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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 Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) Dyspepsia - Heartburn - Indigestion

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(2017) Acupuncture for the treatment of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis


'Results A total of 12 trials involving 1235 patients were included. Meta-analyses demonstrated that patients receiving Manual / Electroacupuncture (MA/EA) combined with Western Medicine (WM) had a superior global symptom improvement compared with those receiving WM alone. Recurrence rates of those receiving MA/EA alone were lower than those receiving WM, while global symptom improvement (six studies) and symptom scores (three studies) were similar (both p>0.05). Descriptive analyses suggested that acupuncture also improves quality of life in patients with GORD.


Conclusion This meta-analysis suggests that acupuncture is an effective and safe treatment for GORD. However, due to the small sample size and poor methodological quality of the included trials, further studies are required to validate our conclusions.'

Zhu J, Guo Y, Liu S, et al (2017) Acupuncture for the treatment of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis Acupuncture in Medicine Published Online First: 08 July 2017. doi: 10.1136/acupmed-2016-011205


(2016) Individualized Acupuncture for Symptom Relief in Functional Dyspepsia: A Randomized Controlled Trial


‘Objectives: This study was implemented to evaluate the effect of individualized acupuncture treatment (AT) on functional dyspepsia (FD).

Methods: A randomized, waitlist-controlled, two-center trial was performed. Seventy-six patients with FD were enrolled in the trial with partially individualized AT in a more realistic clinical setting performed twice a week for 15 minutes a session over 4 weeks. The participants were randomly allocated to a group receiving 8 sessions of AT for 4 weeks or a waitlist control group. After 4 consecutive weeks, the AT group was followed up without AT and the control group received the identical AT. The proportion of responders with adequate symptom relief, Nepean Dyspepsia Index (NDI), FD-related quality of life, Beck Depression Inventory, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, Acupuncture Belief Scale, and acupuncture credibility test were assessed.

Results: After the first 4 weeks, the proportion of responders significantly improved (59% in AT group [n = 37] versus 3% in control group [n = 39]; p < 0.001). The difference was no longer significant at 8 weeks, at which point the waitlist control group showed similar improvement after receiving AT (68% in the AT group versus 79% in the control group). Total NDI scores were significantly reduced in the AT group compared with the waitlist group (p = 0.03). Among NDI items, discomfort (p = 0.01), burning (p = 0.02), fullness after eating (p = 0.02), and burping (p = 0.02) were significantly improved in the AT group compared with the control group. No significant differences were observed between groups in other secondary variables.

Conclusion: Individualized AT adequately relieves symptoms in patients with FD, and this effect may persist up to 8 weeks.’


Ko, Seok-Jae et al. (2016) Individualized Acupuncture for Symptom Relief in Functional Dyspepsia: A Randomized Controlled Trial Journal: The journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.) ISSN: 1075-5535 Date: 12/2016   Volume: 22   Issue: 12   Page: 997-1006 DOI: 10.1089/acm.2016.0208

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