Drs Martin & Sue Allbright

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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.

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Crohns Disease

(2016) Different brain responses to electro-acupuncture and moxibustion treatment in patients with Crohn’s disease.

Symptomatic Acupuncture

Procedure for each group received treatment three times a week for 12 weeks, totalling up to 36 treatment sessions.

Electroacupuncture CV6 (Ren 6) and XI 25 (left side) and CV12 (Ren 12) and XI 25 (right side) Pulsed stimulus was delivered at a rate of 2/100Hz and intensity of 1–2 mA for 30minutes.

Moxibustion. Moxa cone, with a height of 16mm and a diameter of 18mm (“Han Medicine”, Nanyang, China), was placed on top of the herbal cake and ignited for herbs-partitioned moxibustion on each acupuncture point every time.

Measurements taken at 0 and 12 weeks

Using the Crohns Disease Activity Index (CDAI) and the

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Questionnaire (IBDQ which had 32 questions (0-7 Likert scale))

The CDAI scores of the two groups were significantly lower after treatment (EA P< 0.001, Mx P< 0.001), while the IBDQ scores increased significantly (EA P<0.01, Mx P<0.01).

The reduced CDAI scores and elevated the IBDQ scores in patients of both electro-acupuncture and moxibustion groups suggest that both treatments improved the disease condition and quality of life.

fMRI measurements.

Showing the differences between patients with Crohns Disease (CD) and Healthy Controls (HC)

Chunhui Bao et al. (2016)  Different brain responses to electro-acupuncture and moxibustion treatment in patients with Crohn’s disease.  Scientific Reports | 6:36636 | DOI: 10.1038/srep36636

A previous study also showed that CD patients have abnormal neural activity in the amygdala, hippocampus, insula, putamen, cerebellar regions when performing stress-evoking tasks, suggesting altered habituation to stress in these patients. Agostini, A. et al. Functional magnetic resonance imaging study reveals differences in the habituation to psychological stress in patients with Crohn’s disease versus healthy controls. J Behav Med 36, 477–487 (2013).

After 12 weeks of treatment, the patients in both the EA and Mox groups demonstrated significant clinical improvement and also the abnormal Regional Homogeniety levels in multiple brain regions were reversed. Although these two methods had similar clinical efficacy and affected several similar brain regions, each of them also affected different brain regions. Brain regions that both electro-acupuncture and moxibustion treatment correlated significantly with the reduced the CDAI scores and increased the IBDQ scores in patients with CD, suggesting that EA and moxibustion methods improve clinical symptoms as well as the quality of life with comparable clinical efficacy.

These findings indicate that there are abnormalities in both structure and functional activities in the brain of Crohns Disease CD patients. The dysregulation of homeostatic afferent processing network and default mode network, as well as declined cortex-subcortical region coupling, may be critical hallmarks of local brain activities in CD patients at resting state.

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(2017) Effect of Electro-Acupuncture and Moxibustion on Brain Connectivity in Patients with Crohn’s Disease: A Resting-State fMRI Study.

'Our findings suggest that electro-acupuncture and moxibustion may help improve clinical outcomes through different central integration patterns, and provide new insight for understanding the therapeutic mechanisms of these two approaches.'

Chunhui Bao, Di Wang, et al. (2017) Effect of Electro-Acupuncture and Moxibustion on Brain Connectivity in Patients with Crohn’s Disease: A Resting-State fMRI Study. ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE. Front. Hum. Neurosci., 17 November 2017 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2017.00559