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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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Neuropathy - Peripheral

(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.


(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


(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)

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