This is to remind you that our clinic will be closed from 28th of June to 20th of July 2023 for holiday. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you need to get into contact with us, please leave us a voicemail at 01738 587989 or email us at [email protected] and we will… Continue reading Notice

Why Acupuncture Is Going Mainstream in Medicine

‘According to a 2021 World Health Organization report, acupuncture is the most widely used traditional medicine practice globally, and it’s gaining traction in the U.S. In 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services began covering acupuncture for the first time for chronic low back pain.’ The article recent published in TIME that Why Acupuncture… Continue reading Why Acupuncture Is Going Mainstream in Medicine

A brief introduction to modern acupuncture FSN

Fu’s Subcutaneous Needling (FSN), also called Floating Acupuncture (FA) is a new acupuncture technique which is invented by Chinese medical doctor, Dr Zhong-hua Fu in 1996. This acupuncture technique is based on theories of modern  biomedical science, by using a modified acupuncture needle to stimulate areas where nearby trigger points,  to treat musculoskeletal conditions and… Continue reading A brief introduction to modern acupuncture FSN

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you wanted to know about acupuncture but were too afraid it would hurt to ask.. Does acupuncture hurt? Not usually. A tingling or pressure sensation is often described at the point (considered to be a good therapeutic sign) during the treatment, but the needles are so fine (traditional acupuncture needles’ diameter is only 0.2-0.3mm)… Continue reading Frequently Asked Questions

Acupuncture and Induction of Labour

Rosie’s baby was one-week overdue when she came to Meridian Clinic for her treatment on Monday, though her doctor considered her health condition and suggested medical induction, she had faith in acupuncture as she had previous experience of success with her endometriosis and fertility. She preferred to avoid medical intervention and tried acupuncture for a… Continue reading Acupuncture and Induction of Labour

Scotland’s ‘Freedom Day’

After a year and a half of a tough period of time, ‘Freedom Day’ in Scotland arrives as the country moves beyond Level 0 coronavirus restrictions at midnight which is three weeks after England had done. Most restrictions are removed from today, people finally have got their freedom back! Legal requirements for physical distancing and… Continue reading Scotland’s ‘Freedom Day’

Acupuncture and Osteoarthritis

“No pain, no pain. Amazing!”  Mrs Taylor, an 81-year-old lady, comes into the clinic for her appointment, kicking her leg out, with a big smile on her face. Mrs Taylor’s last visit to our clinic was one week ago and received her first acupuncture treatment for her knee. She’s had a sore knee for over… Continue reading Acupuncture and Osteoarthritis

A new theory of FSN acupuncture, an immunological hypothesis of FSN acupuncture  which also known as ‘cobweb mechanism’, has been published in Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies recently (Image 1: The author, Dr Wenbo Xu, giving his presentation at London Conference 2019).

FSN acupuncture is based on the studies of modern physiology, biology, anatomy and histology. Currently, individual ‘tightened muscle’ is the primary indicator for FSN acupuncture. However, the mechanism of FSN is still not clear. This paper based on the theoretical and clinical studies in biomedical science, using logic and inference, postulates the immunological hypothesis of FSN. It is hypothesized that through the stimulation of the subcutaneous tissue,FSN acupuncture is considered to arouse and active the immune system and self-healing mechanism, in so doing this promotes and accelerates the process of tissue repair and function rehabilitation (Image 2: The process of FSN mechanism).

Likewise, subcutaneous connective tissue, the main issue FSN worked on, is also a continuous network that surrounds organs and tissues throughout our body, which shares the very similar characteristics in structure with cobweb. In order to vividly describe the proses of the immune system responding to the FSN stimulation of ‘connective tissue’, the authors use the spider and its ‘cobweb’ intruder as an analogy, so immunological hypothesis of FSN can also be understood as ‘cobweb mechanism’ (Image 3: Cobweb and Connective Tissue).

The establishment of the cobweb mechanism of FSN reveals the internal causes and processes of the action of FSN treatment and makes up for the deficiency of the existing theory, the tightened muscle theory. It has a great guiding significance for the expansion of FSN clinical indications and the improvement of its therapeutic effect.

In addition, “cobweb theory” provides a new perspective on the study of acupuncture mechanism, and it may also promote the study for discovering the mystery of traditional acupuncture too.