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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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Acupuncture for Depression

(2018) Acupuncture for female depression: a randomized controlled trial.

‘Abstract: Forty-two patients with depression who met the criteria were randomly assigned into an observation group and a control group, 21 patients in each group. The basic treatment in the two groups was fluoxetine. The patients in the observation group were treated with acupuncture at Zhongwan (CV 12), Xiawan (CV 10), Qihai (CV 6), Guanyuan (CV 4) and bilateral Shangqu (KI 17). Sham acupuncture was used at the above points in the control group. The treatment was given once a day on the first 3 days and once every 3 days after that, totally for 8 weeks. The scores of self-rating depression scale (SDS) and Montgomery Asberg depression rating scale (MADRS) were compared before and after 4-week and 8-week treatment in the two groups. The effects and adverse reactions were evaluated.After 4-week and 8-week treatment, the SDS and MADRS scores were significantly lower than those before treatment in the two groups (all P<0.05), and the scores in the observation group were lower than those in the control group (both P<0.05). The improvements of SDS and MADRS scores in the observation group before and after treatment were better than those in the control group (both P<0.05). The total effective rates of SDS, MADRS scores were 85.7% (18/21), 90.5% (19/21) in the observation group, which were better than 38.1% (8/21), 57.1% (12/21) in the control group (both P<0.05). The adverse reactions in the observation group were significantly lower than those in the control group (P<0.05).Acupuncture combined with fluoxetine are effective and safe for female depression.

 Liu J,  Wang A  et al. (2018) Acupuncture for female depression: a randomized controlled trial.  Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion [01 Apr 2018, 38(4):375-378]


(2018) Therapeutic effect of acupuncture combined with antidepressants on changes in the HAMD-17 score in major depressive disorder.

‘Conclusion. Acupuncture and antidepressant was more effective in reducing the symptoms of major depressive disorder than was sham acupuncture and antidepressant.’

 A Almi et al. (2018) Therapeutic effect of acupuncture combined with antidepressants on changes in the HAMD-17 score in major depressive disorder.  J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 1073 062037


(2018) The efficacy of acupuncture in decreasing The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality

Index (PSQI) scores of depressive patients with insomnia

In conclusion, the findings of this study show that acupuncture, when combined with antidepressants, can decrease the PSQI scores of patients with depression.’ ie Their sleep improved.

B Feisal et al (2018)  The efficacy of acupuncture in decreasing The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index scores of depressive patients with insomnia J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 1073 062036


(2017) Acupuncture, Counselling or Usual Care for Depression (ACUDep): a randomised controlled trial

‘Conclusion. In this report we present what is to our knowledge the first study to rigorously evaluate the clinical and economic impacts of acupuncture and counselling for patients who are representative of those who continue to experience depression in primary care. Our evidence on acupuncture compared with usual care and counselling compared with usual care shows that both treatments are associated with a statistically significant reduction in symptoms of depression in the short to medium term, with no reported serious adverse events related to treatment. Acupuncture is cost-effective compared with counselling or usual care alone, although the ranking of counselling and acupuncture depends on the relative costs of delivering these interventions.’

MacPherson H, Vickers A, Bland M, Torgerson D, Corbett M, Spackman E, Saramago P, Woods B, Weatherly H, Sculpher M, Manca A, Richmond S, Hopton A, Eldred J, Watt I. (2017) Acupuncture for chronic pain and depression in primary care: a programme of research. Southampton (UK): NIHR Journals Library; 2017 Jan.

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