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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(2017) Moxibustion treatment for primary osteoporosis: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials

‘Medication and functional exercise remains the mainstay for the treatment of osteoporosis

One trial found that du-moxibustion plus calcium D may be able to relieve the low back dysfunction (NDI score, MD -7) compared to calcium D alone. Another trial demonstrated that heat-sensitive moxibustion plus alendronate sodium was better than alendronate sodium alone in enhancing femoral great trochanter bone mineral densiaty (BMD) (MD 0.07 g/cm2 . Additionally, heat-sensitive moxibustion plus alendronate sodium was been shown to improve the level f amino-terminal procollagen of type 1 collagen (P1NP) (MD 33.10 μg/L) compared to alendronate sodium alone.

The common type of moxibustion in management of POP is heat-sensitive moxibustion, mild moxibustion, and du-moxibustion. The treatment period lasted at least 3 months in the available RCTs. The most frequently used meridians or acupoints are Du Meridian including from Dazhui (GV14) to Yaoshu (GV2), Bladder Meridian of Foot-Taiyang such as Shenshu (BL23), Pishu (BL20), Guanyuanshu (BL26) and Stomach Meridian of Foot-Yangming (Zusanli,ST36) etc. Moxibustion in specific acupoints were thought to strengthen the body of middleaged and elderly patients.

In this review, the preliminary result suggests that moxibustion plus conventional anti-osteoporosis medicine may have better effect on alleviating the pain and increasing the BMD of femoral neck though the insufficient evidence was seen.’

Fanping Xu, , Minghua Huan, Yi Jin, et al. 2017) Moxibustion treatment for primary osteoporosis: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials. PLoS ONE 12(6): e0178688. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0178688


T2 values increase with the severity of OA disease. As two of the main weight-bearing areas in knee joint, MTa and LTa were the very places that the pinpoints could reach to when EX-LE4, EX-LE5 were selected as the acupoints. This study revealed significant dif­ferences in T2 values before and after acu­puncture in MTa and LTa, while no significant difference in T2 value was detected in the phys­iotherapy group. Previous studies have proved anti-inflammatory action of acupuncture by influencing expression of interleukin-1β, tumor necrosis factor-α, matrix metalloproteinase and tissue inhibitor. Additionally, acu­puncture may play roles in improving cartilage repairing by influencing expression of trans­forming growth factor-β1 and basic fibroblast growth factor. Further, acupuncture allows needles getting into articular cavity, and then pinpoints reached to the cartilage surface, while physiotherapy acts only at the superficial location of knee joint. This might contribute to the significant differences in T2 values in MTa and LTa.


In summary, this study indicates that acupunc­ture is a feasible alternative therapy for KOA patients. Acupuncture shows an impact on T2 value in cartilage, which may suggest a superi­or clinical effect when compared with physio-therapy.

Reproduced from, Yan Zhang, Fei Bao, Yan Wang, & Zhihong Wu (2016) Influence of acupuncture in treatment of knee osteoarthritis and cartilage repairing.  Am J Transl Res 2016;8(9):3995-4002, www.ajtr.org /ISSN:1943-8141/AJTR0029619

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(2013) Acupuncture and other physical treatments for the relief of pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee: network meta-analysis.

'Conclusions: As a summary of the current available research, the network meta-analysis results indicate that acupuncture can be considered as one of the more effective physical treatments for alleviating osteoarthritis knee pain in the short-term.' M.S. Corbett M.S. et al (2013) Acupuncture and other physical treatments for the relief of pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee: network meta-analysis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 21 (2013) 1290e1298 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joca.2013.05.007