Acupuncture for insomnia

Acupuncture for insomnia

The patient

Female patient in early 40s suffering from chronic insomnia. She would wake up up to 7 times a night and struggle to go back to sleep. Other symptoms include night sweats, tinnitus, vertex headache, shoulder pain and tiredness. 


5 weekly sessions of acupuncture and usage of Chinese herbal medicine.


Patient was sleeping through on most nights during the week. Occasionally wake up once a night and able to fall back to sleep quickly. Patient no longer suffered from night sweats, tinnitus, headache or shoulder pain. 

Lifestyle change

Patient was advised to keep a detailed food diary for a week and identified areas for improvement herself.
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Monday 23 October 2017

Acupuncture for trigeminal neuralgia

Acupuncture for trigeminal neuralgia

The Patient

79 year old female patient presenting with severe level of pain on the left lower jaw. Patient could hardly speak during the consultation and had to talk frequent stops due to the pain. Patient was prescribed Gabapentin to help with pain relieve which had little effect. She could only eat liquid style foods such as yoghurt and had little appetite. 

The treatment

3 sessions of acupuncture was given within 9 days and patient was pain free on the third visit.

Ivy's comments

Trigeminal neuralgia often attacks suddenly and if treated straight away using acupuncture, a full recovery can be achieve within just a few sessions. Dietary advice is alway given to prevent future attack.

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Tuesday 18 July 2017

Acupuncture for digestive disorder

The patient

Female office worker in her 30s suffering from fatigue, loss of appetite, stomach cramps, chronic diarrhoea, night sweats and poor sleep. She appeared very thin with erythema all over her body. The bowel was explosive and stopped her from going out of the house.

The treatment

After 8 weekly acupuncture sessions, she no longer suffered from any digestive issues such as bloating or pain. Bowel movement also returned to normal. Night sweats and stomach cramp also stopped. In addition, acupuncture supported her through an 8 week programme of steroid treatment treating its associated side effects.

Testimonial from patient: 

"After weeks of tremendous fatigue, loss of appetite and weight loss, stomach cramps, poor sleep and other debilitating symptoms, due to a digestive disorder (indeterminate inflammatory bowel disease) I sought Ivy’s help. 

“After the first treatment, I found symptoms such as my energy levels and capacity to sleep, improved immediately.  After five treatments and with Ivy’s good dietary guidance, I am eating well, sleeping better and able to get on with virtually all aspects of ‘normal’ life.  I also feel calmer and more vital.

“It’s been remarkable how much the treatment has helped to restore me to a former version of myself.  Ivy is great; not just compassionate but someone who truly listens"
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Tuesday 23 May 2017

Acupuncture for knee pain

The patient

Female office worker in her 40s presented with swollen left knee and burning pain. There was continuous  sharp pain on the knee cap and pulsating pressure behind her knee with restricted movements. It was difficult for her to sit or walk for prolonged period. 

The pain would keep her awake at night, over time this has changed her moods too. 


Patient had 6 weekly sessions of acupuncture and the left knee pain went down from 10/10 to 2/10. Swelling had reduced from 8/10 to 2/10. Ability to bend the knee was also improved from 7/10 to 2/10. 

Diet and lifestyle
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Patient improved her diet and joined a local gym. She lost 11IBs in total since starting her acupuncture treatment.


"I have been having acupuncture treatment with Ivy for 6 weeks, having gone to see her in severe knee pain.

My legs, knees & ankles were severely swollen & I was having difficulty walking, my Dr had suggested more pain killers on top of what I was already taking, as I was loathed to take more, I looked for alternative options.
The day I found Ivy’s number was the day my life with knee pain changed for the better.

I have also found that Ivy’s vast knowledge has helped me in other areas of my day to day life, diet & exercise suggestions have helped me to ensure that my knee pain will not become worse & I now know that the option of a knee replacement is no longer an option, acupuncture will now always my 1st choice  

I would highly recommend  acupuncture with Ivy & look forward to July when I will be able to discuss herbal medicine options."

Friday 31 March 2017

Acupuncture for fatigue and stress

The patient

A male patient in his early 20s reported extreme tiredness and high stress level. He often felt bloated after meals and had regular flatulence. There was urgency with his bowel movement that would occur as soon as he finished his meal. Sometimes he could have up to 5 bowel movements a day. Due to the nature  of his outdoor work, he often felt very cold with his hands and feet. 

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The patient was feeling sad and tearful at times. 


Patient had 5 weekly acupuncture sessions and was given advice on diet and beverages.


Patient no longer experienced discomfort after meals. His bowel movement returned to normal with no urgency. Tiredness and body temperature improved. Patient felt happier generally. 


"I have now had 4 acupuncture sessions with Ivy on a weekly basis. I have already noticed a huge improvement. I am less tiring giving me much more energy for my physical job, I feel a lot less stressed and generally much happier. I have found the whole experience pain free and very relaxing. I feel Ivy listens and pays a lot of attention to my aliments and has therefore concentrated on those areas. I have also recommended her to my friends and family. "

Acupuncture can be a very effective treatment method for tiredness, stress and depression. If you would like further information on this blog or to discuss any conditions you would like to be treated, please do not hesitate to contact me via email ivyxxu@xuclinic.co.uk.