Drs Martin & Sue Allbright

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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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Rheumatoid Arthritis

(2018) Effectiveness of Acupuncture on Pain,

Functional Disability, and Quality of Life in Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hand: Results of a Double-Blind Randomized Clinical Trial.

'Methods: 105 RA patients with a functional diagnosis of a ‘‘Pivot syndrome’’ or ‘‘Turning Point syndrome’’ were randomly assigned to (1) verum-AC (verum acupoints), (2) control-AC (sham acupoints—points outside of the conduits/meridians and of the extra-conduits), or (3) waiting list (each group n = 35). AC groups experienced

the exact same number, depth, and stimulation of needles. Assessments took place before and 5 min

after AC with follow-ups over 4 weeks.

Results: (1) Verum-AC significantly improved self-reported pain and pressure algometry); hand grip strength and arm strength; health status improved significantly; QoL improved significantly in 7/8

survey domains; and number of swollen joints and tender joints significantly decreased. (2) Control-AC showed no significant changes, except in self-reported pain improvement. (3) Waiting list group showed an overall worsening.'

Conclusion: This is the first double-blind controlled study on AC in RA of the hand that objectively and

specifically assesses positive effects supporting its integration in rheumatology. Acupoint allocation according

to Chinese Medicine functional diagnoses is extremely relevant to assess AC effectiveness in a patient group

primarily defined by a ‘‘western’’ medicine diagnosis.'

Susana Seca, Miguel Patrı´cio, Sebastian Kirch et al. (2018) Effectiveness of Acupuncture on Pain, Functional Disability, and Quality of Life in Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hand: Results of a Double-Blind Randomized Clinical Trial. THE JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE 2018, pp. 1–12 DOI: 10.1089/acm.2018.0297

(2018) Acupuncture for rheumatoid arthritis.

'RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS:We identified 7 systematic reviews including 20 studies overall, all of them randomized trials. We concluded the use of acupuncture probably has little or no impact in rheumatoid arthritis.'

I understand the research above, however, in our experience patients do gain from the pain releief and anti-inflammatory aspects of acupuncture. The use of acupuncture cuts down on the side effects of Non steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs. It also depends a lot on when a person seeks acupuncture treatment, later stages of the disease are more difficult compared to the initial phase. Acupuncture cannot bring back what has been destroyed.

Ramos A ,  Domínguez J &  Gutiérrez S, (2018) Acupuncture for rheumatoid arthritis. EuroPMC DOI: 10.5867/medwave.2018.06.7283

(2017) Clinical Observation on Warm Acupuncture Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

'After warm needle acupuncture and herbal medicine treatment, rheumatoid arthritis patient’s RF, ESR, and CRP are reduced, but warm needle acupuncture seen to have decreased in significantly comparison with the before.'

'Warm needle acupuncture group: Zusanli (ST36), Shenque (CV8; in direct moxibustion,

not acupuncture); if finger joint pain or stiffness choose Houxi (SI3), Sanjian (LI3), Hegu (LI4), and Ashi points;

if wrist pain choose Waiguan (TB5), Yangxi (LI5), Yangchi (TB4) and Ashi points; if elbow pain choose

Chize (LU5), Shaohai (HE3), Quchi (LI11), Shousanli (LI10), and Ashi points;

if ankle pain choose Shenmai (BL62), Zhaohai

(KD6), Taixi (KD3), Jiexi (ST41;), and

Ashi points;

if knee pain choose Xiyan (Ex-LE5), Yanglingquan (GB34), Xuehai (SP10) and Ashi Points.

The acupuncture needles (Sterile disposable stainless

acupuncture needle, size: 0.3 × 4.5 mm) were inserted into the muscle layer. After arrival of the needling sensation of De Qi, processes the warm needle acupuncture, the needles were kept in place for 30

minutes. The warm needle acupuncture treatment was given two times per week during 6 months.'

Very symptomatic acupuncture and not a holistic approach.

Kim j., (2017) Clinical Observation on Warm Acupuncture Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Tradit Med Clin Natur 2017, 6:3

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