21.01.2014

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Chinese medicine practitioners like to utilize all the tools we possibly can in helping us to diagnose your health conditions, even your face!
Each section of the skin on your face represents a different organ, and can give clues as to what may be out of balance. I have put together this face map image so you can get a visual idea of where each organ is represented, and what it means for your health. If you have dark circles under your eyes, it could indicate inhalant allergies such as allergies to pollen, dust, grasses etc.  You might notice a correlation between these dark circles and when you get strong hayfever symptoms. HEART – The tip of your nose, which is represented by your Heart, may be prone to redness and broken capillaries.  If you see this on your own face, make sure you check in with your doctor and do a general health check that includes your blood pressure and cholesterol. Let me know in the comments section below if you have noticed any issues on your face that relate to these organ patterns. The practice of acupuncture is centuries old and it is practiced as part of many different medical systems – its isn’t just the Chinese who have traditionally done  it!
For the UK alone, The National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health estimate one in seven couples (1) have problems with infertility at some point. TCM has been practiced in the West from small beginnings in the 1970s growing to the extent where many European and American cities and even small towns have TCM clinics in many neighbourhoods. TCM has a long history of seeing patients with male and female infertility problems, indeed for much of China’s long history, it was the official healthcare system.
Much media focuses attention on recent interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine for female subfertility, whether on its own or combined with modern reproductive medicine such as IVF.  However, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) also has a long history of seeing patients with male reproductive medical needs.
TCM practitioners seeing male patients with difficulty starting or adding to their family frequently offer acupuncture. In the West less standard scientific format research appears readily available for the men than the women into acupuncture or Chinese herbal interventions, although many case studies exist, especially of course in China itself. Recently, the media has picked up on success stories and interest in combining In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) reproductive medicine with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture.
Whilst there appears to be a way to go before TCM can be evaluated to satisfy science in the West, the safest conclusion is probably this does not automatically mean the treatment never works. About MeDaniel J Clarke blogs on acupuncture with contributions from his friends (See About The Authors).


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However, this site exploresTraditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), as it is perhaps the most famous and widely practiced of the acupuncture traditions in the Western world. Whilst the practice may perhaps have been viewed in the 1970’s and 1908’s as more esoteric, or even as weird, wacky nonsense, it has gradually shaken off its negative press and replaced it with a more medical reputation.  Centuries old it may be, but in modern China it is practiced alongside modern medicine, in the same hospital, run by the state, with white coats and stethoscopes rather than perhaps the ‘smells and bells’ fondly imagined by romantically minded westerners in the 1970’s. Click on the links to explore how acupuncture is used with male and female subfertility patients and how acupuncture is used with IVF. Some practitioners are able to offer additionally Chinese herbal medicine alongside it.  It is impossible to adequately discuss the TCM medical theory in depth here, but broadly speaking a brief outline may be useful.
A notable 2005 study by an international team in Germany and Italy included 40 men who had a 2 year history without the desired pregnancy with their partners. In considering this issue, some interesting, and sometimes confusing information comes to light. One drawback is randomised controlled double-blind trials (RCTs) employed within modern orthodox medicine often group patients together by its own diagnosis, then treat them in a standardised way regardless of the TCM diagnosis.
It is interesting to remember there are also practices within modern conventional medicine which are not fully understood. One third of China’s outpatients appointments use TCM (that’s 1.3 billion treatments in 2008), offered often as well as modern conventional medicine by 49% of China’s doctors (4). TCM characterises health as the times when the body’s Qi flows smoothly, in the correct order, without any impediments or erratic movements. All men were diagnosed using modern medicine as experiencing “idiopathic infertility” due to oligospermia (low sperm density), asthenospermia (difficulties in sperm motility) or teratozoospermia (difficulties in sperm shape and structure). In the case of persons seeking therapy using Traditional Chinese Medicine, this information cannot be taken as medical advice and persons are advised instead to consult a suitably qualified professional practitioner. Another clinical trial [9] found no significant effects, but suggested that their study may have been ‘under-powered’ (meaning not conducted on a large enough scale).
Any woman considering TCM acupuncture for this issue is best advised to visit a practitioner with adequate training, hygienic practice and a willingness to answer any question she may have.


International Estimates of Infertility Prevalence and Treatment-Seeking: Potential Need and Demand for Infertility Medical Care. Qi which is imbalanced would be encouraged back into a more regulated state to encourage the body towards regaining health by healing itself. These conditions can be said to be very common among male patients seeking help to conceive. Professional associations representing TCM practitioners in the UK include The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (UK), the  British Acupuncture Council and the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine. 28 received acupuncture twice a week for 5 weeks, compared to 12 who did not as a control group. Quantitative evaluation of spermatatozoa ultrastructure after acupuncture treatment for idiopathic male infertility.
Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture’. The study found acupuncture resulted in a general improvement in sperm quality and suggested its use alone or alongside assisted reproduction technology (1). In modern use, many TCM practitioners do also interpret modern medical findings but within a TCM theoritical framework – again, being unlikely to use the same protocol for every case. It is worth remembering that some areas of conventional modern medicine are better studied and understood than others. Acupuncture often can’t attract the large budgets for research common for modern pharmaceutical drugs. This may be part of the explanation of why although it is widely used in the East, it is not as conventionally accepted in the West, as Western physicians may struggle to locate locally acceptable scientific resources on clinical uses.
Any man considering TCM is best placed to consult a qualified practitioner, and not hesitate to enquire of their training, qualifications and professional memberships.



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