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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(2018) Management of Menopause Symptoms with Acupuncture: An Umbrella Systematic Review and Meta-
‘Conclusions: Evidence from RCTs supports the use of acupuncture as an adjunctive or stand-
Befus Deanna, Coeytaux Remy R., Et al., (2018) Management of Menopause Symptoms with Acupuncture: An Umbrella Systematic Review and Meta-
(2017) Traditional acupuncture for menopausal hot flashes (HF): A systematic review and meta-
‘Results: Eleven RCTs were included in this systematic review, and nine were included in the meta-
Conclusion: The evidence suggested that TA can improve HF in menopausal women and could be a potential treatment for menopausal women.’
(2017) Acupuncture May Improve Quality of Life in Menopausal Women: A Meta-
‘Conclusion. Both the total score and the subgroup analysis strongly indicated that acupuncture can alleviate menopause-
(2017) Trajectories of Response to Acupuncture for Menopausal Vasomotor Symptoms: The Acupuncture in Menopause Study.
‘CONCLUSIONS: Approximately half of the treated sample reported a decline in VMS frequency, but identifying clear predictors of clinical response to acupuncture treatment of menopausal vasomotor symptoms remains challenging.’
NE Avis et al. (2017) Trajectories of Response to Acupuncture for Menopausal Vasomotor Symptoms: The Acupuncture in Menopause Study. Pub. Menopause 24 (2), 171-
(2016) Acupuncture in Menopause (AIM) Study: A Pragmatic, Randomized Controlled Trial.
‘A total of 209 peri-
NE Avis et al. (2016) Acupuncture in Menopause (AIM) Study: A Pragmatic, Randomized Controlled Trial Pub. Menopause 23 (6), 626-
(2016) Acupuncture for Menopausal Hot Flashes: A Randomized Trial
‘Conclusion: Chinese medicine acupuncture was not superior to noninsertive sham acupuncture for women with moderately severe menopausal Hot flashes.
Interventions: 10 treatments over 8 weeks of either standardized Chinese medicine needle acupuncture designed to treat kidney yin deficiency or noninsertive sham acupuncture.’
Our biggest criticism is that in Classical Five element acupuncture terms all women who have hot flashes do not all have Kidney yin deficiency! Failure to take this into account will mean that some women will not be getting the correct acupuncture treatment for their state of health plus placebo acupuncture is not placebo it has been shown to have active components. However ‘acupuncture and a placebo version of acupuncture with no needle insertion both reduced hot flash scores by about 40%, and the reduction was sustained for 6 months.’
Ee C. et al. (2016) Acupuncture for Menopausal Hot Flashes: A Randomized Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2016;164(3):146-
(2014) Effects of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (Zhi Mu 14) on hot flushes and quality of life in postmenopausal women – Results from a four-
DISCUSSION . Our findings demonstrate a significant improvement of hot flush severity and frequency, as well as other menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women after 12 weeks of TCM acupuncture treatment in comparison to sham acupuncture. Moreover we measured persisting long-
Unlike several sham-
Nedeljkovic M. et al. (2014) Effects of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (Zhi Mu 14) on hot flushes and quality of life in postmenopausal women – Results from a four-
(2013) Acupuncture for menopausal hot flushes (cochrane review)
‘Main results. Four studies compared acupuncture versus waiting list or no intervention. Traditional acupuncture was significantly more effective in reducing hot flush frequency from baseline and was also significantly more effective in reducing hot flush severity The effect size was moderate in both cases. For quality of life measures, acupuncture was significantly less effective than Hormone therapy, but traditional acupuncture was significantly more effective than no intervention.’Dodin S, Blanchet C, Marc I, Ernst E, Wu T, Vaillancourt C, Paquette J, Maunsell E. (2013) Acupuncture for menopausal hot flushes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD007410. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007410.pub2.
(2011) The effect of acupuncture on postmenopausal symptoms and reproductive hormones: a sham controlled clinical trial
'Conclusion: Acupuncture was effective in reducing menopausal complaints when compared to sham acupuncture and can be considered as an alternative in the treatment of menopausal symptoms. ........ particularly in hot flushes, in women who have contraindications for HRT.'
'Oestrogen levels were significantly higher than in the sham group at the end of treatment. ..... Luteinising hormone (LH) levels were reduced and oestradiol levels were raised after treatment with acupuncture group, but we believe that those changes in hormone levels are not sufficiently large to explain the changes in symptoms.
Like several other studies, in this study the severity of hot-
In this study, real acupuncture treatment was superior to sham acupuncture, in the relief of somatic, and psychological symptoms in post-
No adverse effects were observed in any of the patients.
The sample size was very small, ...... more reliable results can be obtained in the studies with larger sample size and longer follow up.'
XI36, X4, IV3, VIII3, CV24.5 (EX-
(Acupuncture in Medicine March 2011 Volume 29 Issue 1 pages 27-
‘Conclusion. Acupuncture treatment for relieving menopausal symptoms may be effective for decreasing hot flushes and the Kupperman Menopausal Index (KMI) score in postmenopausal women.’
Castelo Branco de Luca, A. Maggio da Fonseca, C. M. Carvalho Lopes, V. R. Bagnoli, J. M. Soares Jr & E. C. Baracat (2011) Acupuncture-
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