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67. Dr. Jun Xu’s calling from West Africa

Mar 5, 2017   //   by drxuacupuncture   //   Blog, Case Discussions, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Dr. Jun Xu went to Leprosy village in 2013, 2014 and 2016, soon he will go to the leprosy village on March 31, 2017.

In 2013, there was no a single room being used for treatment in the leprosy village, Dr. Xu and his team had to use a tent. The temperature was around 125 Fahrenheit degrees.

The leprosy patients were waiting for their turn to be attended. Dr. Jun Xu saw about 200 patients a day.

Typical leprosy patient:
Early Stages
Spots of hypopigmented skin- discolored spots which develop on the skin
Anaesthesia(loss of sensation) in hypthese opigmented spots can occur as well as hair loss
“Skin lesions that do not heal within several weeks of and injury are a typical sign of leprosy.” (Sehgal 24)

Progression of disease

“Enlarged peripheral nerves, usually near joints, such as the wrist, elbow and knees.”(Sehgal 24)
Nerves in the body can be affected causing numbess and muscle paralysis
Claw hand- the curling of the fingers and thumb caused by muscle paralysis
Blinking reflex lost due to leprosy’s affect on one’s facial nerves; loss of blinking reflex can eventually lead to dryness, ulceration, and blindness
“Bacilli entering the mucous lining of the nose can lead to internal damage and scarring that, in time, causes the nose to collapse.”(Sehgal 27)
“Muscles get weaker, resulting in signs such as foot drop (the toe drags when the foot is lifted to take a step)”(Sehgal 27)

Long-term Effects
“If left untreated, leprosy can cause deformity, crippling, and blindness. Because the bacteria attack nerve ending, the terminal body parts (hands and feet) lose all sensations and cannot feel heat, touch, or pain, and can be easily injured…. Left unattended, these wounds can then get further infected and cause tissue damage.” (Sehgal 27)
As a result to the tissue damage, “fingers and toes can become shortened, as the cartilage is absorbed into the body…Contrary to popular belief, the disease does not cause body parts to ‘fall off’.” (Sehgal 27)

Every year, Dr. Jun Xu and his team bring around $300,000 worth of medicine donated from his team members and Americares in Stamford, CT to treat the leprosy and other patients in Senegal and Guinea Bissau., in 2017, his team also received medicine donation from Direct Relief in California,
Dr. Jun Xu and his team finally established a clinic in the leprosy village, one building for the clinic, and another building for the living of doctors and nurses.

Leprosy village people were celebrating the opening of the clinic.

There are 8 wards, which could hospitalize the patients if it is medically necessary.

Dr. Jun Xu’s team usually stay in Senegal for 10 to 14 days, these are the foods his team brought from US in order to keep them health and safe. They do not dare to eat street food.

The above are the coolants contained food Dr. Jun Xu’s team brought from US

Dr. Jun Xu and his team from US in 2006.
If you are interested in joining Dr. Jun Xu’s team or donating to his work in Senegal, please address your check payable to AGWV, and send to
Jun Xu, MD, 1171 E Putnam Avenue, Riverside, CT 06878, USA.
Dr. Xu promises that all your donation 100% will go to Senegal and his team will nerve use a penny from your donation. You will receive the tax deductible receipt. Any amount is a great help for Africa patients.
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8: Acupuncture and Allergy and Sinusitis

Aug 25, 2009   //   by drxuacupuncture   //   Blog, Case Discussions, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Dear Friends:

I assume you have had a wonderful summer. Now it is the time for our news letter 8 – allergy and sinusitis. If you think any of your friends or family members might be interested, feel free to forward this to them.  I hope your friends and you will enjoy it.

Best regards,

Jun Xu, M.D and Hong Su Xu, C.M.D.

News Letter, Vol. 1 (8), August, 2009, © Copyright


Jun Xu, M.D. Lic. Acup., Hong Su, C.M.D., Lic. Acup.;

Rehabilitation Medicine and Acupuncture Center

1171 East Putnam Avenue, Building 1, 2nd Floor

Greenwich, CT 06878

Tel: (203) 637-7720

Case Discussion: Allergy and Sinusitis





Dan J was a 16-year-old boy who came to me complaining of itchy and pinky eyes, difficulty breathing, headaches, and a runny nose which exuded yellow and green sputum for two weeks.  The patient had experienced these symptoms on and off for more than five years and they got worse  during the spring and autumn and better in the summer.   He was diagnosed with allergies which sometimes developed into sinusitis. He was given Allegra, benadral and other antihistamine medication.  At the beginning, this treatment helped, however, after about a week or two the medication stopped working. The patient was also given allergy shot with multiple antigens for more than one year. However, it seems not working too. His symptoms are very often developed to severe sinusitis headache, poor sleep and difficulty in concentration. His physician often has to prescribe antibiotics to prevent the infection further development. His mother is very concerned about the frequent usage of antibiotics, therefore today, he is brought to me. He reported he has all the symptoms listed above, with the addition of a minor outbreak of hives on his face and body.

Explanation of Illness

Allergies are an abnormal reaction to an ordinary, harmless substance called allergen.  They are many different allergens, such as pollen, dust, fur and mold.  When the allergens are absorbed into the body through inspiration or skin contact,  people’s immune system will have a chain reaction, and the white blood cells will produce IgE antibodies.  These antibodies attach themselves to mast cells which will cause the release of histamine and other potent chemicals.  This histamine will cause a spasm of smooth muscle on the respiratory tract, sinus, skin, ear and other body parts and then leading to runny nose, watery eyes, itching, and sneeze. If the sinus is infected with virus and bacteria, sinusitis occur and patients will feel sinus headache and fever.

There are three major sinus: 1. Frontal, 2. Ethnoid and 3. Maxillary sinuses, which are easily infected or irritated with allergens.

pic2There are five types of allergic reactions according to western medicine:

  1. Seasonal allergic rhinitis.
  2. Allergic rhinitis.
  3. Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
  4. Contact dermatitis.
  5. Urtcaria (hives).

Symptoms can be from mild to severe and are usually treated with antihistamines, decongestants, cortisone products (which might produce long ranging side effects), local chain modifiers which will block the effects of inflammatory chemicals and mast cell stabilizers.


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes allergies and sinusitis are one disease with two different manifestations and stages.  In the first stage, the patient’s immune system is weakened.  When the weather changes, antigens, such as dust and mould increase and  invade the human body through the skin, mouth and nose, casing symptoms of the lung and the liver.   The symptoms of lung show shortness of breath and secretion from the sinus, the nose is the opening for the lung.  If there is allergen invasion from outside,  and  the patient’s body is not strong enough to combat it – especially if the immune system is in a weak state – the weak immune system will make the  lung symptoms worse.  This is why different people face the same allergen invasion and have different responses.  Most people are not allergic to dust, mould and the like.  They have no problem with allergens.  However, some people suffer from this condition because their immune system is weakened and their body energy is low, especially in the lung.  The liver function corresponds to the eye, i.e. the opening outlet of liver is eye. Therefore, if the lever function is low and weak, the eye symptoms such as itchy, pinky and tearing eye are more prominent.

Treatment Through Acupuncture:

Type 1:

  1. Allergic sinusitis.  We use LI 20 (Ying Xiang), which corresponding to maxillary sinus,  LI11 (Qu Chi), LI 4(He Gu) and GB 20 (Feng Chi).

Frontal sinusitis: add UB 2 (Zan Zhu)

Ethmoid sinusitis: add SI 18 (Quan Liao)

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Table 4-1

chart4Notes: Please see news letter 5 for table 1 and Pic 1 series, news letter 6 for table 2 and Pic 2 series Newsletter 7 for table 3 and Pic 3 series  from for the location and photos of the acupuncture points.

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Acupressure Tips for patients:

  1. The key acupressure points are LI 20, UB2 and GB14. You will feel your sinus opening by pressing the above points in both sides for 5 min of each and 2 to 3 sessions.
  2. Irrigating your sinuses with normal saline or some Chinese herbs solution might give you a significant improvement.

Acupuncture Tips for Practitioners:

  1. By electrical stimulation the points of LI 20 (Ying Xiang), UB 2 (Zan Zhu)  and GB 14 (Yang Bai), you may give patients a surprise that their sinusitis and headache might go away within one to two sessions, because the above points may increase the opening of the sinus and drain the sinus. The patients will feel “the pressure over the sinus” are much less after the treatment.
  2. LI 20 (Ying Xiang) is the outlet of the large intestine meridian and is adjacent to the nose, thus LI 20 connects the nose to the sinus after stimulation of the point. By stimulation of points of LI 20, UB 2 and GB 14, the treatment desensitizes the mucus membrane and decreases the amount of secretion. Hu Gu is the original location of the large intestine point, which can make the invasion of the allergen decrease and also will expel the allergen from the body. GB 20 (Feng Chi) will  enhance LI 4 (He Gu) of the  function to expel the invasion of the allergen.

Type II

For allergic eye symptoms we use GB20 (Feng  Chi ), LI11 (Qu Chi), LI 4(He Gu) plus the followings, St 1 (Cheng Qi),  St 2 (Si Bai), SJ 23 (Si Zu Kong) GB 14 (Yang Bai), GB 1 (Tong Zi Liao), UB 2 (Zan Zhu), UB 1 (Qing Ming), ST 8 (Tou Wei) and Ex-HN5 (Tai Yang).

For itching in the ear, add SJ 21 (Er Meng) and SI 19 (Ting Gong), GB 2 (Ting Hui).

See Table 4-2,  Pic 4-1 and Pic 4-2

chart6pic7Acupressure Tips for patients:

  1. For patient with itching ear and tinnitus, SI 19, SJ 21 and GB 2 are the best choice. You may press the above points for 3 to 5 min, 2 to 3 sessions per day for  2 weeks, you will realize the beauty of the points.
  2. For tearing and itching eye, GB 1, UB1 and St 1 are good choice.

Acupuncture Tips for practitioners:

  1. Electrical stimulations for SI 19, SJ 21 and GB 2 will greatly improve hearing, tinnitus and decrease the ear itching. You have to further differentiate the symptoms based on the patient’s body types,  there are two subtypes:
    1. Kidney Yang deficiency accompanied with symptom of cold in all 4 extremities, fatigue, and clean and long urine: add UB 23 (Sheng Shu) see Pic 3-1 and table 3-4.
    2. Gall Bladder fire excess accompanied with symptom of thirty, bitter in the mouth, inflamed eye, add GB 34 (Yang Ling Quan)  and Li 3 (Tai Chong).

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  1. GB 20 (Feng Chi) ( See Pic 1-1 and table 1-1)  protects the patient from the allergen invasion and strengthens the immune function of the human body.  St 8 (Tou Wei) and Ex-HN5 (Tai Yang) are around the scalp, and will decrease headaches.

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pic10Initially Dan J underwent my treatment for four visits.   On his first visit, after about 20 minutes, his eyes were dry and his sinuses had stopped running, which made him happy and much more comfortable.   With three more treatments, his symptoms were almost gone. After discussing the case with his mother, Dan J came back for continued treatment, for a total of ten visits.  His problem was mainly due to a weakened immune system with deficiency of Kidney and Lung.  he needed acupuncture to help him improve these systems, thus casting off the effects of allergens on his body.

After subsiding his symptom, Dan was advised to return to my office during summer for about 12 visits, even then he did not have any symptom. After these treatments, Dan’s immune system was much strengthened, he only needed to come to me at the beginning of the next few  allergy seasons for five to six visits. Recently, however, his symptoms are so much improved, that he no longer needs to consult me, even at the beginning of new allergy season.

Tips for everybody:

“Strengthening your Yang in the summer, nourishing your Ying in the winter” is the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which guides TCM practitioners for more than two thousand years. It means that the patients of allergy, sinusitis and asthma should be treated during summer for strengthening their Yang, i.e. immune system. The acupuncture points are UB 13 (Lung, Fei Shu), UB 15 (Heart, Xin Shu), UB 20 (Spleen, Pi Shu) and UB 23 (Kidney, Shen Shu). This is the reason  I requested Dan J came to my office during summer for 12 visits.

6: Acupuncture and Bronchitis

Jun 25, 2009   //   by drxuacupuncture   //   Blog, Case Discussions, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Dear Friends and Patients:

Time flies! Now it is the time for our news letter 6, bronchitis. You may find some useful info for your reference. So far, we have sent out total 6 news letters in this year. If you or your friends would like to read previous news letters, please visit: You are welcome to forward our news letters to your friends. Here are the titles of all of the previous case discussions:

1. Unexplained infertility

2. Headaches

3. Weight control

4. Osteoporosis

5. Common cold

Thank you very much and have a wonderful July 4th!

Best wishes,

Jun Xu, M.D., & Hong Su Xu, C.M.D.

News Letter, Vol. 1 (6), June, 2009, © Copyright


Jun Xu, M.D. Lic. Acup., Hong Su, C.M.D., Lic. Acup.;

Rehabilitation Medicine and Acupuncture Center

1171 East Putnam Avenue, Building 1, 2nd Floor

Greenwich, CT 06878

Tel: (203) 637-7720

Case Discussion: Bronchitis





Susan W., a 45-year-old female. came to my office complaining of a severe cough which had lasted for about three or four weeks.  It caused her tremendous pain on her chest and abdominal muscle and she also coughed out yellowish greenish phlegm and sometimes experienced wheezing and shortness of breath; she also was running a low fever and had chills and  muscle aches.  She also suffered nasal congestion and sore throat and had difficulty swallowing  food.  Her ears were blocked, making it  difficult to hear, and she was extremely uncomfortable in many areas when she came to me for evaluation and treatment.

This patient most likely had bronchitis, an irritation and inflammation of the airways.  It is often triggered by the upper respiratory tract infection such as the common cold or influenza, and can also be caused by sinus infection, as well as exposure to irritating fume or dust or fur of cats or dogs or tobacco smoke.  According to Western medicine, there are five types of bronchitis based on western medicine:

1.         Acute bronchitis.  It will last about several days to weeks and usually it will clear up on its own.

2.         Viral bronchitis.  This is triggered by viral infection such as common cold.

3.         Occupational bronchitis.  Patients are exposed to lung irritants in one’s home or work place and the treatment usually is withdraw from the place.

4.         Chronic bronchitis.  The above symptoms will last for longer than three months or recur at a frequency over period of years so this chronic bronchitis usually is not caused by infection but is very often associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.

5.         Asthmatic bronchitis refers to the same symptoms but the underlying cause is asthma.

Traditional Chinese medicine believes bronchitis is a lung disease which results either from attack of the exogenous pathogenic factors or from disorders of the lung itself.

For the invasion of the exogenous pathogenic factors, there are two types:

1.  Wind cold: The main manifestations are cough, itching in the throat, thick white sputum, and the patient is easily susceptible to cold, with symptoms such as fever,  anihidrosis, headache, nasal obstruction and discharge with thin white tongue coating, and superficial pulse.

2. Wind heat:  The main manifestations are choking cough with yellowish thick sputum, thirst, sore throat, fever, headache, and  the patients are aversion to wind and with symptom of sweating, with thin yellow tongue coating and superficial and rapid pulse.

For the internal organ injury of the lung, there are two types.

1. Blockage of the lung by  phlegm.  The main manifestation is cough with profuse, thick white sputum and stuffiness and congestion of the chest, loss of appetite, white sticky tongue coating, and rolling pulse.

2. Dryness of the lung with deficiency of yin.  This is manifested  by dry cough without sputum or with scanty sputum, dryness of the nose and throat, sore throat, spitting – or even – coughing of blood, afternoon fever, malar flash, red tongue, with thick tongue coating, and rapid pulse.


Treatment:Western medicine.

By far the majority of bronchial cases are originally from viral infections, this means that most cases of bronchitis are short term and require nothing more than symptomatic treatment.  Since antibiotics do not cure a viral illness, overuse of antibiotics  will make the bacteria habituated in the respiratory tract resistant to the antibiotics currently available.  Many doctors  prescribe antibiotics because they feel pressure from the patients. If they do not prescribe certain antibody, then the patient will think the doctor did nothing to help.

We can use acetaminophen to control the fever, such as,  Tylenol, aspirin, or ibuprofen.  Also the patient should drink as much  fluid as possible in order to clear the body, dilute the virus and to make the virus dissipate in the body’s  fluid.  A humidifier might also help and over-the-counter cough suppressants such as the Robitussin  and Mucinex might also assist in loosening the secretions.

Bronchodilator inhalers will help open airways and decrease the wheezing. If there is bacterial infection, then antibiotics should be prescribed.

Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture treatments:

1.         For wind cold.  You may choose acupuncture points such as Lu 7 Lie Que, LI 4 He Gu, and UB13 Fei Shu (Lung Shu), and with supplementary points for pain and swelling of the throat, Lu11 Shao Shang, and for fever and aversion to cold Du14 Da Zhui and SJ 5 Wai Guan.

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2.         For wind heat: UB 13 Fei Shu, Lu 5 Chi Ze, Du 14 Da Zhui, LI 11 Qu Chi.

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3.         For the internal lung injury with the blockage of the lung by phlegm, so we select back-shu points and other lung points: like UB13 Fei Shu, Ren 12 Zhong Wan, Lu 5 Chi Ze, St 36 Zu San Li, St 40 Feng Long.

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Acupressure tips for patients:

1.      The most important points are Fei Shu, UB 13. Ask your friend or family member press the points on both side for 5 min each, alternately press until you feel energy flow go through your lung.

2.      If you have fever or feel very cold, press Da Zhui, Du 14 for 10 min, then press Fei Shu. UB 13, which will greatly improve  your immune ability and quickly decrease your cough and respiratory symptom, such as cough, sneeze, etc.

Acupuncture tips for acupuncture practitioners:

1.      Always electrically stimulate Fei Shu , UB 13. If the patient has wind cold, Lie Que, Lu 7 and Da Zhui, Du 14; for wind heat, Qu Chi, LI 11 and Da Zhui, Du 14.

2.      Combined Fei Shu, UB 13 with Zu Sanli St36 and Feng Long, St 40, you may greatly improve your patient’s immune function.

The above patient was diagnosed to have wind cold so after the treatment for about one week and her symptoms disappeared and she returned to work.

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