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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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Chronic Shoulder Pain

(Burisitis, Subacromial Impingement syndrome)

(2017) Detection of peripheral and central sensitisation at acupoints in patients with unilateral shoulder pain in Beijing: a cross-sectional matched case–control study


Main outcome measures Pressure pain thresholds (PPTs) were measured at four acupoints—namely, Tianzong (SI 11), Jianliao (SJ 14), Jianyu (LI 15) and Jianzhen (SI 9), on the painful/non-painful side in patients with unilateral shoulder pain or healthy controls, respectively. The correlations between the Peripheral Sensitisation Index (PSI) and Central Sensitisation Index (CSI) were compared.


Results Analysis showed significantly lower PPT values at acupoints on the painful side compared with the non-painful side in patients with shoulder pain (p<0.025). Meanwhile, PPTs on the non-painful side of these patients were lower than those on the ipsilateral side of healthy controls (p<0.025). No significant differences in PPT values were found between the non-acupoint of the painful/non-painful side in patients with shoulder pain and the ipsilateral side of healthy controls (p>0.05). Additionally, it was observed that the pressure pain assessment acupoints have a strong association with PSI and CSI; three acupoints, in particular, SJ 14, LI 15 and SI 9, showed a correlation with PSI and CSI.


Conclusion The results suggest the presence of peripheral and central sensitisation at acupoints in participants with unilateral shoulder pain. There exists an obvious relationship among the three acupoints SJ 14, LI 15 and SI 9, which are usually chosen to treat shoulder pain. The results provide evidence for the selection of acupoints to treat shoulder pain by acupuncture.

Chao-Qun Yan, Shuai Zhang, Qian-Qian Li, et al. (2017) Detection of peripheral and central sensitisation at acupoints in patients with unilateral shoulder pain in Beijing: a cross-sectional matched case–control study BMJ Open 2017;7:e014438. doi:10.1136/

bmjopen-2016-014438


(2016) Laser Acupuncture Treatment Improves Pain and Functional Status in Patients with SUBACROMIAL IMPINGEMENT SYNDROME: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Sham-Controlled Study

'Methods.The treatment group received laser acupuncture, and the control group received sham laser acupuncture. Eleven acupuncture points (GB 21, LI 4, LI 11, LI 14, LI 15, LI 16, SI 9, SI 10, SI 11, TE 14, and TE 15) were irradiated using a gallium-aluminium-arsenide continuous wave diode-laser, with a wavelength of 850 nm and a power output of 100 mV. The laser acupuncture treatment at each acupuncture point was administered at 4 joules/cm2 (total dose = 40 joules). All patients were also treated with a hot pack. The patients were assessed at baseline and after 15 sessions of laser treatment. Pain severity and doctor’s and patient’s global assessments were measured via visual analog scale (VAS). Range of motion (ROM) and functional status were measured using a digital inclinometer and the Shoulder Pain Disability Index, respectively.

Results. Statistically significant improvements were observed in all parameters in the treatment group. All parameters of pain and functional status in the treatment group were significantly better than those in the control group at week 3.

Conclusions. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study that investigates the effect of laser acupuncture in SAIS. The positive results of the present study should lead to further laser acupuncture studies with combinations of different acupuncture points, at different wavelengths, and with long-term follow-up periods.’

Sibel Kibar, Hatice Ecem Konak, Deniz Evcik, Saime Ay, (2016) Laser Acupuncture Treatment Improves Pain and Functional Status in Patients with Subacromial Impingement Syndrome: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Sham-Controlled Study. Pain Med (2016) pnw197. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/pm/pnw197


See also Dry needling and Physical Therapy in Patients with Trapezius Myofascial Pain Syndrome.

Shima Hesari, Behrouz Attarbashi-Moghadam, Azadeh Shadmehr. (2016) Comparison of Dry Needling and Physical Therapy in Patients with Trapezius Myofascial Pain Syndrome. Pub. Journal of Modern Rehabilitation 2016; 10(1): 43-47


(2010) German randomized acupuncture trial for chronic shoulder pain (GRASP - a pragmatic, controlled, patient blinded, multi-centre trial in an outpatient care environment.


This study showed true acupuncture was more effective than sham acupuncture; three months after treatment the improvements were still maintained in the true acupuncture group. (X 4, X 11, X 14, X 15, 15 treatments over 6 weeks)

Molsberger AF, Schneider T, Gotthardt H, et al. (2010) German randomized acupuncture trial for chronic shoulder pain (GRASP - a pragmatic, controlled, patient blinded, multi-centre trial in an outpatient care environment. Pain 2010; 151:146-54

Adrian White's Comment. 'Interestingly, the results for the primary and secondary outcomes ... - ....showed a significant effect of acupuncture with a clinically useful response rate, 65%.  Also note that this treatment seems widely applicable in shoulder problems, since there was no attempt to make a Western diagnosis of the patients' actual disorder. The trial indicates acupuncture is an effective alternative to conventional orthopaedic treatment for Chronic Shoulder Pain.' 'Acupuncture Rearch Shorts by Adrian White, Acupuncture in Medicine Dec 2010 Volume 28 Issue 4 pages 207-8







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