Drs Martin & Sue Allbright

'Blending an ancient medical approach of mind and body with modern health'

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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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Sleep Problems - Insomnia

(2018) Acupuncture for treatment of persistent disturbed sleep: A randomized clinical trial in veterans with mild traumatic brain injury (mBTI) and post-traumatic stress disorder

'Conclusion: Real acupuncture, compared to a sham needling procedure, resulted in a significant improvement in subjective and objective sleep measures for veterans with mTBI and disturbed sleep, even in the presence of PTSD. These results indicate that an alternative medicine treatment modality like acupuncture provides meaningful relief for a particularly recalcitrant problem affecting large segments of the veteran population.'

W.Huang,T.Johnson (2018) Acupuncture for treatment of persistent disturbed sleep: A randomized clinical trial in veterans with mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Volume 61, Supplement, July 2018, Page e89 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rehab.2018.05.191


(2017) The efficacy and safety stimulating a single acu-point shenmen (HT 7) for managing insomnia: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials.

'Conclusions. There was insufficient evidence to confirm whether HT7 stimulation could improve insomnia but there are some positive indications which warrant further research. These findings should be interpreted with caution due to the poor reporting and methodological quality of included trials.'

Zhijie Wang, Xiaoyang Hu et al., (2017) The efficacy and safety stimulating a single acu-point shenmen (HT 7) for managing insomnia: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials. European Journal of Integrative Medicine. Volume 15, October 2017, Pages 17-22

(2017) Acupuncture Improves Peri-menopausal Insomnia: A Randomized Controlled Trial

'Interventions: A 10-session of acupuncture at bilateral Shenshu (BL 23) and Ganshu (BL 18) with unilateral Qimen (LR 14) and Jingmen (GB 25) or Streitberger needles at the same acupoints was performed for over 3 weeks.

Results. After the treatments, the decrease from baseline in PSQI (Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index) score was 8.03 points in acupuncture group and 1.29 points in placebo-acupuncture group. The change from baseline in ISI score was 11.35 points in acupuncture group and 2.87 points in placebo-acupuncture group. In PSG (over-night polysomnographydata), acupuncture significantly improved the sleep efficiency and total sleep time, associated with less wake after sleep onset and lower percent stage 1 after the treatment. No significant differences from baseline to post-treatment were found in placebo-acupuncture group.

Conclusions. Acupuncture can contribute to a clinically relevant improvement in the short-term treatment of PMI, both subjectively and objectively.'

Nice symptomatic trial comparing placebo streitberger needle to real needling, however small numbers and only symptomatic acupuncture being assessed.

Cong Fu  Na Zhao et al., (2017) Acupuncture Improves Peri-menopausal Insomnia: A Randomized Controlled Trial Sleep, zsx153, https://doi.org/10.1093/sleep/zsx153

(2017) An integrative Chinese-Western diagnostic approach to predict a positive response to acupuncture (in insomnia)

'Discussion. We showed that comorbid depression was a favourable factor predicting a positive response to acupuncture in subjects with insomnia. It is possible that insomnia comorbid with depression responds better to our acupuncture regimen, which includes acupuncture points traditionally used for depression, for example, HT7, Yintang and GV20.5 For subjects who were diagnosed with Heart-kidney non-interaction, the presence of comorbid depression produced significantly higher response rates than those without comorbid depression. We believe that a Western-TCM integrative approach may bring new insights to the understanding of insomnia and may be useful for selecting suitable patients for acupuncture.'

Chung K, Yeung W, Leung C, et al (2017) An integrative Chinese-Western diagnostic approach to predict a positive response to acupuncture. Acupuncture in Medicine Published Online First: 02 May 2017. doi: 10.1136/acupmed-2017-011399

(2017) Comparison Between Acupuncture and Biofeedback as Adjunctive Treatments for Primary Insomnia Disorder.

'Conclusions • The change in the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) score and the success rate were better in the acupuncture group' compared to the Biofeedback group.

Huang HT, Lin SL, Lin CH, Tzeng DS. (2017) Comparison Between Acupuncture and Biofeedback as Adjunctive Treatments for Primary Insomnia Disorder. Altern Ther Health Med. 2017 Feb 27. pii: at5471.

(2009) Acupuncture and Reflexology for Insomnia: A feasability study.

'Two out of the three acupuncture reflexology participants had clinically relevant improvement (based on the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index)

The study was too small for it to be statistically significant.

Chronic lack of sleep causes a massive strain on the human body and mind. It has been associated with hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack and stroke.

People who have quality sleep live longer than people who are sleep deprived. Interestingly, too much sleep – nine hours or more – can have adverse affects on a persons mortality rate as well.'

Hughes CM, McCullough CA, Bradbury I, et al (2009) Acupuncture and reflexology for insomnia: a feasibility study. Acupuncture in Medicine 2009;27:163-168

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