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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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Neuropathy - Peripheral

(2018) Acupuncture Combined with Hydrotherapy in Diabetes Patients with Mild Lower-Extremity Arterial Disease: A Prospective, Randomized, Nonblinded Clinical Study..

Conclusions: Acupuncture plus hydrotherapy, without significant glycemic-controlling effects in the type 2 diabetic patients with mild lower-extremity arterial disease, exerts a measurable benefit in disease-specific physical functions and health-related quality of life. Our results suggest that the combined therapy regulates the inflammatory process and oxidative stress and contributes to immune protection.

The acupoints used out in the study were Zusanli (ST 36), Taibai (SP 3), Sanyinjiao (SP 6), Fenglong (ST 40), Taixi (KI-3), and Yanglingquan (GB 34). The auxiliary points used were Hegu (LI 4), Quchi (LI 11), Chongyang (ST 42), and Yinglingquan (SP 9) to improve circulation stasis and phlegm; and Bafeng (EX-LE10) and Xiyan (EX-LE5) to improve numbness of the lower-extremity. ’

Zhengqin Qi., Pang, Y., Lin, L., Zhang, B., Et al.. (2018), Acupuncture Combined with Hydrotherapy in Diabetes Patients with Mild Lower-Extremity Arterial Disease: A Prospective, Randomized, Nonblinded Clinical Study...Med Sci Monit. 2018 May 8;24:2887-2900. doi: 10.12659/MSM.909733..


(2018) Electroacupuncture for Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (PDN): A Multicenter, Randomized, Assessor-Blinded, Controlled Trial.

In conclusion, In conclusion, the results of this study demonstrate that EA treatment is effective for reducing pain and improving sleep disturbance and quality of life in PDN. In addition, EA treatment was well tolerated and safe during this study. These findings suggest that EA treatment may be recommended as a non-pharmacological treatment for pain reduction in PDN

The participants in the EA group received EA treatment with a mixed current of 2 Hz/120 Hz at 12 acupuncture points (bilateral Zusanli [ST36], Xuanzhong [GB39], Yinlingquan [SP9], Sanyinjiao [SP6], Taichong [LR3], and Zulinqi [GB41]) twice per week for 8 weeks. Depending on the sites of pain, the additional acupuncture point Bafeng (EX-LE10) was available. ’

Kyung-Min Shin, Seunghoon Lee Et al.. (2018), Electroacupuncture for Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: A Multicenter, Randomized, Assessor-Blinded, Controlled Trial..Diabetes Care 2018 Oct; 41(10): e141-e142.

https://doi.org/10.2337/dc18-1254.


(2018) Repeated electroacupuncture treatment attenuated hyperalgesia through suppression of spinal glial activation in chronic neuropathic pain rats.

CONCLUSIONS: Repeated EA can relieve neuropathic pain and mirror-image pain in chronic neuropathic pain rats, which is probably associated with its effect in downregulating glial cell activation of the lumbar spinal cord, the microgliacyte first and astrocyte later..

Wang, J.-Y., Gao, Y.-H. et al. (2018) Manual acupuncture for treatment of diabetic peripheral neuropathy: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2018 Feb 21;18(1):74. doi: 10.1186/s12906-018-2134-8...


(2017) Acupuncture for the Treatment of Peripheral Neuropathy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

'Results: Fifteen studies were included: 13 original RCTs, a long-term follow-up, and a re-analysis of a prior RCT. The selected RCTs studied acupuncture for neuropathy caused by diabetes, Bell's palsy, carpal tunnel syndrome, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and idiopathic conditions. Acupuncture regimens, control conditions, and outcome measures differed among studies, and various methodological issues were identified. Still, the majority of RCTs showed benefit for acupuncture over control in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy, Bell's palsy, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Acupuncture is probably effective in the treatment of HIV-related neuropathy, and there is insufficient evidence for its benefits in idiopathic neuropathy. Acupuncture appears to improve nerve conduction study parameters in both sensory and motor nerves. Meta-analyses were conducted on all diabetic neuropathy and Bell's palsy individual subject data (six RCTs; a total of 680 subjects) using a summary estimate random effects model, which showed combined odds ratio of 4.23 (95% confidence interval 2.3–7.8; p < 0.001) favoring acupuncture over control for neuropathic symptoms.


Conclusions: Acupuncture is beneficial in some peripheral neuropathies, but more rigorously designed studies using sham-acupuncture control are needed to characterize its effect and optimal use better.'

Dimitrova Alexandra, Murchison Charles, and Oken Barry. (2017) Acupuncture for the Treatment of Peripheral Neuropathy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. January 2017, ahead of print. doi:10.1089/acm.2016.0155.


(2017) Acupuncture for neuropathic pain in adults.

'CONCLUSIONS: Due to the limited data available, there is insufficient evidence to support or refute the use of acupuncture for neuropathic pain in general, or for any specific neuropathic pain condition when compared with sham acupuncture or other active therapies. Five studies are still ongoing and seven studies are awaiting classification due to the unclear treatment duration, and the results of these studies may influence the current findings.'

Ju, Z.Y., Wang, K., Cui, H.S.. et al. (2017) Acupuncture for neuropathic pain in adults.. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017 Dec 2;12:CD012057. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD012057.pub2...


(2016) Acupuncture Treatment of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN) in an American Indian Community

'Method. Patients were treated once per week for 10 consecutive weeks with acupuncture point combinations individualized and relevant to each patient’s symptoms in order to reflect real-world practice. Commonly chosen points included ST-32, ST-37, ST-42, SP-7, SP-9, KI-1, KI-3, KI-9, LR-4, LR-7, GB-34, GB-37, and the Bafeng points. DeQi sensation was confirmed by patient feedback and needles were left in situ for 30 minutes.

Results. The 19 participants who completed the 10 weeks of acupuncture treatment reported significantly reduced severity and frequency of neuropathy symptoms for the following (Neuropathy total symptom scale-6 questionnaire items): aching pain, burning pain, tingling / prickling sensation, numbness, and allodynia / sensitivity to touch. Both aching and burning pain were responsive to acupuncture treatment in this patient group, unlike lancinating pain, which is shooting or electric in nature, and did not diminish significantly over the 10 week period. Nonpainful DPN symptoms such as tingling / prickling sensation, allodynia/sensitivity to light touch, and numbness were also responsive to acupuncture treatment in this group.’ Bailey A. et al. (2016), Acupuncture Treatment of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy in an American Indian Community. J Acupunct Meridian Stud 2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jams.2016.10.004


(2013) Manual acupuncture for treatment of diabetic peripheral neuropathy: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials.

CONCLUSIONS: Despite the number of trials of manual acupuncture for DPN and their uniformly positive results, no clinically relevant conclusions can be drawn from this review due to the trials' high risks of bias and the possibility of publication bias.

Chen, W., Yang, G.-Y. et al. (2013) Manual acupuncture for treatment of diabetic peripheral neuropathy: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. PLoS One. 2013 Sep 12;8(9):e73764. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0073764. eCollection 2013..


(2011) Direct current electrical stimulation of acupuncture needles for peripheral nerve regeneration: An exploratory case series

Direct current electrical stimulation of certain acupuncture points were used to help in the healing process of damaged peripheral nerves (particularly the Peroneal, but also Axillary and Ulnar).

The summary points were:-

  1. Direct current electroacupuncture stimulates nerve regeneration in animals
  2. Courses of direct electro acupuncture were given to 7 patients with peripheral nerve damage.
  3. Good results were seen in 4 patients, and some change in 2 more.

Motohiro I et al. 2011) Direct current electrical stimulation of acupuncture needles for peripheral nerve regeneration: an exploratory case series  (Acupuncture in Medicine June 2011 Volume 29 Issue 2)


(1998) Acupuncture for the treatment of chronic painful peripheral diabetic neuropathy: a long-term study.

Abstract: Forty-six diabetic patients with chronic painful peripheral neuropathy were treated with acupuncture analgesia to determine its efficacy and long-term effectiveness. Twenty-nine (63%) patients were already on standard medical treatment for painful neuropathy. Patients initially received up to six courses of classical acupuncture analgesia over a period of 10 weeks, using traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture points. Forty-four patients completed the study with 34 (77%) showing significant improvement in their primary and/or secondary symptoms (P < 0.01). These patients were followed up for a period of 18-52 weeks with 67% were able to stop or reduce their medications significantly. During the follow-up period only eight (24%) patients required further acupuncture treatment. Although 34 (77%) patients noted significant improvement in their symptoms, only seven (21%) noted that their symptoms cleared completely..’ Abuaisha BB, Costanzi JB, Boulton AJ (1998), Acupuncture for the treatment of chronic painful peripheral diabetic neuropathy: a long-term study..Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 1998 Feb;39(2):115-21.

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