About acupuncture, what is government voice?  ( Advice from CAP)

Note: This advice is given by the CAP Executive about non-broadcast advertising. It does not constitute legal advice. It does not bind CAP, CAP advisory panels or the Advertising Standards Authority.
This section should be read in conjunction with the entry on Health: Therapies (General)
Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into the skin and underlying tissues in key ‘points’ for therapeutic or preventative purposes. The stimulation of certain “trigger points” – probably nerve fibres or receptors – with needles, electrical impulses or lasers is thought to induce rhythmic discharges that cause a release of endogenous opioids and oxytocin.
CAP understands that no compulsory regulation exists for acupuncture practitioners and the ASA is yet to consider whether, for those practitioners who are registered with an appropriately accredited body, they are likely to be considered to be suitably qualified for the purposes of the Code (Rule 12.2). Therefore, CAP advises that marketers should not claim to treat (or discourage essential medical treatment for) any conditions for which medical supervision should be sought  However, where practitioners are registered with a body that has appropriate accreditation in place, such as that provided by the Professional Standards Authority Voluntary Register Scheme, it seems likely that the ASA will consider such credentials to be appropriate evidence of suitable qualification. This does not absolve marketers of their obligation to hold robust evidence to support efficacy claims.
The ASA investigated a complaint about two leaflets which made efficacy claims for Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Group Acupuncture. It stated “Some of the conditions we treat include: – Women’s health, including disturbances of the menstrual cycle, gynaecological disorders – Men’s health, including prostatitis, urinary disorders, fertility – Emotional issues, stress, anxiety, depression, addictions – Headaches, migraines, tinnitus, dizziness, vertigo – Sleep disturbances – Immune system imbalances, allergies, Herpes zoster (Shingles) – Gastro-intestinal conditions – Musculoskeletal problems including joint pain, back pain – Upper respiratory disorders e.g. sinusitis, asthma – Hypertension (High blood pressure)”. The advertiser acknowledged that it did not hold evidence for all the claims in the ad and volunteered to remove those for which it did not hold evidence. For the remainder, it submitted a significant body of evidence, some of which the ASA submitted to be reviewed independently by an expert. Although the evidence demonstrated that acupuncture could be effective in the relief of pain associated with some conditions, the ASA considered that the advertisers went further than the evidence supported and concluded that the ad was misleading (University College London Hospitals t/a The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, 12 June 2013).
In light of the evidence reviewed, CAP accepts that practitioners of acupuncture may provide the following:
Short-term improvement in the symptoms of overactive bladder syndrome (through electro-acupuncture at the SP6 point)

Short-term relief of tension type headaches

Short-term relief of migraine headache

Short-term relief of chronic low back pain

Short-term relief of neck pain or chronic neck pain

Short-term relief from temporomandibular (TMD/TMJ) pain

Temporary adjunctive treatment for osteoarthritis knee pain

CAP is unlikely to accept claims that acupuncture can treat tinnitus or can control appetite. Although commonly claimed, we have not seen evidence that acupuncture can either help quit smoking or aid weight loss (Chinese Medicine Centre, 14 January 2004). Claims that acupuncture can help detoxify the body, improve blood circulation, increase metabolism, boost energy, deal with feeling blue, general facial pain, trouble sleeping, elbow pain or shoulder pain are likely to be problematic.

It is possible to advertise the purely sensory effects of acupuncture and make claims about well-being and well-feeling or to use phrases such as “feel revitalised”, “more positive” or “relaxed”. The ASA is yet to be presented with appropriate evidence that acupuncture can be beneficial for those suffering from dental pain and nausea and advertisers should ensure they hold robust evidence before making such claims.
Marketers occasionally claim that acupuncture can help delay or prevent ageing. To date, neither CAP nor the ASA has seen evidence that acupuncture can slow down, reverse or relieve the superficial signs of ageing or heal scarring. Marketers should not make claims relating to the improvement of the appearance of skin conditions.
Neither CAP nor the ASA accepts that hand-held acupuncture and acupressure devices work (SCD Ltd, 17 April 2013; Alliance International Ltd, 28 January 2009).


My acupuncture Clinic is fully open! Call us on 07967525168 for your appointment

Advice to Members on Back-to-Work (Update 10th July 2020)

ATCM Council and ATCM Expert Group on COVID-19

Clinic Emergency Sub-Group

10th July 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the normal clinical practice of our members. Now that the government has started to implement the staged back-to-work measures. Further easing announcements were made yesterday that “beauty salons, nail bars, tattoo and massage studios, physical therapy businesses and spas across England will be able to reopen safely from Monday 13 July under new government plans”. Therefore, the ATCM Council, ATCM Expert Group on COVID-19 and Clinic Emergency Sub-Group would like to make the following updated advice to members.

According to the current situation as of 10th July 2020, the ATCM would like to advise members the following:

1. From 13th July, members in England can carefully give patients face to face acupuncture and cupping treatment under the following conditions: a. make a proper risk assessment; b. have proper effective protective measures in place.

2. From 13th July, members in England can carefully give patients face to face consultation for Chinese herbal medicine treatment and dispense Chinese herbal medicine prescriptions: a. make a proper risk assessment; b. have proper effective protective measures in place.

3. From 13th July, members in England can carefully give patients Tuina massage treatment under the following conditions: a. make a proper risk assessment; b. have proper effective protective measures in place.

4. Members in other areas of the UK must follow their devolved governments’ guidelines when returning to work.

5. Members must wait for further new advice from ATCM council, which will be updated promptly in line with future development of the government’s guidelines.

We must emphasise again that:

1. Members must follow the guidelines of the central government and the local councils before they decide whether they can go back to work.

2. Members must strictly comply with ATCM’s “Clinic Reopening Regulation to Members” as circulated on 29th May 2020 when going back to work.

3. Members must strictly comply with ATCM’s “Code of Practice” and “Code of Professional Conduct” when going back to work.

4. The ATCM may update its back-to-work advice at any time in the next few weeks and months. Members must pay attention to all the notices and advices made by the ATCM regarding Covid-19.

The current COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, and a 2nd wave cannot be ruled out. Members must continue to be vigilant, always follow the central and local governments’ guideline and the ATCM’s notices, and not to practise illegally.

ATCM Council

ATCM Expert Group on COVID-19

Clinic Emergency Sub-Group

Coronavirus Update. For Zak acupuncture clinic patients

Coronavirus Update

For patients visiting Zak acupuncture Clinic.

Many of you will be concerned about the reports around Covid-19 (coronavirus) especially as developments are happening so rapidly and probably wondering if it is a good idea to come to the clinic for treatment. As a healthcare provider I will remain open and carry on as usual.

At present we at Zak acupuncture Clinic are following the advice from Public Health England and the NHS, as well as our governing bodies. Our advice to you for attending Zak Clinic is following this guidance and for you to take the following precautions:

– wash your hands thoroughly and regularly. When arriving at the clinic we ask that all visitors wash their hands or use the hand sanitiser to keep you and everyone on the premises safe.

– avoid directly touching other people through hand shaking.

– cough into your elbow or into a tissue which should be disposed of immediately after use and then use hand sanitiser or wash hands thoroughly.

– if you are displaying signs of cold or flu then do not attend the clinic.

I will also be upholding these precautions, as well as being extra vigilant with handwashing and sanitising the treatment room and equipment between patients.

However, for your own safety, if you are over 70 or have an underlying health condition (e.g. cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes or suffering from cancer) I recommend that you do not visit the clinic. Instead, I’m able to offer a telephone consultation if you need advice.

We care deeply for the wellbeing of all our patients and your families and would like to continue providing you with the care and services you need from us to help preserve your good health. If we are advised by the government to close, or if circumstances mean that we need to close, then we will inform you of this at the earliest opportunity.

In the meantime if you have any concerns or worries please feel free to get in touch either by telephone at 07967525168 or email at hanzhentong@hotmail.com.Otherwise we remain very much at your service.

Kind regards

Zak Han. MB. MATCM

(FROM ATCM) Recommendation of Traditional Chinese Medicine to help fight against COVID-19

Letter to P.M.

5th March 2020
Re: Recommendation of Traditional Chinese Medicine to help fight against COVID-19

I am writing to you on behalf of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture UK (ATCM) to offer our limited help in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The ATCM members are very worried about the COVID-19 epidemic in the UK. As Chinese medicine professionals, our members would like to offer their specialist experience and skills to help fight against this virus. Currently, we all know that due to the nature of this new strain of virus, there are no effective medicines to cure the disease yet, apart from giving patients symptomatic supportive management. Our colleagues in China, however, have used Chinese medicine to help treat patients infected with this virus, and the primitive result is encouraging. China’s State Administrative Office of Chinese Medicine has published and updated seven versions of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) guidelines to help treating the coronavirus, including several TCM formulae for coronavirus pneumonia.

We should all have noticed that in the recent weeks in Wuhan and other parts of China, since Chinese medical doctors were encouraged to use Chinese medicine to treat the patients, the curative rate has been increased while the fatality has been decreased significantly. This demonstrates that Chinese medicine may be one of the effective modalities in fighting this epidemic.

Founded in 1994 in the UK, the ATCM is a voluntarily self-regulatory professional body who have been actively involved in the work with the Department of Health in preparation for statutory regulation of our profession, although this is not yet finalised due to European restrictions. We hope that when Brexit is done, we will resume the work at the earliest opportunity under your leadership. Currently the ATCM have over 750 members who are offering healthcare service in all parts of the UK, and many for them, like their colleagues in China, are experienced in treating virus infections by using Chinese medicine. They use Chinese herbal medicine to support their patients by easing the symptoms, improving life quality and speeding up their recovery. Our members could be one of resources that you can call upon in dealing with the current epidemic, especially when the NHS is over-stretched. Our members are well-organised and well-informed of the situations both here in the UK and in China through their professional contacts.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the ATCM council have formed a special group for combating this virus. We have given guidance to our members, as well as updating them about the government’s advices.

We hope that the situation can be brought under control as soon as possible. If you would consider that the ATCM and their members are possibly useful in any way in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus in the UK, please contact me or the ATCM by emailing info@atcm.co.uk, or telephone 020 84572560 or my mobile phone 07793928078.

Sincerely yours,

Dr Liqin Zhao President, ATCM

cc The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care House of Commons

Interesting day about my google review

“Even though this acupuncturist is Chinese, his acupuncture skills are poor.”

This is the “REVIEW” I got today. I have never seen this person before. From her other REVIEW, she was also learning acupuncture from another bad one. I don’t know how I upset this person. It’s weird.

After this post, many real patients have comments about this

David Thomas Zak people are jealous and they are also arseholes, in my life I have consulted many acupuncturists, some of whom were very competent. You are without a doubt the best acupuncturist to stick needles in to me and then electrocute me…lol. Hoss also feels the same way. You combine traditional methods with modern ways. The world’s greatest martial artist Bruce Lee looked at all fighting systems, his view was “ absorb what is useful, discard what is useless”.

Daniel Weaver Zak Han you have worked on my knees and you fixed me ! you must be doing something right , your the best 😎😎😎
Kev Stuart Some people have bad minds Zak. Don’t worry people who come to you. Know that your service is good.
Mark Chevalier The problem with our “feedback” world is that there are no regulations.

In your case, it is likely to be a competitor who is not doing so well. This is very common so I suggest asking her to confirm appointment and issues she or he had and if she/he fails to act, report her to the site that shows reviews.

Most fake reviews are normally people with no other reviews to show.

People with common sense read reviews from someone who has written many reviews over a long period of time.

Eventually, people will have to think carefully of what they say or otherwise they can be sued for libel. This time is coming and not a moment to soon.

Simon Davis Some people are shut out and closed off. There are always people who simply don’t understand quality and knowledge; their foundation is entirely superficial. Don’t let them get you down; you have many supporters and clients who come back again and again because you are one of the best acupuncturists and one of the very best people. She doesn’t know you or what you do – that’s the problem. Stay strong and keep doing what you are doing Zak. You helped me enormously.

(ATCM)noticed the Guardian’s article “Doctors call for tighter regulation of traditional Chinese medicine” in response to World Health Organisation’s recognition of this medicine system.

The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (UK) (ATCM)noticed the Guardian’s article “Doctors call for tighter regulation of traditional Chinese medicine” in response to World Health Organisation’s recognition of this medicine system.

The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (UK) supports the regulation of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In fact, the ATCM has been pushing for its statutory regulation in the United Kingdom. Currently there is a governmental framework in Europe and the UK to regulate the use of Chinese herbal medicine, but regulation of its practitioners is voluntary, and the ATCM is one of those voluntarily self-regulatory professional organisations in the UK.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used for the health of the human race for thousands of years, and it is continuing to do so to date. The long history of Traditional Chinese Medicine itself is the best prove that it is effective and safe in the hands of qualified practitioners.

We call for the doctors in Europe and the United Kingdom, in particular the Federation of European Academies of Medicine and the European Academies’’ Science Advisory Council to operate with qualified Chinese medicine practitioners to carry out research into the use of Chinese medicine, and enrich the already abundant evidence that exist to date.

Editor’s note:

The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture UK
(ATCM) is a professional organisation founded in 1994 by Traditional
Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioners in the UK.

Dedicated to excellence in the practice of TCM, it promotes proper
professional qualifications and the highest standards in the
profession. In November 2003, the ATCM merged with British Society
of Chinese Medicine (founded in 2001) and Zhong Shan Chinese
Medicine and Acupuncture Association (founded in 1987) to form a
new ATCM with wider representation while maintaining the same
high standards. Now the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and
Acupuncture UK (ATCM) is the largest self-regulatory body in the UK
for the practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, (TCM). TCM
includes acupuncture, herbal medicine and therapeutic massage
called Tuina. At present there are over 740 professionally qualified
TCM practitioners registered with ATCM, who must adhere to strict
codes of ethics and practice. All full members of ATCM are fully
qualified in the practice of authentic traditional Acupuncture, as well
as Chinese Herbal Medicine and Tuina.

ATCM is also actively engaged in academic studies, researches and
the clinical applications of Traditional Chinese Medicine. ATCM has
been working closely with the Department of Health and Health
Professions’ Council to establish statutory regulation in the UK for
TCM practitioners. ATCM stands in a unique position within the UK’s
healthcare system and plays a crucial role in communication between
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine. By demanding
high professional standards of all members, ATCM aims to establish a
strong presence in the medical and patient communities and to
attract more and more TCM practitioners.

Another shocking case report: Broken acupuncture needle?

For many years I have never stopped a topic, that is, the risk of acupuncture, which is why only a regular doctor in China can qualify for acupuncture.

This is the latest acupuncture accident, you may be unbelievable

Reference: 2019 Aug 6;19(1):

A 42-year-old man presented with a chronically retained broken needle in his body after acupuncture therapy two years ago. However, due to the discomfort at the left back recently and ordinary inconvenience such as security check, he came to our hospital for minimally invasive surgery. He was introduced to our department because the broken needle had migrated from subcutaneous to adipose tissue in retroperitoneum during the two years. Considering the position of the broken needle, the patient was performed by laparoscopy in general anesthesia. The operation time was about 31 min and there were only three 7 mm incisions in the left lateral abdominal wall. The X-ray exam was performed to confirm that the broken needle was removed integrally. The patients begun normal activity at 6 h after surgery and was discharged on the second day after surgery.

Severe infectious diseases after acupuncture. —-Case report

We all know that acupuncture is a safe treatment, but we also know that all kinds of accidents caused by acupuncture have not stopped.

Let’s read this case report:

A 36-year-old man presented with swelling and pain in the posterior cervical region as well as high fever and torticollis, after having received three sessions of acupuncture therapy during the preceding weeks aimed to treat his neck stiffness. Ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration (FNA) and contrast-enhanced Computed Tomography (CT) were performed, which showed a large abscess along with the paraspinal muscles. The symptoms were resolved after surgical treatment and antibiotherapy.

Always be careful, always

reference: 2019 Apr 4;


Why acupuncture?

As you know. currently, no available evidence does support the effectiveness of acupuncture. even there are many research paper in Pubmed. In many cases, it’s because patients are dissatisfied with medical tretment. This might be because medical treatments do not appear to work for them, or because the associated adverse effects might be too hard to endure. Another aspect of this dissatisfaction is that doctors  tend to be overworked and the attention received may be rushed. But, we are never patient’s first choice and I always ask patients to see their doctor first. Acupuncture dedicates substantial amounts of time to each patient and considers their treatment as holistic. really? I think that western medicine does the same. they just don’t have enough time. As a result,acupuncture treatments are tailored and place more value on the patient as a person. This approach may help patients to feel more in control of their treatment as they feel that their input is valued. Patients using acupuncture was also likely to be more educated than the average. Many acupuncture users suggest that if acupuncture is perceived by patients to be working, then there is no reason why they shouldn’t be used, irrespective of the fact that they work or not.

However, acupuncture risk can hinder medical treatments: for example, the unprofessional acupuncturist can damage patient’s health. while Chinese herbal remedies can affect the way our bodies metabolise prescription drugs or might have toxic effects by themselves. The risk of this happening is high because many patients fail to inform their doctors about acupuncture that they are using. most patients believe that they are without risks.  In fact. the adverse effects have indeed been reported for acupuncture, some of them serious. The other danger of acupuncture is that patients may be convinced that they are sufficient to keep them healthy and thus stop or delay conventional medical treatments which have a better chance of controlling or curing the disease. It’s very dangers.

So, Take care, when you think about acupuncture……

Latest research:Acupuncture help IVF success.

Almost every week, our clinic could  hear good news from patients.

Infertility patients are pregnant, and of course a considerable part is the help of acupuncture for IVF.

Many scientists in the medical field believe that acupuncture is definitely not helpful for IVF. They always think that they are better than others about medicine……
The latest research has come out, take a good look:

The present systematic review is designed to summarize the evidence concerning the effect of acupuncture on pregnancy outcomes in vitro fertilization with embryo transfer (IVF-ET). We searched MEDLINE, the Wanfang Database, the China Academic Journal Electronic Full-text Database in the China National Knowledge Infrastructure, and the Index to Chinese Periodical Literature. Randomized controlled trials with intervention groups using acupuncture and control groups consisting of no acupuncture or sham (placebo) acupuncture in IVF-ET treatment were selected. Study characteristics were examined from these studies and an intention-to-treat approach was used to extract outcome data from each study. In total, 31 articles including 4450 women passed our selection criteria. The legitimacy, characteristics, and IVF outcomes of the included trials were summarized. Additional Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory-based, standardized, large-size, randomized, and multicenter trials are necessary prior to any conclusions being drawn on whether TCM can improve IVF outcomes.

Reference:JGynecol Obstet Hum Reprod. 2019 Jul 2

Another case report:Hemopneumothorax After Trigger Point Injection for Fibromyalgia.

Acupuncture isn’t risk-free.

Look this new case report for acupuncture treatment.

The participant was a 45-y-old woman, who had been admitted to the emergency department at the School of Medicine with dyspnea and dizziness after TPI for fibromyalgia.

Computerized tomography of the thorax showed a significant hemopneumothorax at the right hemithorax and a collapsed right lung, markedly in the right, lower lobe. The hemopneumothorax was successfully treated with chest-tube and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery.

Health care professionals need to be aware of hemopneumothorax when performing TPI on the chest wall.

reference: Altern Ther Health Med. 2019 Jun 1