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                                                  Acupuncture is an ancient system of
                                                  healing developed over thousands of
                                                  years as part of the traditional
                                                  medicine of China, Japan and other
                                                  Eastern countries. Acupuncture's
                                                  origins lie in China and date back to
                                                  over 5,000 years ago; today there are
                                                  over       3,000,000     practitioners
                                                  worldwide. The majority of these
                                                  3,000,000 practitioners practice in
                                                  the East; however, during the last
                                                  half of the 20th century the number
                                                  of persons studying acupuncture in
                                                  the West has been steadily growing.


Method:

It is based on the belief that health is determined by a balanced flow of Qi, also
referred to as "Chi." Qi is circulated through the blood stream via fourteen energy
ducts called meridians. Each one of these pathways or channels through which Qi
flows is linked to an internal organ system. There are over 1,000 acupoints within the
meridian system that can be stimulated to enhance the flow of Qi. Acupuncture
diagnoses illness by seeking blockages in the body's meridians.

Special needles are inserted into the acupoints, which are located just beneath the
epidermis. In theory, inserting these needles helps correct the flow of energy within
the body and thus relieves pain and restores health.

When placed on the face, acupuncture points promote sinus drainage and open up
nasal passages. Most patients of acupuncture will need several sessions, which cost
about $75 to $100 per session. Acupuncture practitioners work in hospitals,
rehabilitation centers, and private offices. Acupuncture needles are usually inserted to
a depth of about a quarter of an inch into the skin. The therapist gently twists or twirls
them for up to 10 minutes, leaving them in five to 20 minutes longer; or stimulates
them with a weak electrical current; or heats them with a burning herb such as
mugwort


Acupuncture Methods:

• Electroacupuncture
• Biomedical Acupuncture for pain healing
• Intramuscular Stimulatiion
• Aurilar Acupuncture
• Syndrome diagnosis through tongue and pulse examination
• Cosmetic Acupuncture


Common cures:

1. Neurological

Migraine and other headaches
Trigeminal neuralgia and other face pains
Bell's palsy (face paralysis)
Anxiety
depression
fears
claustrophobia
Meniere's disorder
Post herpetic (Shingles)
Neuralgia
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Sciatica
Travel sickness
Tiredness
Phantom limb pain
Paralysis of leg or arm persisting after a stroke (cerebral thrombosis)


2. Musculo - Skeletal

Neck and low back pains
Whipla
Frozen shoulder
Tennis elbow
Painful joints of rheumatoid
arthritis
Osteoarthritis of knees, or hips or other joints
Heel spurs
Acute sports injuries
Wound healing


3. Pain

Pain after operations
Painful prominent scars


4. Gynecologiacal

Menstruation pains
Other pelvic pains
Flushes especially menopausal
Painful nodular breasts
Endometriosis Preparation for childbirth
Irregular or excessive menstruation


5. Skin

Wrinkles or bagginess of face
Acne
Psoriasis
Boils
Eczema
Various other skin disorders


6. Vascular

Aching varicose veins
Cramps
Restless legs
Intermittent claudication (pain on walking)
Hemorrhoids


7. Allergy

Hay fever
Rhinitis
Sinusitis
Asthma


8. Bladder

Cystitis (especially in the elderly)
Early prostate enlargement
Non-specific urethritis
Bedwetting


9. Infection

Bronchitis
Emphysema
Recurring tonsillitis
Mouth ulcers


10. Bowel
Colitis or other bowel inflammations
Stomach ulcers


11. Others

Persisting weakness after a severe illness
smoking
Tired eyes
Pterygium Retinitis
pigmentosa
High blood pressure
tinnitus
palpitations
excessive perspiration
constipation
diarrhea
vaginal pain
itch
obesity
impotence
infertility (especially after an illness)
weight loss

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MFM E-Letter
December 2009
mfm@acumedic.com
The World Beyond 2010?
Bells jingle in white snow,
Amidst songs of angels from a far.
Ah, the joy of peace,
Heralding a new era in the East.
Let us be merry in this holy night,
Be happy in the New Year afresh.
May our earth vibrate in harmony,
A glorious symphony,
With no greed, no suffering, just pure snow…
Melting into tranquillity.
Above pink blossoms is the blue sky,
The white doves of this little globe,
Fly, fly high towards the heavenly rainbow,
Towards the world of one dream,
And infinite hope….
When Thomas S. Kuhn refers to the differences between paradigm shift and normal
science1 he is thinking about the development of scientific theories similar to the
transition
from Newtonian to quantum mechanics that evoke many debates on nature and the
laws of
physics. Our understanding of nature has seen paradigm shifts from Galileo to
Newton then
to Einstein and Planck‟s quantum physics that developed into the Standard Model,
String
Theory and Branes. Human knowledge is constantly developing just as human
civilizations.
What will the world be like beyond 2010 after the current economic crisis? There are
many
factors which could be taken into account in assessing the future, but one important
feature
of these factors will be a fundamental shift in our social, economic and knowledge
systems
which we could sum up as a “historical change of paradigm”.
1The   Structure of Scientific Revolution (Third Edition) – Chapter V: The Priority of Paradigms.
2
What are the fundamental forces that will change our world? I would like to take this
opportunity to give it some thought as the year ends, as a light hearted seasonal
gesture in
thinking aloud with friends, or shall we call it “brainstorming”?
From an economic point of view most experts expect a shift of momentum to the East
as
the engine for future economic growth. While China is stimulating its domestic
consumption, the West is repairing its financial institutions by continued government
stimuli. The recent interventions of free market forces by governments are contrary to
the
principle of free market capitalism. On one hand we preach free market competition
and on
the other hand support is given to the collapsing banks and financial institutions with
huge
sums of public money which is unfair to companies that manage affairs properly to
survive
in the market. Such governmental interventions are contradictory to the basic
principles of
a market economy. Free market movement of goods and labour is also ironically
contradicted with incidents of protectionism, narrow national interests and restrictive
regulation. Increasingly we are facing a barrage of unnecessary regulations that
restrict
human creativity and discourage entrepreneurship. In the post-financial crisis, world,
regulatory regime will be further tightened for the financial sector resulting in the non
availability of capitals for the SME sectors which are traditionally the creative part of
the
real economy. Speculation, in terms of property, stock market and the creation of
credit
accompanied with complicated financial products mystify even the bankers and
financial
experts, let alone laymen like us. The consumers who are encouraged to live now and
pay
later are the last ingredients to this gigantic bubble that has finally burst in 2008 and
2009.
Are we going to have a double dip in 2010 or are we recovering from recession and
returning to growth after the quantitative easing of government stimuli? How will the
governments of the world pay for the trillions of dollars that are poured into the
financial
institutions to prevent it from collapsing? We cannot simply print money and forget
about
it. In my previous e-letter „Taking Pulse of the Global Economic Crisis‟ (February
2009) I
argued for the injection of the trillions of dollars into the real economy such as the
SMEs
rather than the toxic banks. Using Chinese medicine diagnosis I suggested that in
order to
deal with the symptoms of deficiency, a physician needs to look at the root causes of
this
deficiency and stimulate the organs that the body will rely on for fundamental
recovery
rather than waste our energy on curing symptoms. Following this train of thought I
can
foresee further crisis ahead until we give the patient the correct treatment. World
economic
recovery will be sluggish and there will be no clear direction until the real economy
finds
strength to create concrete wealth and jobs rather than capital speculation. Even at this
moment, the world stock markets recovery is fuelled by the “saved” banks speculating
in
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the financial markets with injected public money. This is also true in China,
increasing
stock market value and property speculations are developing into a bubble that might
cause
the next financial crisis. We have not learned our lessons yet.
Beyond economic concerns, we should look at the social issues that are facing the
world
beyond 2010. As the jobless population in many countries are rising and the
momentum of
the shift of balance heads towards the East, we may find social instability and
international
tension are on the increase. The world therefore should promote a spirit of harmony,
mutual collaboration and common interests to prevent these issues becoming the next
global crisis. It is not enough for the leaders of the world to meet occasionally at the
G20
and other summits, we need to encourage fundamental exchanges in ideas, culture,
education at the human level besides business and economic collaborations. We
should find
ways of balancing the have and the have nots in this world and prevent economic and
cultural domination by one country. Regional colours should be encouraged within
the
globalized world on the principle of parallel development and multi-lateral
interactions,
very much like the infinite creative forces expressed by the Chinese concept of Yin
Yang
interactions.
Equally important are the environmental issues of global warming, pollution, the
energy
crisis and the shortage of water, natural resources and food for our future
sustainability.
These are urgent concerns facing the brave new world in the post-economic crisis era.
2010
may mark the beginning of the process of change towards a new world order. The
development of science and technology in the past 200 years or so has given us the
belief
that we can conquer nature despite thousands of years of past wisdom in living with
nature.
Perhaps in the past we did not have the science and technology to interfere seriously
with
the forces of nature. We now have many toys in the forms of atomic weapons, carbon
dioxide generators such as cars, planes and factories producing chemicals. We can
now
radically alter the ways of nature, but the ideology of conquering nature is now giving
us
negative consequences resulting in the looming environmental problems. People are
now
thinking of carbon footprints, organic food, natural products in a move “back to
nature”.
This indicates to me that the world beyond 2010 could become one that lives in
harmony
with nature in order to solve many of the problems in our environment.
The current H1N1 epidemic is a powerful reminder of the forces of nature. Many of
my
medical meetings in Beijing have been cancelled or postponed until next year. I
predict that
governments around the world will response dramatically with mass vaccination.
Again
treating the symptoms rather than the root causes. The fundamental issues with global
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health problems are centred around international collaborations and medical
integration.
While the experts are arguing on evidence and the governments are deliberating on
regulations, patients are dying unnecessarily. We need an effective international
healthcare
system and an integrative approach to medicine now! Bias, close-mindedness and
pharmaceutical interests are preventing this from happening. Take for instance, the
implementation of the EU Traditional Herbal Medicine Registration (THMR)
Directive
(2004/24/EC) in April 2011, which will mean further restriction in consumer choice
with
the future demise of Chinese medicine in the EU if a compromise is not to be found.
This
applies to all traditional medicines and herbal supplements. Chinese herbal medicine
in a
multi-ingredient compound form of over 4 herbs cannot pass the four EMEA
experiment
tests required for licensing. The consequence of this law will not only be the denial of
the
benefits of Chinese medicine and other traditional medicine to the European public,
but
also damage east-west relations. This is a good example of the current situation in our
troubled world, with good meaning people doing the wrong thing!?
Being a man of medicine, I encountered over the past thirty odd years many
hypocritical
arguments on the subject of East-West medicine integration from both sides of the
camp.
According to a recent BMJ report, only 13% of western “evidence based medicines”
are
beneficial, with 10% unlikely to be beneficial or likely to be ineffective or harmful,
and
46% with unknown effects. How can western medical experts justify themselves in
demanding evidence from Chinese medicine?
I think open-mindedness and respect for other traditions are essential ingredients for a
harmonious world. We may disagree, we can debate the issues, we can even accept
our
differences, but we must respect each others‟ interests and traditions. Hopefully,
countries
of the world will learn to live with each other without resorting to violence or self
preservation regardless of others. Is this too noble to expect from human nature? I live
in
hope…
The extravagant consumer society may be a thing of the past. Excessive consumption
and
waste may give way to a search for quality rather than quantity. The quality of living
that
concerns every one of us means maintaining personal health and wellbeing. In the
past we
looked towards outer space, but now I can envisage people of the world beyond 2010
being
more inward looking on issues such as health, happiness and personal development,
just
like physicists looking inwards into the sub-atomic world of particles in Planck‟s
scale of
energy and distance. Some people may be thinking of their personal life with their
individual or family needs being satisfied. Some people may be looking beyond their
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physical wellness of being fed and having some fun to consider the meaning of their
existence. And this is exactly the sort of world that is emerging that will enable most
of us
to consider a conscious being rather than a purely physical economic pursuit in life.
With
advances of regenerative medicine and regulative medicine (such as Chinese
medicine)
people will have increased longevity to consider their consciousness and emotional
wellbeing.
We are now a hundred years since Einstein revealed his special and general theories
of
relativity; with the advance of Max Planck‟s quantum theory, the shift of paradigm in
our
knowledge is only beginning to be felt in general terms. The holistic relation between
the
outer world of universe or multiverses and the inward world of sub-atomic particles is
now
considered by pioneering scientists around the world. When Michio Kaku and Lisa
Randall,
both Harvard physicists, talk about hidden dimensions and parallel universes they also
mention the atomic interactions within our body. “The „objective reality‟ of Einstein
is an
illusion created by the fact that we have so many atoms in our body each one bumping
into
others, each time narrowing the number of possible universes. It‟s like looking at an
out-offocus
image through a camera. This would correspond to the microworld, where everything
seems fuzzy and indefinite. But each time you adjust the focus of the camera, the
image
gets sharper and sharper. This corresponds to trillions of tiny collisions with
neighbouring
atoms, each of which reduces the number of possible universes. In this way, we
smoothly
make the transition from the fuzzy microworld to the macroworld.”2 The leading
quantum
physicists are looking at a theory of everything by exploring the relationship between
the
miniuniverse of our body and mind and indeed of all matters in relation to the outer
universe. How a small change in an atom could have consequences in the larger scale
of the
universe is fascinating and fundamentally changing our concept of life and existence.
Theoretical physicists are now changing our perceptions not only in other disciplines
such
as biology, chemistry or medicine but also in the way that we view our existence and
consciousness.
This leads me to the fascinating subject of human consciousness. While I agree with
the
neural physiologists‟ discovery that the plasticity of the brain reacts to internal and
external
stimuli by changing itself, I also firmly believe that the state of our consciousness
forms an
important part in the future determinations of our society. Human intellect and
emotions
are powerful factors in determining the future. I believe that culture is the mass
manifestation of a common nature formed by collective experiences or neural
plasticity in
2 Michio   Kaku, Physics of the Impossible – pg 248
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the mind of a community, nation or civilization. The world beyond 2010 will be
affected by
the state of our confidence, the powerful factor of our positive consciousness
expressed in
hope, our determination to progress and our passion for life. A global consciousness
without greed will emerge with freedom and democracy in perfect balance, with
responsibilities and mutual respect. This is a lofty dream of a harmonious world
beyond
2010, beyond the economic crisis and beyond the confrontation of East and West,
beyond
the inequalities between the Third World, emerging nations and the advanced
countries.
“The global credit system is in a state of paralysis and a global slump is building
momentum as I write this. Reform of the weaknesses that made this crisis is essential,
but it
can wait a little while. First, we need to deal with the clear and present danger. To do
this,
policy makers around the world need to do two things: get credit flowing again and
prop up
spending.”3 When I read Paul Krugman‟s work „The Return of Depression Economics
and
the Crisis of 2008‟ I can clearly see that his advice is being taken and acted upon by
world
leaders including Obama. But how many of these leaders will pause to think that
abundant
credits encourage speculations and excessive spending encourage people to live
beyond
their means. These are the precise reasons that created the current financial bubble,
the
bursting of which has caused misery for the majority of people who prefer hard work
rather
than speculations. I could not help but to remind the Nobel Prize winner in economics
that
he has ignored the powerful energy of the people in the non-financial world that
creates
real wealth. The passion and hope of our hard-working population for their survival
and
their children‟s future are the determining factors in an economy without bubbles.
They are
the ones that deserve most of the available trillions to spur the real recovery instead of
the
black hole of the toxic banks. The world then will be ensured of a bright future.
When winter ends spring will come, as the snow melts, flowers will bloom. The green
shoots of life will blossom once again on earth. While the West Hills are full of
fragrance,
the Eastern Sea is harmonious, our people‟s living will be enhanced by elegance. The
little
globe will reveal the true meaning of life……
Greetings from Man Fong Mei (梅万方), London
December 2009
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3 Paul Krugman The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008 – pg.184




Observations on the Renaissance of Chinese
Culture....
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August 2009
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Observations on the
Renaissance of Chinese Culture and the West
观视中华文化的复兴与西方世界

“Live as an inspired person.” – This is a concept of being that is pursued by scholars
and philosophers in ancient China, a period of the Chinese civilization in which a
hundred schools of philosophy flourished (诸子百家) . Subsequent dynasties of
Chinese history saw warring states, booming economies and excessive elitist
indulgence in material and cultural living as well as peasants‟ uprisings.

The history of China has been a periodic interlude of conflicts and stability that
produced a great cultural heritage in arts and literature. The central theme of Chinese
civilization has always been anchored to the establishment of harmony within the
middle kingdom. The dream of renaissance has also been the common passion of
Chinese people for many generations since the Opium War when imperial China was
overpowered by the west at the end of the 19th century. On the foundation of an
economic miracle in China, after a hundred years of soul searching struggle to save
the Chinese civilization, China finally opens up with confidence to a world of
globalised corporations, consumerism and western popular culture singing of
technology. The Chinese have been examining the depth of their tradition, against the
dynamic western civilization firstly in terms of social development. How to change
China‟s social structure from an imperial-feudal society to a modern nation?
Generations of intelligentsia devoted their life to learn from the West in an attempt to
save the Chinese civilization from decline and extinction which would have been a
disaster for humanity. A culture that has been living in harmony with nature for five
thousand years is learning a new concept of “transformation of nature and the world”,
a dynamism which excited many thinkers and leaders of China that led to the
acceptance of “Marxism” in order to transform China into a modern nation following
Lenin‟s October Revolution in Russia.
The forsaken road swept by Dr. Sun Yatsen in his 1911 democratic revolution
overthrowing the Qing emperor did not result in China adopting a capitalist way of
development despite nearly four decades of republicanism. Instead Mao Zedong was
triumphant after a united war of resistance against the Japanese invasion and
established the People‟s Republic of China on 1st October 1949. A gigantic effort to
transform China in accordance to the ideology of socialism was mounted for three
decades, culminating in the final movement with the Cultural Revolution mobilizing
the youth to change China. The rapid advance in the west with capitalized economy
and social democracy brought the whole Chinese nation again to embrace the “open-
door” policy of Deng Xiaoping in accelerating the transformation of China
economically into a strong modern nation. Again and again, the Chinese people
struggled and suffered but passionately threw themselves in this historic process of
transformation, adhering to the famous words of Karl Marx “Philosophers of the past
described the world, the point however is to change it.”

Following the open door policy of Deng in the spirit of his concept of “the cat that
catches the mice”, China has been experiencing a miracle of economic growth and
booming consumerism. However, after the Sichuan earthquake in 2008, the Chinese
people were shocked into rethinking the concept of “human transformation of nature”
and revive their traditional value of “living in harmony with nature”. The
globalisation process of our modern world is affecting China socially and
economically. China‟s current leaders are making clear that “living in harmony” with
the rest of the world will be the central theme in their interaction with the outside
world. One quarter of mankind is making a statement epitomized in the symbolic
spirit expressed during the “Beijing Olympics”.

“We wish to integrate with the world with mutual respects and mutual interest for the
advancement of human civilization”. The current general sentiment of the Chinese
people is a historical announcement of the dawn of the renaissance of Chinese culture
that has much more implication to the world than the Olympic spirit.

Tradition and modernism are now attempting to synergize in China, which may
influence the rest of the world. The renaissance of Chinese culture will impact not just
the intellectual development of ideas, arts, science and technology, but also will
influence the future of economic, social and political geography that will shape the
twenty-first century.

As a lifetime observer of China and the West, I have been continuously amazed by the
unexpected twists and turns in the patterns of change in both East and West. During
many exchanges between China and the West, the differences in attitude and culture
often led to misunderstandings and conflicts. It is only in the face of the recent global
economic crisis that the West looks to China for help in recovering from a possibly
prolonged economic melt down. But for the Chinese the interactions with the West
are not purely an economic expression, nor simply a political act. Instead, China‟s
main challenge will be her cultural heritage in contrast with the West. Chinese
medicine represents the traditional wisdom that is seeking a modern interpretation
relevant to our globalised scientific world. Throughout her 5000 years of recorded
history, China has been evolving a social system, ways of life according to her
philosophical traditions of Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism.
The Middle Kingdom (中国) or the central civilization (中华), as the Chinese identify
themselves, has been protecting their agrarian civilization from historic nomadic
tribes symbolized by the construction of the Great Wall. „Culture” was the distinction
between her and her neighbors. Today, all the elements of Chinese culture are infused
in the “herb concoction” of Chinese medicine with acupuncture piercing the
intellectual bubbles of the West. Now the establishments of the West are reacting with
the demands for safety, quality and scientific evidence to protect their interests. Yet at
the same time, the general public is embracing a “return to Nature” by voting for
Chinese medicine with their bodies and pockets. If this is the direction that
characterizes the exchange between China and the West, then we need to urgently
integrate our systems of medicine before healthcare becomes the battlefield between
East and West in the coming bio-economic age.

Medicine involves not only people‟s health, economic interests but also intellectual
thoughts in the theory of knowledge, science and philosophy of life. In medicine, we
will see a total encounter between China and the West. There are no geographic
frontiers for medicine. In China, the debate between schools of thoughts enrages as
vigorously as in the West for the validity of integration in medicine and other
healthcare systems. The debate also transcends cultures and academic disciplines. The
philosophical concepts of Chinese medicine are being confirmed by experimental
particle physics and the theorems of the quantum physicists. Yet, this is an issue that
affects all of us. Our health is paramount to our existence. We have only one life, one
body. Do our doctors have the wisdom to keep us well without harming us? What sort
of side effects would we get in our course of treatment with drugs or surgery? Can we
be in charge of our own health again and have the freedom of choice for our own
healthcare without relying on a “nanny” social system?

We live in a world of dichotomies. Maybe we should learn from Hegel and Lao Tse to
become a peaceful being in the complex world. Before setting off to chair a session on
medical education at Nottingham University, I leave you with some of the thoughts of
the “life time observer”. After all, these questions are also relevant to him when he
retires from observing! He should enjoy his birthday today and everyday thereafter.




Professor Man Fong Mei FInstD, PhD, FRSA, FCMIR


Academic Title: Professor
Primary Appointment: Medical physics
Secondary Appointments: Integrative clinical medicine
Additional Title(s): Chairman, CMIR, CMC and CUC;
Vice-chair, WFCMS, IAS, SCCMM, EIC;
Director, AcuMedic Foundation

Location: London
Contact: mfm@acumedic.com

15th August 2009
London

				
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