Drs Martin & Sue Allbright

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Acupuncture Research

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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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Dyspnoea in Cancer   (Difficult or Distressed Breathing, Breathlessness)

(2016) A randomised study comparing the effectiveness of acupuncture or morphine versus the combination for the relief of dyspnoea in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer and mesothelioma.

'Highlights •This trial recruited 173 patients with non-small cell lung cancer or mesothelioma.

•Patients were randomised to acupuncture alone (A), morphine alone (M) or both (AM).

•Dyspnoea visual analogue scale improved ≥1.5 in 74%, 60% and 66% of arms A, M and AM, respectively.

•There was no statistically significant difference in dyspnoea control between arms.

Acupuncture additionally relieved anxiety and acted as a morphine sparing treatment.

Acupuncture points used

  1. Anxiety, Sickness, And Dyspnoea (ASAD) points;
  2. thoracic paraspinals T1 to T5;
  3. three trapezius trigger points on each side; and
  4. LI4 bilaterally'.

Minchom A, Punwani R, Filshie J, et al. A randomised study comparing the effectiveness of acupuncture or morphine versus the combination for the relief of dyspnoea in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer and mesothelioma. Eur J Cancer 2016;61:102–10. doi:10.1016/j.ejca.2016.03.078

(2005) Acupuncture for dyspnea in advanced cancer: a randomized, placebo-controlled pilot trial.

'Conclusion: The acupuncture technique used in this trial is unlikely to have effects on dyspnea importantly larger than placebo for patients with advanced cancer.'.

The key word here is the 'acupuncture technique', this is a completely different technique to the 1996 paper below where different acupuncture points were used.

Andrew J Vickers, Marc B Feinstein et al. Acupuncture for dyspnea in advanced cancer: a randomized, placebo-controlled pilot trial. BMC Palliat Care. 2005; 4: 5. Published online 2005 Aug 18. doi:  [10.1186/1472-684X-4-5]

(1996) Acupuncture for the relief of cancer-related breathlessness.

'Abstract: The palliation of cancer-related breathlessness is challenging and complex. An open pilot study was conducted, exploring the safety and efficacy of acupuncture in 20 patients who were breathless at rest and whose breathlessness was directly related to primary or secondary malignancy. Sternal and LI4 acupuncture points were used. Outcome measures included pulse, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation and patient-rated visual analogue scales of breathlessness, pain, anxiety and relaxation. At each time point the mean values of the variables were calculated and compared to their pre treatment levels (Student's t-test). Seventy per cent (14/20) of patients reported marked symptomatic benefit from treatment; there were significant changes in VAS scores of breathlessness, relaxation and anxiety at least up to 6 hours post acupuncture which were measured to be maximal at 90 minutes ( p < 0.005, p < 0.001, respectively). There was a significant reduction in respiratory rate, which was sustained for 90 minutes post acupuncture (p < 0.02). The therapeutic value of acupuncture in the management of breathlessness requires further evaluation.'

Filshie J, Penn K, Ashley S, et al. Acupuncture for the relief of cancer-related breathlessness. Palliat Med 1996;10:145–50


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