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Acupuncture Research

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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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Headache (Tension Type)

(2017) The effect of myofascial release and microwave diathermy combined with acupuncture versus acupuncture therapy in tension-type headache patients: A pragmatic randomized controlled trial.

'DISCUSSION: In conclusion, patients with TTH headache were benefited from acupuncture and stretching but further pressure pain threshold improvements were evidenced when physiotherapy hands-on techniques were added. In clinical terms, the combination of physiotherapy in the form of myofascial release and microwave diathermy with acupuncture and stretching in order to improve the analgesic effect (PPT) is strongly recommended.'

Georgoudis G, Felah B, Nikolaidis P, Damigos D. The effect of myofascial release and microwave diathermy combined with acupuncture versus acupuncture therapy in tension-type headache patients: A pragmatic randomized controlled trial. Physiother Res Int. 2017;e1700. https://doi.org/10.1002/pri.1700


(2017) Acupuncture For The Prevention Of Tension-type Headache

Authors' Conclusions: The available results suggest that acupuncture is effective for treating frequent episodic or chronic tension-type headaches, but further trials - particularly comparing acupuncture with other treatment options – are needed.

Nielsen, A. (2016) Acupuncture for the Prevention of Tension-type Headache  Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.explore.2017.03.007

(2016) Acupuncture for the prevention of tension-type headache. (Cochrane Database of Systematic Review)

'Implications for practice, The available results suggest that acupuncture may be considered for treating frequent episodic or chronic tension-type headaches.'

Linde K, Allais G, Brinkhaus B, Fei Y, Mehring M, Shin BC, Vickers A, White AR. (2016) Acupuncture for the prevention of tension-type headache. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD007587. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007587.pub2.

(2016) Acupuncture may be considered to be an effective tool for patients with frequent episodic or chronic tension-type headache.

‘Commentary. This updated systematic review demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture as a prophylactic treatment of Tension Type Headache (TTH). Only one new, small, sham controlled trial was added in this review, so the findings remain largely unchanged. In the guideline published before, acupuncture was recommended as class C for patients with migraine. Authors assessed the effectiveness of acupuncture in patients with TTH through three aspects. First, on comparing acupuncture with no prophylactic treatment or routine care only, results showed participants in the acupuncture group had reduction in headache frequency; however, long-term effects were not investigated. Second, the comparison of acupuncture with various sham interventions illustrated that the correct selection of acupoints may play a less important role than many acupuncturists had thought. This could perhaps be due to acupuncture depending more on whether the needles penetrate into the skin. In contrast, other studies applying acupressure or laser acupuncture on patients with TTH have indicated that particular acupuncture points were a crucial issue regardless of the method of stimulation. These different kinds of acupuncture trials were not selected in this review, and the importance of acupoints is still controversial. Finally, the comparison of acupuncture with other interventions such as physiotherapy, massage and relaxation did not yield significant results. Overall, acupuncture may be considered for treating frequent episodic or chronic TTH, but the importance of acupoints and the effect of acupuncture compared with other prophylactic drug treatments need to be discussed.’

Yinglu Liu, Shengyuan Yu (2016) Acupuncture may be considered to be an effective tool for patients with frequent episodic or chronic tension-type headache.  Evidence-Based Medicine · August 2016 DOI: 10.1136/ebmed-2016-110487

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