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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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Parkinsons Disease

(2017) Acupuncture in the treatment of fatigue in Parkinson's disease (PD): A pilot, randomized, controlled, study

Methods: Forty-one PD patients with tremor were randomly assigned to true acupuncture group (TAG, n = 14), sham acupuncture group (SAG, n = 14) and waiting group (WG, n = 13). All patients received levodopa for 12 weeks. Patients in TAG were acupunctured on DU20, GB20, and the Chorea-Tremor Controlled Zone, and patients in SAG accepted sham acupuncture, while patients in WG received no acupuncture treatment until 12 weeks after the course was ended.

Conclusions: The cerebellum, thalamus and motor cortex, which are connected to the cerebello-thalamo-cortical (CTC) circuit, were modulated by the acupuncture stimulation to alleviate the PD tremor. The regulation of neural activity within the cognitive brain regions (the Default Mode Network (DMN), visual areas, insula and Prefrontal Cortex) together with CTC circuit may contributes to enhancing movement and improving patients' daily life activities.Keng H. Kong, Hwee L. Ng, et al. (2017) Acupuncture in the treatment of fatigue in Parkinson's disease: A pilot, randomized, controlled, study. Brain Behav. 2017;e00897. https://doi.org/10.1002/brb3.897


(2017) Acupuncture in the treatment of fatigue in Parkinson's disease: A pilot, randomized, controlled, study

Conclusions: Both real and sham acupuncture are equally effective in improving PD-related fatigue, and it is likely that this is due to nonspecific or placebo effects.

Keng H. Kong, Hwee L. Ng, et al. (2017) Acupuncture in the treatment of fatigue in Parkinson's disease: A pilot, randomized, controlled, study. Brain Behav. 2017;e00897. https://doi.org/10.1002/brb3.897


(2017) Efficacy and safety of acupuncture combined with Madopar for Parkinson’s disease: a systematic review with meta-analysis

'Meta-analyses showed that acupuncture combined with Madopar for the treatment of PD can significantly improve the clinical effectiveness compared with Madopar alone. Accordingly, acupuncture combined with Madopar appeared to have a positive effect on activities of daily life and the general condition of patients with PD, but was not better than Madopar alone for the treatment of mental activity, behaviour, mood and motor disability. In the safety evaluation, it was found that acupuncture combined with Madopar significantly relieved adverse effects including gastrointestinal reactions, on–off phenomena and mental disorders  but did not significantly reduce dyskinesia.'

Liu H, Chen L, Zhang Z, et al. (2017) Efficacy and safety of acupuncture combined with Madopar for Parkinson’s disease: a systematic review with meta-analysis Acupuncture in Medicine Published Online First: 27 November 2017. doi: 10.1136/acupmed-2016-011342


(2017) Effectiveness and safety of acupuncture in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

'42 studies involving 2625 participants were systematically reviewed. Participants treated using combined acupuncture and conventional medication (CM) showed significant improvements in total Unified PD Rating Scale (UPDRS), UPDRS I, UPDRS II, UPDRS III, and the Webster scale compared to those treated using CM alone.Similarly, the combination of scalp electroacupuncture, acupuncture, and CM was significantly more effective than CM alone in total UPDRS. No serious adverse events were reported.

Conclusions. We found that acupuncture might be a safe and useful adjunctive treatment for patients with PD. However, because of methodological flaws in the included studies, conclusive evidence is still lacking. More rigorous and well-designed placebo-controlled trials should be conducted.'

Hyeonseok Noh, Seungwon Kwona, et al., (2017) Effectiveness and safety of acupuncture in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. Volume 34, October 2017, Pages 86–103


(2017) Clinical Study on Treatment of Parkinson's Disease using Electroacupuncture Combined with Rehabilitation

'Results: After treatment, the Wechsler

comprehensive assessment scale, Barthel index and UPDRS III score of the observation group were significantly higher than the control group (p <0.05). The total effective rate was 90% in the observation group and 60% in the control group. There was significant difference in the total effective rate between the two groups (p <0.05).

Conclusion: Treatment of Parkinson's disease with electroacupuncture combined with  rehabilitation is effective and can improve the clinical symptoms and quality of life of patients.'

However the trial is under powered, and does not give specific details of what acupuncture scalp point was used so it is not a repeatable study.

SUN Li, JIANG Xian-feng (2017) Clinical Study on Treatment of Parkinson's Disease using Electroacupuncture Combined with Rehabilitation, Advanced Emergency Medicine Volume 6 Issue 1 |2017 | 9


(2017) Clinical effectiveness of acupuncture on

Parkinson disease (PD). A PRISMA-compliant systematic review and meta-analysis.


Results. Acupuncture was effective in relieving PD symptoms compared with no treatment and conventional treatment alone, and acupuncture plus conventional treatment had a more significant effect than conventional treatment alone.

Conclusions: We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the use of acupuncture for relief of PD symptoms and found that acupuncture has significant positive effects. Acupuncture can be considered as a combination treatment with conventional treatment for patients with PD.

Sook-Hyun Lee & Sabina Lim (2017) Clinical effectiveness of acupuncture on Parkinson disease. A PRISMA-compliant systematic review and meta-analysis.  Medicine (2017) 96:3(e5836)


(2016) Acupuncture as Adjuvant Therapy for Sleep Disorders in Parkinson's Disease.


Quote from the article. 'There was a significant improvement on experimental group after intervention. Significant differences were observed in the domains: general sleep quality, nocturnal psychosis and nocturnal motor symptoms.'

Intervention. 'The experimental group was submitted to 8 sections (once a week) which had duration of 30 minutes. On another hand, the control group had no intervention. The intervention was executed using the acupuncture points LR3 (Taichong), SP6 (Sanyinjiao), LI4 (Hegu), TE5 (Wai-Guan), HT7 (Shenmen), PC6 (Neiguan), LI11 (Quchi), GB20 (Fengchi). All those acupuncture points had been selected according data of previous studies.'


However no description is provided of the needle technique used at the acupuncture points. The control group had no intervention since even placebo acupuncture has an active effect. The article references several previous studies which also describe observing the benefits acupuncture in motor control, and stiffness.

Aroxa FHA et al. (2016) Acupuncture as Adjuvant Therapy for Sleep Disorders In Parkinson's Disease. Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jams.2016.12.007



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