Tuesday 17 September 2019

Acupuncture for anxiety and panic attack

Mid aged IT professional presenting with anxiety and sever morning panic attacks for 2 weeks. He also experienced difficulty in breathing, palpitation, cramp in both calves, spontaneous sweating and tingling sensation in flexor aspect of fingers. His blood test results were normal. He was was signed off work due to the severe anxiety and panic attacks he was having. He was also considering postponing a mid haul holiday due to fear of having a panic attack during the four hour flight,

After 4 sessions of acupuncture (twice a week) and taking 2 weeks Chinese herbal medicine, his anxiety level and severity of panic attacks was greatly reduced and other additional symptoms had all cleared. Patient felt confident to travel and resumed travel plan.

Acupuncture for anxiety and panic attacks, image resource 

Acupuncture for cough

Female patient suffered from on and off cough for ten years. Recent flare up of a chesty cough lasted 2 weeks. She presented with restricted breathing and violent cough that would last 6 to 7 minutes. The cough would also wake her up at night and affect sleep. Patient had to sleep with propped pillows and was very tired.

After one session of acupuncture and taking one week of Chinese herbal medicine, the violent cough reduced to a infrequent light cough that would last seconds. Night time cough stopped completely allowing her to sleep through the night. Tightness in the chest was also improved. Patient continued to improve following further four sessions of acupuncture and reported her cough stopped completely on her sixth visit. She also noticed improvement on the digestion, leg cramp and energy.

Patient attended a follow up session 2 months later and remained symptom free.

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Tuesday 6 August 2019

Acupuncture for frequent Epilepsy

Acupuncture for frequent Epilepsy 

Female patient in mid 40s has been suffering from monthly seizure attacks since 14 years ago. The frequency and severity of attacks greatly affected her quality of life, as a result she had to take early retirement and seldom leaves home on her own. 

The patient first self referred for acupuncture treatment for her shoulder pain. As acupuncture treats the body as a whole, the underlying cause for her epilepsy was treated at the same time. 

The frequency of epileptic seizure attacks reduced over time alongside her original shoulder pain complaint following regular acupuncture treatments. Patient gradually developed increased confidence and started going out on her own and even enjoyed a short haul trip abroad independently in Spring 2019. The dosage of medication was reduced by her neurological consultant at a recent medical review based on her stable condition. 

Table and charts below illustrates the gradual reduction of epileptic seizure attacks since receiving acupuncture.
Acupuncture help to reduced the frequency of epilepsy attack

Line chart showing acupuncture help to reduce frequent epilepsy attack

Wednesday 12 June 2019

Acupuncture for Polyuria- Frequent Urination

The patient

Female working professional has been suffering from frequent urination for a number of years. Bladder movement occurred straight after consumption of the smallest amount of fluids. She also suffered from frequent urinary tract infection. Investigatory tests did not reveal any issue. Patient had to stop drinking fluids during the day to avoid difficulty accessing bathroom during long commute and working hours. Night urination was also frequent and patient often found it difficult to fall back to sleep after waking up.

The treatment

Patient received 3 sessions of acupuncture and two weeks of Chinese herbal medicine and reported frequent urination was no longer an issue. She was able to drink fluids normally during the day without the need to rush to toilet immediately. Her night urine had also reduced to just once maximum a night. She also found it much easier to fall back to sleep after waking up.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can also be a very effective treatment method for men and women suffering from frequent urination with or without signs of infection.

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

Tuesday 4 June 2019

Acupuncture for Chronic Cystitis- Recurrent Bladder Infection

The Patient

Female patient who suffered from years of recurrent bladder infection that did not respond to multiple courses of antibiotics treatment. There was often frequent urination with strong odour and burning sensation during flare up.  Quality of sleep was also greatly affected due to the frequent trips to the bathroom. Patient has been trying to get pregnant for over one year without success. Other health complaints included frequent acne break out, premenstrual tension, bloating after meal and extreme tiredness.


Patient received a combination of  acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to address the recurrent bladder infection issue and started following a strict diet plan under the supervision of the practitioner. Urinary frequency gradually decreased to normal level and patient was able to sleep through the night again. Other symptoms relating to skin break out, digestion issue and fatigue also improved. Herbal medicine use was stopped following the improvement on health complaints and acupuncture was administered on its own to support fertility. Patient became pregnant naturally and has since had a healthy baby girl.

Acupuncture for Chronic Cystitis, image source
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can also be a very effective treatment method for women suffering from recurrent urinary infection when going to the menopause.

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

Friday 15 February 2019

Acupuncture for knee and hip pain

Acupuncture for knee pain: image source 

The patient

A retired PE teacher in her 80s who lead a very active life. She presented with bilateral knee pain that often woke her up at night. Patient also had poor circulation and often felt cold.

The treatment & outcome

Weekly acupuncture sessions were able to help eliminating knee pain. She was able to stop taking pain killers and sleep through undisturbed.


"During the previous four years I had an operation on lower back vertebrate and a hip replacement. Arthritis had set in and I was in considerable pain, taking eight paracetamols a day. The only other advice was exercise regularly. Since I had been a teacher of physical education  I am well aware of that. Ivy's approach was centred on the whole body and lifestyle, so that the time spent on dealing with poor circulation improved enormously and I now rarely take any painkillers.

I am pleased to vouch for the improvement of my energy level, clarity of thought and wellbeing in my 90th year, which gives me the opportunity to write this testimonial for a dedicated and hight professional lady. "