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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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Spinal Stenosis - Lumbar

(See also Back pain)

(2018) A comparative study of three conservative treatments in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis: lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) with acupuncture and physical therapy study (LAP study)

Results. Thirty-eight, 40, and 41 patients were allocated to the medication, exercise, and acupuncture groups, respectively. No patient underwent surgical treatment during the study period. The symptom severity scores of the Zurich claudication questionnaire (ZCQ) improved significantly after treatment in the medication (p = 0.048), exercise (p = 0.003), and acupuncture (p = 0.04) groups. The physical function score improved significantly in the acupuncture group (p = 0.045) but not in the medication (p = 0.20) and exercise (p = 0.29) groups. The mean reduction in the ZCQ score for physical function was significantly greater for acupuncture than for exercise. The mean ZCQ score for treatment satisfaction was significantly greater for acupuncture than for medication.

Conclusions. Acupuncture was significantly more effective than physical exercise according to the physical function score of the ZCQ and than medication according to the satisfaction score. The present study provides new important information that will aid decision making in LSS treatment.

Acupuncture. The acupuncture sites were

1) BL-23 (Shenshu): bilateral area 1.5 cm outward from the spinous process of L2, with an insertion depth of 2 cm,

2) BL-25 (Dachangshu): bilateral area 1.5 cm outward from the spinous process of L4, with an insertion depth of 2 cm,

3) BL-53(Hoko): bilateral area 9 cm outward from the spinous process of S2, with an insertion depth of 4 cm,

4) BL-54 (Zhibian): bilateral area 9 cm outward from the spinous process of S4, with an insertion depth of 4 cm,

5) BL-40 (Weizhong): middle of the popliteal fossa,

6) GB-34 (Yanglingquan): inferior recess in the fibular head, and

7) BL-57 (Shengshan): lower end of the groove of the inner and outer head of the gastrocnemius’.


Hiroyuki Oka, Ko Matsudaira, Yuichi Takano et al. (2018) A comparative study of three conservative treatments in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis: lumbar spinal stenosis with acupuncture and physical therapy study (LAP study) BMC Complementary and Alternative MedicineBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201818:19. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12906-018-2087-y


(2016) Acupuncture and Therapeutic Exercise in the management of Chronic Low-Back pain with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: A Clinical Case-Study

Results: At the end of 8 weeks of intervention, the patient reported complete resolution of back pain and 87.5% reduction in leg pain. Also, the patient was able to do treadmill walk for the total period of time allowed (10 minutes) based on the treadmill walk protocol without experiencing back and/or leg pain. Functional limitation due to back pain was reduced by 62.5%, functional mobility (FM) improved with FM test scores reduced to 10 seconds from 29 seconds. The patient reported 90% recovery of activity of daily living.’

Sokunbi G. et al. (2016) Acupuncture and Therapeutic Exercise in the management of Chronic Low-Back pain with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: A Clinical Case-Study  0-I2-V1-ScholReps | 2 Issue | 1 Volume | 2

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