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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)

(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


(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."

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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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.

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