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.


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Prefrontal Cortex

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Many studies suggest that the prefrontal cortex has the following functions (however they may not develop until after the age of 25) :-

Managing the following complex processes like decision making, reasoning, planning, problem solving, logic and memory. Where we differentiate our conflicting thoughts, determine good and bad, better and best, same or different.

Impulse control, by prioritising and focus, seen as the ability to inhibit counterproductive or distracting impulses (moderating social behaviour) and allowing a person to direct their attention to developing and pursuing goals.

Pain: recognising and processing it

The state of these functions somewhat shapes how a person expresses their personality.

However fMRI studies show that the appropriate and skilled execution of complex higher-order tasks depend not just on the prefrontal cortex but also on the stability of other brain structures that are connected.

The prefrontal cortex has many connections and importantly to the amygdala, hypothalamus, midbrain, and pons.

Shazia Veqar Siddiqui, Ushri Chatterjee et al., (2008) Neuropsychology of prefrontal cortex. Indian J Psychiatry. 2008 Jul-Sep; 50(3): 202–208. doi:  10.4103/0019-5545.43634

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