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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(2018) Is dry needling effective for low back pain?: A systematic review and PRISMA-
'Conclusions: Compared with acupuncture and sham needling, DN is more effective for alleviating pain and disability at postintervention in LBP, while its effectiveness on pain and disability at follow-
(2018) The relief of chronic low back pain (CLBP) immediately after one session of low level laser acupuncture therapy (LLLAT)
'The Acupuncturists inserted a stainless steel needle in local low back (Du3,4, UB23,5,6), distal (UB36, 40,54,7,8,60, GB30,1,4, Li4) and auricular points. laser-
Conclusions: Both measures were decreased in both groups but laser acupuncture resulted in a significant improvement in functional and symptomatic outcomes in this group of patients with CLBP even after 24 weeks follow up.'
D. Houssien1, A. Houssien. (2018) The relief of chronic low back pain (CLBP) immediately after one session of low level laser acupuncture therapy (LLLAT) Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 2018;77:468-
(2018) Warming Needle Moxibustion Relieves Symptoms of Lumbar Disc Herniation Patients and Upregulates Plasma β-
'The effective rate of the warming needle moxibustion was significantly higher than that of the conventional acupuncture (P<0.05).The levels of plasma β-
CONCLUSION: Warming needle moxibustion has a better therapeutic effect in relieving lumbago and lumbar dysfunction, and can up-
The article is written in Chinese so we cannot analyse the research in great detail, however our experience is that the use of moxibustion does potentiate the acupuncture needling, see resarch on comparing fMRI scans of the brain when the acupuncture points were either needled or had moxibustion applied.
Zai FL, Wu RL et al. (2018) Warming Needle Moxibustion Relieves Symptoms of Lumbar Disc Herniation Patients and Upregulates Plasma β-
(2018) Electroacupuncture (EA) at Jiājĭ (夹脊 EX-
'Conclusion: The effect of EA at EX-
Ping SHAO, Zhen DU et al. (2018) Electroacupuncture at Jiājĭ (夹脊 EX-
(2018) Acupuncture and Neural Mechanism in the Management of Low Back Pain—An Update
'Acupuncture for LBP is one of the most commonly used non-
(2017) Immediate Changes in Resting and Contracted Thickness of Transversus Abdominis (TrA) After Dry Needling (DN) of Lumbar Multifidus (LM) in Healthy Participants: A Randomized Controlled Crossover Trial
'Conclusion: This study suggests that application of DN to LM was accompanied by a decreased resting thickness and an increased contraction thickness of the TrA in asymptomatic participants.' This is an interesting observation of an effect from acupuncture probably working not only locally on LM but also segmentally improving the functioning of an abdominal muscle which may explain how it helps in treating back pain in that the anterior abdominal muscles are important for supporting the back.
Puentedura, Emilio J. et al. (2017) Immediate Changes in Resting and Contracted Thickness of Transversus Abdominis After Dry Needling of Lumbar Multifidus in Healthy Participants: A Randomized Controlled Crossover Trial. Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics , Volume 40 , Issue 8 , 615 -
(2016) Assessing knowledge about acupuncture: A survey of people with back pain in the UK.
'Conclusions. The study identified key gaps in knowledge about acupuncture among patients. In particular, many participants were unaware that acupuncture is available from the UK National Health Service and that acupuncturists are not subject to statutory regulation in the UK.'
(2007) Acupuncture helps low back pain. German Acupuncture trials for Chronic Low Back Pain.
One of the biggest ever trials of acupuncture in low back pain, with over 1000 patients including a sham acupuncture control comparison showed that true acupuncture and sham acupuncture performed twice as well as normal intensive conventional back care.
Haake M, Müller H-
NICE Guidlines. In 2009 in the UK NICE issued guidelines for the 'Early management of persistent non-
Placebo effects are present in all interventions, especially those delivered by a therapist. If such interventions are to be evaluated against placebo then this should be the case for all of them across the board. However the primary comparison, the clinically relevant one should be with usual care: again, this should be the same for all therapies. Both acupuncture and exercise were found to be effective compared to usual care, and also cost-
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