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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Tenosynovitis - De Quervain's

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(2014) Acupuncture in De Quervain’s disease: a treatment proposal

De Quervain's disease is a painful stenosing tenosynovitis of the first dorsal compartment of the hand affecting the tendons of the abductor pollicis longus (APL) and extensor pollicis brevis (EPB), caused mainly by overuse. Conventional treatments include rest, immobilisation, oral anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroid injection and even surgery, but none of these is established as clearly effective. Acupuncture is rarely mentioned and the points suggested are rather general—regional, tender and ah shi points.

The field of musculoskeletal pain is one area where we may increase the specificity of treatment through accurate diagnosis, knowledge of anatomy and the correct needling of affected structures. This seems to be the case in De Quervain's disease. It is caused by an overuse of the thumb or an overuse of APL and EPB muscles. In our short experience of treating patients with this approach, we have seen a better response with needles than seen previously with other treatments. Of course, this should be confirmed in a proper trial.’

João Bosco Guerreiro da Silva, Fernando Batigália. (2014) Acupuncture in De Quervain’s disease: a treatment proposal. Acupuncture in Medicine 2014;32:70-72.