Drs Martin & Sue Allbright

'Blending an ancient medical approach of mind and body with modern health'


Acupuncture Research






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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Interleukin (IL) –10

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Interleukin-10 (IL-10) is an important anti-inflammatory cytokine (1,2).

Interleukin 10 displays both immunosuppressive and immunostimulating activities (3).

Interleukin 10 is a cytokine which is stimulatory towards certain T cells (Th2) and mast cells. It also stimulates B cell maturation and antibody production. It has been shown that acupuncture reduces the serum concentration of IL-10 which appears to be correlated to a clinical reduction of symptoms of allergic diseases / allergic rhinitis (4).

It as been shown that electroacupuncture at 2Hz applied (to Neiguan, Zhigou, Houxi and Hegu acupuncture points) during surgery with anaesthesia for pneumonectomy may reduce the stress of the procedure. It was observed that there were lower levels of serum IL-10 (and IL-4) 24 hours after surgery along with lower VAS pain scores (5).

(1) Fiorentino, Zlotnik, Vieira, et al., (1991) IL-10 acts on the antigen-presenting cell to inhibit cytokine production by Th1 cells.. J Immunol. 1991 May 15;146(10):3444-51.

(2) Fiorentino, Zlotnik, Mosmann, Howard, & O’Garra, (1991) IL-10 inhibits cytokine production by activated macrophages... J Immunol. 1991 Dec 1;147(11):3815-22.

(3) Mocellin S, Rossi CR, Pilati P, Nitti D. (2005) Tumor necrosis factor, cancer and anticancer therapy. Cytokine Growth Factor Rev. 2005 Feb;16(1):35-53. Epub 2004 Dec 19.

(4) McDonald JL, Cripps AW, Smith PK, et al. (2013) The anti-inflammatory effects of acupuncture and their relevance to allergic rhinitis: A narrative review and proposed model. Evid-Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013; 2013:591796.

(5) Duowen Xie, Xiaoyuan Shi and Yinxia Zhang. (2018) Effect of Combined Acupuncture Anesthesia on Surgical Dosage and Serum IL-4, IL-10 of Pneumonectomy Patients. Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan 2018, Vol. 28 (11): 817-820

See also (2017) Immune Modulation and Treatment of Human Papilloma Virus-Related Warts