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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The dicovery of endorphins (alpha and beta endorphin) occured around 1973 when the opoid antagonist 'Naloxone' was found to block the morphine receptors and the effect of acupuncture (1). Initially large amounts of endorphin were found in the hypothalamus and pituitary gland (2,3)

Endorphins are also found in the blood / plasma. It increases in the blood following acupuncture and its release is also enhanced by moxibustion being applied at the same time. (4)

1. Pert, C.B.; Snyder, S.H. (1973) Opiate receptor: Demonstration in nervous tissue. Science 1973, 179, 1011–1014.

2. Ling N., Burgus R. and Guillemin R. (1976) Isolation, primary structure, and synthesis of α-endorphin and γ-endorphin, two peptides of hypothalamic-hypophysial origin with morphinomimetic activity. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1976 Nov; 73(11): 3942–3946.

3. Nicoll, R.A.; Siggins, G.R.; et al. (1977) Neuronal actions of endorphins and enkephalins among brain regions: A comparative microiontophoretic study. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 1977, 74, 2584–2588

4. Zai FL, Wu RL et al. (2018) Warming Needle Moxibustion Relieves Symptoms of Lumbar Disc Herniation Patients and Upregulates Plasma β-endorphin. Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 2018 Aug 25;43(8):512-5. doi: 10.13702/j.1000-0607.170736.