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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Local Pain Relief

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Researchers from the University of Rochester (New York) have looked a natural compound called adenosine which has pain-killing, anti-inflammatory and sleep regulating effects  and discovered that it may have a significant role in local acupuncture pain relief.
The compound - adenosine - was found to reduce discomfort in acupuncture in mice who already had normal levels of the compound. In mice with no adenosine the acupuncture had no effect.

The amount of adenosine present in our tissues may affect the level of discomfort we experience.

It was observed that during and immediately after acupuncture needling adenosine levels in the tissues around the needle sites was 24 times greater than before treatment started.

Lead researcher, Maiken Nedergaard, explained, "In this work, we provide information about one physical mechanism through which acupuncture reduces pain in the body."

In the paper published in the journal 'Nature Neuroscience May 30th 2010', the researchers go on to explain that once they observed  the possible role that adenosine may play in local acupuncture pain relief, they went on to research the effects of acupuncture with a cancer drug whose action is known to make it harder for tissues to get rid of adenosine.

Using this compound olngside local acupuncture needling boosted the effects of the treatment. It nearly tripled the amount of adenosine in the muscle tissues and more than tripling the length of time the treatment was effective for.

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