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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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Neuropathy.       

Chemotherapy - induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN)

(2018) Acupuncture for the Treatment of Taxane-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Breast Cancer Patients: A Pilot Trial

'Conclusions. Acupuncture improved symptoms of CIPN and Quality of Life in Korean women sufering from peripheral neuropathy afer chemotherapy using taxane for breast cancer. The effects of acupuncture lasted for at least 1 month afer the treatment.

A total of 6 acupuncture points were selected: LI 4, LI 11, ST 36, LV 3, M-UE-9 (Ba Xie), and M-LE-8 (Ba Feng).

The needles were inserted 5-10 mm deep into the skin of the selected acupuncture points and were gently manipulated manually to obtain De Qi, that is, a needle sensation referring to pain, numbness, and distension felt around the point after the needle is inserted to a certain depth as well as the operator’s sensation of tension around the needle. After 10 minutes of needle insertion, the needle positions were controlled by gentle rotation without evoking needle sensation.'.

Young Ju Jeong, Min Ah Kwak, et al. (2018) Acupuncture for the Treatment of Taxane-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Breast Cancer Patients: A Pilot Trial Hindawi

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume 2018, Article ID 5367014, 11 pages https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/5367014


(2018) Acupuncture for Bortezomib-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (BIPN): Not Just for Pain

Conclusions: Acupuncture can improve multiple symptoms associated with BIPN, particularly numbness and tingling in hands and feet, cold sensitivity, and an unpleasant feeling. Further randomized control trials are warranted to confirm our findings.

W. Iris Zhi, Evan Ingram, et al. (2018) Acupuncture for Bortezomib-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (BIPN): Not Just for Pain. Integrative Cancer Therapies DOI: 10.1177/1534735418788667 journals.sagepub.com/home/ict


(2017) Treatment of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Integrative Oncology: A Survey of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Practitioners.

'Results: Respondents reported an average of 31.3 ± 17.2 patients per week, and one-third (10.1 mean; 7.2 standard deviation [SD]) were treated for Chemotherapy Induced Peripehral Neuropathy (CIPN). Medical doctors (86.7%) were the most common providers with whom respondents worked. Traditional Chinese medicine style acupuncture was utilized by a majority of respondents (86.7%), and the most commonly used points were local, typically in the hands and feet, such as Ba Feng, Ba Xie, LV3, and LI4. In addition to acupuncture, nutritional advice was the most frequent auxiliary modality provided by respondents (85.7%). On average, respondents provided 12.75 ± 4.17 treatments for CIPN patients, and a majority (53%) reported treating patients once per week. Timing of the treatments relative to chemotherapy infusion was evenly distributed between “1–2 days after infusion” (60%), “at time of infusion” (53.3%), and “1–2 days before infusion” (46.7%). Sixty percent of respondents rated outcomes as “moderately successful with moderate improvement seen.”'

Zhaoxue Lu, Jennifer Moody, Benjamin L. Marx, and Tracy Hammerstrom. (2017) Treatment of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Integrative Oncology: A Survey of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Practitioners. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. June 2017, ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2017.0052


(2016) Randomized sham controlled pilot trial of weekly electro-acupuncture for the prevention of taxane-induced peripheral neuropathy in women with early stage breast cancer.

CONCLUSIONS: In a randomized, sham-controlled trial of EA for prevention of taxane-induced CIPN, there were no differences in pain or neuropathy between groups at week 12. Of concern, subjects on EA had a slower recovery than SEA subjects. Future studies should focus on EA for treatment as opposed to prevention of CIPN..

Heather Greenlee, Katherine D. Crew, et al. (2013) Randomized sham controlled pilot trial of weekly electro-acupuncture for the prevention of taxane-induced peripheral neuropathy in women with early stage breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2016 Apr; 156(3): 453–464.


(2013) A systematic review of experimental and clinical acupuncture in chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.

Abstract: Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a common side effect that can be very disabling and can limit or delay the dose of chemotherapy that can be administered. Acupuncture may be effective for treating peripheral neuropathy. The aim of this study was to review the available literature on the use of acupuncture for CIPN.

Conclusions. Only one controlled randomised study demonstrated that acupuncture may be beneficial for CIPN..

Franconi G, Manni L, Schröder S, Marchetti P, Robinson N. (2013) A systematic review of experimental and clinical acupuncture in chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:516916. doi: 10.1155/2013/516916. Epub 2013 Jul 24.


(2012) Acupuncture for chemotherapy - induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN): a pilot study using neurography.

Conclusion. The data suggest that acupuncture has a positive effect on CIPN. The encouraging results of this pilot study justify a randomised controlled trial of acupuncture in CIPN on the basis of nerve conduction studies (NCS).

Results. In five of the six patients treated with acupuncture, NCS improved after treatment. In the control group, three of five patients did not show any difference in NCS, one patient improved and one showed impaired NCS.

"The data suggests that acupuncture has a positive effect on CIPN as measured by objective parameters (NCS). The results are comparable to previous studies in diabetic neuropathy and peripheral neuropathy of undefined aetiology. These findings are of special significance since peripheral neuroapthy is otherwise almost untreatable but seems to respond to treatment by acupuncture." Each patient received a standard 10 - week treatment of the ST34 (Liangqiu) aswell as the five extra-points EX-LE12 (Qiduan) and the four extra points EX-LE8 (Bafeng). The needles were inserted bilaterally. Twenty needles were inserted per session. Needle stimulation techniques were not used.Sven Schroeder, et al. (2012) Acupuncture for chemotherapy - induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN): a pilot study using neurography (Acupuncture in Medicine March 2012 Volume 30 Issue 1) .

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