Drs Martin & Sue Allbright

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


Acupuncture Research






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.


Classical Acupuncture

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(2017) Do Vulvodynia TCM Patterns Differ by Pain Types? Beginning Evidence Supporting the Concept.

'Nociceptive pain is in response to tissue trauma from an acute insult that triggers nociceptors (afferent peripheral nerve cells) to react and signal the body to quickly withdraw from the offending stimulus. Neuropathic pain is chronic and signals an injury to the peripheral and/or central nervous system. Acute pain may become chronic...

Clinically, we observed that women with vulvodynia and

diagnosed with the excess heat pattern reported symptoms....associated with neuropathic pain ......vulvar burning, itching, shooting pain, and stabbing pain........

.....women diagnosed with the excess cold pattern reported cramping pain as well as a heaviness or a pulling sensation in the vulva, associated with nociceptive pain.

......There is sufficient evidence to warrant future studies with larger samples to examine the hypothesis that an excess heat pattern is associated with neuropathic pain and an excess cold pattern is associated with nociceptive pain.'

Schlaeger JM et al. (2017) Do Vulvodynia TCM Patterns Differ by Pain Types? Beginning Evidence Supporting the Concept. THE JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE Volume 23, Number 5, 2017, pp. 380–384

(2015) The Treatment of Vulvodynia with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Quotes from Summary. 'I expect the pain to have improved somewhat within three months of weekly acupuncture sessions.'

'As in many other cases we encounter in our clinic, vulvodynia patients come to us after having tried many other treatment methods that conventional and complementary medicines can offer, giving themselves one last chance to find a cure for their condition, or at least to relieve their symptoms. For vulvodynia patients, Chinese medicine is often the last resort before they turn to surgery. These patients must be handled with greatest sensitivity and any form of invasiveness must be avoided, whether in terms of how they are questioned, how  they are treated with acupuncture or in any other physical contact and interaction.

Zilberman O. (2015) The Treatment of Vulvodynia with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Journal of Chinese Medicine • Number 109 • October 2015

(2014) Acupuncture for the Treatment of Vulvodynia

'Results: Vulvar pain and dyspareunia showed statistically significant reductions, and sexual function showed a statistically significant increase for women in the acupuncture group as compared to the wait-list control group. Acupuncture showed a trend for increased vaginal lubrication and reduced affective pain. Acupuncture did not increase sexual desire, sexual arousal, ability to orgasm, or sexual satisfaction in women with vulvodynia.'

Schlaeger J. et al. (2014) Acupuncture for the Treatment of Vulvodynia. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health doi:10.1111/jmwh.12241Volume 59, No. 5, September/October 2014

(1999) Acupuncture for the Treatment of Vulvodynia

Quote from Summary 'in view of the patients' lack of response to other measures their satisfaction with the acupuncture was surprisingly high.'

Powell J. & Wojnarowska F. (1999) Acupuncture for Vulvodynia. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine Volume 92 November 1999

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