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.

We hope later to share more information on the five elements of acupuncture.

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Infertility - Fertility - Pregnancy

(2017) A Retrospective study of improving the pregnancy rate of in-vitro fertilization with acupuncture only tapping at fixed points.

Results: Over 50 transfer cycles, subjects had a biochemical pregnancy rate per transfer cycle of 62.0% and a clinical pregnancy rate of 52.0%. A biochemical pregnancy rate per transfer cycle increased 1.35 times and a clinical pregnancy

rate increased 1.42 times by current  acupuncture.

Conclusion: Results suggested that slight insertion of acupuncture needles at fixed points markedly improved the pregnancy rate of in-vitro fertilisation

Isobe T (2017) A Retrospective study of improving the pregnancy rate of in-vitro fertilization with acupuncture only tapping at fixed points. Arch Med Vol No:9 Iss No:6:1


(2017) Acupuncture treatment for infertility due to low antimüllerian hormone levels. Case study.

‘Abstract. Antimüllerian hormone (AMH) is produced in the ovarian follicles. The levels of the hormone on a blood test show woman’s ovarian reserves which determine the capacity of the egg cells in the ovaries needed for conception. We report a case of a 33-year-old female diagnosed with the primary infertility for 3 years due to unsuccessful natural conceiving. The patient had regular menstrual cycle with duration of only 1 day. The patient’s blood test indicated insufficiently grown follicles needed for conception, low AMH levels (0.94 ng/mL), and high androstenedione (458 ng/mL) levels. The patient underwent 32 treatment cycles, one treatment every week, over a period of 1 year. After the treatment with acupuncture and infrared lamp, her menstrual cycle was lengthened to 4 days, and the blood analysis showed normally grown ovarian follicles up to 20 mm with good quality and normal hormone levels.’

A positive case history which indicates physiological change does not happen over night from one or two treatments, however it would have been better if they had recorded the blood levels on a more frequent basis to demonstrate the changes. The acupuncture points used were EX-HN-1 (SiShenCong), Li4 (HeGu), St25 (Tianshu), Rn10 (Xian wan), Sp9 (Yinlingquan), St36 (ZuSanLi), Sp6 (SanYinJiao), Lv3 (TaiChong), Gb20 (FengChi), Du14 (DaZhu), Bl25 (DaChangShu), and Bl32 (Ciliao) Rn7 (Yinjiao), Rn4 (Guan Yuan), Rn3 (Zhongji), and St28 (Shuidao).

Jihe Zhu. (2017) Acupuncture treatment for infertility due to low antimüllerian hormone levels. Case study. Indian Journal of Case Reports, 2017


(2015) Somatosensory stimulation and assisted reproduction

'The acupuncture points targeted generally correspond anatomically to the segmental innervation of the uterus and ovaries, irrespective of whether the primary approach to point selection is traditional or neurophysiological.

Ultimately, further research is required before somatosensory stimulation techniques such as acupuncture or TEAS can be widely adopted for ART. Meanwhile, agreement is needed about the validity of sham controls, which may otherwise obscure the evidence.'

Carr D (2015) Somatosensory stimulation and assisted reproduction Acupuncture in Medicine 2015;33:2-6.


(2012) Traditional Chinese medicine patterns and recommended acupuncture points in infertile and fertile women

'Conclusion. The data indicate that the presence of some, and the absence of other, TCM patterns are associated with infertility. These results are not consistent with the assumed associations between eight specific patterns and infertility, as maintained by TCM textbooks.

Results. Three TCM patterns were found in more than 92% of the women. Five patterns occurred more frequently among infertile (p≤0.03), and four among fertile (p≤0.02) women. Only three of the eight patterns assumed typical for infertile women were more common among infertile women. Two of the eight patterns were more common among fertile women. Acupuncture points KI3, LI3 and SP6 were chosen for almost all women, whereas CV4, CV3 and ST29 were chosen more often for infertile women (p<0.03), and SP3 more often for fertile women (p<0.001). ‘

Acupuncture points used were as follows:-

CV 4, CV 3, Ki 3, Ki 14, Lv 8, Lv 3, Gb 34, Sp 3, Sp 6, Sp 9, Co 4, St 29, St 36, St 40, and Zigong.


Dr Martin and Sue Allbright’s comments, regarding the above. “We are not surprised at the findings. TCM patterns and not everyone will fit into a pattern. We are both trained in Five Element Acupuncture which looks at the overall nature of a person and does not look for patterns.”

Oddveig Birkeflet et al. (2012) Traditional Chinese medicine patterns and recommended acupuncture points in infertile and fertile women. (Acupuncture in Medicine March 2012 Volume 30 Issue 1)

Since the mid 1990’s there has been a large amount of research, literature and press cuttings about the use of acupuncture and its beneficial effects for infertility / fertility issues and pregnancy. Actually none of this is new apart from the modern research. Acupuncture has been used for these conditions for thousands of years.

Much of the present research is based on formula/pattern acupuncture or neurophysiological segmental approach. This is where a standard prescription of acupuncture points is used on every single person. Yes this can work, there are many formulas/patterns and prescriptions of acupuncture points to help in these situations. However there is no one formula or prescription of acupuncture points that will suit every single person.

We both use acupuncture to treat the ‘root’ cause of your situation following with the ‘laws of nature’.  You have acupuncture treatments that are in accord to the nature of your situation.

In many ways the role of the classical acupuncturist is like that of a gardener.  A good gardener looks at the nature of the garden and all its elements to see what is happening. They then ask ‘What is it that is needed, to help the plants and flowers to thrive and to produce their seeds and fruit?’

Likewise a good acupuncturist will look at you and ask themselves a similar question. ‘What is it that you need to facilitate you own fertility, pregnancy and birth of a child?’ We gather information about you and your situation and then tailor the acupuncture to your needs.

In relation to infertility

When you come to us for a consultation we need to assess your state of health. Ideally it is best to assess each partner to see what is the overall picture. Then we can say who needs the acupuncture treatment the most or in some cases both. Again it is best if acupuncture treatment can be given for at least three months before any IVF treatment commences. Depending on your state of health you may not need much treatment. Conversely for some people it can take much longer to get improvements in your health.

Acupuncture - Fertility News

On March 10th 2010 there was a published statement by the ‘British Fertility Society’ which looked at various trials of acupuncture treatment around the time of embryo transfer. They concluded that acupuncture was of no benefit in this situation. They looked at 14 trials to do with acupuncture administered before, during and or after embryo transfer. In short there was no consistency in the results between the trials.

We have observed people gaining huge benefits from having acupuncture to help and aid in their fertility. In this instance the assessment of the acupuncture treatment is just over a few days and this is a ‘blinkered’ approach. Let us remember one of the many facts about nature and the way we grow, new sperm take around 100 days to develop and mature!! So any acupuncture treatment to help improve the quality and energy of the sperm may not become apparent until after 100 days.

It has also been shown conclusively that acupuncture treatment has been found to help increase blood flow to the reproductive organs, balance hormone levels, regulate the menstrual cycle and help improve the lining of the uterus and quality of the eggs released.

"In many ways the role of the classical acupuncturist is like that of a gardener.  A good gardener looks at the nature of the garden and all its elements to see what is happening. They then ask ‘What is it that is needed, to help the plants and flowers to thrive and to produce their seeds and fruit?’ "

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