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Dr Xiao-Yang (Mio) Hu PhD, MSc, MD (Chinese Medicine)

Senior Research Fellow

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Mio is a Senior Research Fellow within the Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, as well as a Senior Research Adviser for NIHR Research Design Service South Central region.

Mio joined the department as a NIHR SPCR funded research fellow in the group of Prof George Lewith in 2016. She has been actively involved in leading and delivering a variety of research using quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods methodologies. She has previously been awarded a prestigious NIHR School for Primary Care Research fellowship, to explore the use of herbal medicine in respiratory tract infections. With a background in Chinese Medicine, integrative and complementary medicine, her research interests lie in understanding the use of herbal medicine in symptom relief and reducing the use of antibiotics for infectious diseases and long term pain conditions in primary care.

Mio has completed an MSc in Musculoskeletal Science, and her PhD was a mixed methods feasibility study investigating integrative medicine in musculoskeletal disorders.

I see integrative medicine as the future healthcare model. It would be the optimum treatment considering conventional, complementary and alternative interventions. With its goals of health and healing, it emphasises an individualised holistic approach, self-management, and the practitioner-patient relationship within multidisciplinary collaborative teams. It should be evidence based with clear understanding of safety, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness.


BSc, Acupuncture, moxibustion and Tuina, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, China

MSc, Musculoskeletal Science, University College London, UK

PhD, Integrative Medicine in Musculoskeletal Disorders, London South Bank University (Royal London Hospital for Integrative Medicine, UCLH NHS Foundation Trust), UK.


Research interests

Evidence-based medicine alongside systematic reviews, clinical trials, and mixed methods research, in the field of integrative medicine.

PhD research

Integrative medicine in musculoskeletal disorders: a mixed methods study

Southampton Clinical Trials Unit

EXCALIBUR - Treating Acute EXacerbation of COPD with Chinese HerbAL MedIcine to aid AntiBiotic Use Reduction

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Research group

Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

Research project(s)

A digital behaviour change intervention to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak: A rapid co-design, implementation and evaluation project. (GERMDEFENCE)

Chinese Herbal medicine to aid AnTibiotic use reduction in exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (CHAT COPD)

Patients’ experiences of self-management interventions for chronic widespread pain including fibromyalgia: A systematic review and thematic synthesis (CWP Qualitative Review)

Qualitative study on community pharmacists’ perspectives of recommending herbal medicine in acute infections

Retrospective Survey of Prevention, Treatment, Occurrence and Outcomes of Covid-19 in the community (RTO-Covid-19)

This is a survey about what people have done to try and prevent and treat Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.

ROSE - Rosa canina fruit (rosehip) for OsteoarthritiS: a cochrane rEview

This is an update of an existing Cochrane systematic review of oral herbal medicines for osteoarthritis; focusing specifically on Rosa Canina fruit. The Cochrane review aims to evaluate the benefits and harms of R. Canina fruit for symptoms of osteoarthritis in adults.

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Complementary Medicine Familiarisation Student Selected Unit

Pain: theory and management for physiotherapist (PSIC3039)

Introduction of Systematic review

Supervise medical and postgraduate students' research projects

Dr Xiao-Yang (Mio) Hu
Aldermoor Health Centre,
SO16 5ST

Room Number : 9590 AHC/143/S2

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