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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.

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Vocal Dysphonia - Vocal Pathologies (Benign)

(2017) The effectiveness of Physiotherapy and Complementary Therapies in voice Disorders: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials


The literature regarding the effectiveness of physiotherapy and complementary therapies was good in both quality and results. The evidence from the studies included in the review suggest that manual therapy through laryngeal massage and massage of the neck or shoulder girdle is an effective treatment to reduce dysphonia complaints and muscle tension and to improve voice quality. It is important to emphasize that the TENS and acupuncture also presented good results. The knowledge of the relationship between body posture, laryngeal muscles, voice production, and dysphonia is of paramount importance because a transdisciplinary action can optimize evaluation and treatment in order to provide clinically significant benefits to patients with voice problems.'

Cardoso R, Meneses RF and Lumini-Oliveira J (2017) The Effectiveness of Physiotherapy and Complementary Therapies on Voice Disorders: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials. Front. Med. 4:45. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2017.00045

(2015) Is Acupuncture Efficacious for Treating Phonotraumatic Vocal Pathologies? A Randomized Control Trial

'Summary. Objectives. To investigate the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating phonotraumatic vocal fold lesions.

Study Design/Methods. A total of 123 dysphonic individuals with benign vocal pathologies were recruited. They were given either genuine acupuncture (n = 40), sham acupuncture (n = 44), or no treatment (n = 39) for 6 weeks (two 30-minute sessions/wk). The genuine acupuncture group received needles puncturing nine voice-related acupoints for 30 minutes, two times a week for 6 weeks, whereas the sham acupuncture group received blunted needles stimulating the skin surface of the nine acupoints for the same frequency and duration. The no-treatment group did not receive any intervention but attended just the assessment sessions. One-hundred seventeen subjects completed the study (genuine acupuncture = 40; sham acupuncture = 43; and no treatment = 34), but only 84 of them had a complete set of vocal functions and quality of life measures (genuine acupuncture = 29; sham acupuncture = 33; and no-treatment = 22) and 42 of them with a complete set of endoscopic data (genuine acupuncture = 16; sham acupuncture = 15; and no treatment = 11).

Genuine acupuncture group that received needles in nine voice-related acupoints (two Hegu (LI4) and two Lieque (LU7) points at the wrists, one Lianquan (CV23), and two Renying (ST9) points in the neck, and two Zhaohai (KI6) points at the ankles). Disposable stainless steel needles (0.25 mm diameter, 25 mm long with a 25 mm extended handle) were used, with a depth about 13 mm for Zhaohai, Hegu, and Lianquan and 5–8 mm for Lieque and Renyin acupoints. Stimulation was applied by twirling the needles once every 5 min for 30 min; the sham acupuncture group received blunted needles stimulating the skin surface of the nine acupoints for the same frequency and duration as the genuine acupuncture group.

Results. Significant improvement in vocal function, as indicated by the maximum fundamental frequency produced, and also perceived quality of life, were found in both the genuine and sham acupuncture groups, but not in the no-treatment group. Structural (morphological) improvements were, however, only noticed in the genuine acupuncture group, which demonstrated a significant reduction in the size of the vocal fold lesions.

Conclusions. The findings showed that acupuncture of voice-related acupoints could bring about improvement in vocal function and healing of vocal fold lesions.

Yiu, Edwin M.L. et al. (2015) Is Acupuncture Efficacious for Treating Phonotraumatic Vocal Pathologies? A Randomized Control Trial. Journal of Voice , Volume 30 , Issue 5 , 611 - 620

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