Drs Martin & Sue Allbright

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We would like to share with you our personal view, beliefs and approach about the research that is presented on these pages.






We both value the research of modern science and the many developments that have been discovered.

We also value the depth of wisdom and knowledge of traditional and classical five element acupuncture, which integrates the many aspects of body and mind.

We acknowledge the information gained from research, and we endevaour to use it where appropriate when meeting the needs of an individual who is suffering in health.

We hope later to share more information on the five elements of acupuncture.

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Acupuncture for Depression - Post Partum

(2018) Effectiveness of acupuncture in postpartum depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis

'Results Nine trials involving 653 women were selected. The result of this meta-analysis demonstrated that the acupuncture group had a significantly greater overall effective rate compared with the control group. Moreover, acupuncture significantly increased oestradiol levels compared with the control group.

Conclusions Acupuncture appears to be effective for postpartum depression with respect to certain outcomes. However, the evidence thus far is inconclusive. Further high-quality RCTs following standardised guidelines with a low risk of bias are needed to confirm the effectiveness of acupuncture for postpartum depression.'

Li S, Zhong W, Peng W, et al. (2018) Effectiveness of acupuncture in postpartum depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis Acupuncture in Medicine 2018;36:295-301.


(2018) Acupuncture versus antidepressants in the management of postpartum depression: A systematic review

'Findings: Of the 1592 studies reviewed, three met the inclusion criteria for quantitative analysis. Two studies reported no significant differences between acupuncture and fluoxetine for depression, while the third reported significant improvements.

Conclusions: Acupuncture in postpartum depression was at least as effective as fluoxetine hydrochloride, supporting the notion that acupuncture may be a safe and effective option..'

Akari Komori, David Arthur, et al., (2018) Acupuncture versus antidepressants in the management of postpartum depression: A systematic review British Journal of Midwifery 2018 26:10, 670-681

(2018) Acupuncture at BL67 for mild postpartum depression (mPPD): a prospective case series

'Results Treatment was associated with symptomatic improvement for all patients who adhered to therapy. The nine patients who completed treatment had an average pain score of 6.66 (SD 0.86); these patients’ average pre-treatment pain score was 10.83 (SD 1.47). Six patients who did not complete treatment had an average pain score of 11.23 (SD 1.48); the average pre-treatment pain score of these patients was 10.5 (SD 2.21). Thus, symptoms did not significantly improve for patients who failed to adhere to the therapy. There was no significant difference between the two groups with respect to Hamilton Depression Scale (HAMD) score before treatment (P=0.363). By contrast, asignificant between-group difference in post-treatment HAMD score was detected (P=0.001). Two patients discontinued treatment due to haemorrhage at the site of needling, and four patients discontinued treatment due to the inconvenience of traffic. There were no significant complications.


Conclusion Acupuncture therapy at BL67 may alleviate symptoms of mild PPD, however controlled clinical investigations are required to confirm its efficacy and effectiveness for this condition.'

Tian CB (2018) Acupuncture at BL67 for mild postpartum depression: a prospective case series Acupuncture in Medicine Published Online First: 14 March 2018. doi: 10.1136/acupmed-2017-011473


(2017) Acupuncture and Metaphorical Suggestion in Struggle with Postpartum Depression: A Randomized Controlled Trial


'Conclusions: Combined treatment with acupuncture and suggestion was more effective for reducing depression, neuroticism, accentuation of character and improving the emotional state, working ability of postpartum depressed puerperae,' compared to acupuncture alone or a control group who just received compassion and consolation.


'Materials and methods: Ninety-six women with PD were distributed randomly in three groups. The acupuncture group (ACP) received only acupuncture treatment at acupoints; the acupuncture and suggestion group (A&S) received both acupuncture and metaphorical suggestion treatments; the control group (CNT) received only compassion and consolation. Each group accepted a certain daily cure five times during the research. Outcomes were measured by the depth of depression in the Pichot scale (PS), levels of neuroticism and psychopathy (LNP).'

Filonenko A.V., Vasilenko A.M., et al., (2017) Acupuncture and Metaphorical Suggestion in Struggle with Postpartum Depression: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal Citation Reports, Transylvanian Review. 2017: Vol XXV, No. 20

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