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What can acupuncture treat?
We believe it is important to be both hopeful and realistic about acupuncture. While acupuncture can treat anything, this does not mean that it can cure every disease or condition afflicting mankind. It can't. Acupuncture is effective for a wide range of conditions.
- Studies show that acupuncture strengthens the immune system and builds energy reserves. People who receive regular acupuncture have fewer illnesses, and if they do get sick, they generally recover faster. This is why many people who describe themselves as "very healthy" receive acupuncture. They use it as preventative medicine - a way to strengthen their body's innate healing energy and stay well!
- Acupuncture is deeply relaxing and reduces the effects of ongoing stress on the body, mind and spirit. Symptoms of chronic stress may include: feeling irritable or overwhelmed; racing thoughts; a sense of loneliness or general unhappiness; having difficulty concentrating; sleep disturbances; persistent fatigue; digestive disorders; aches and pains; loss of interest in sex; frequent illnesses; using substances to relax (such as alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs); and nervous habits (such as nail biting or pacing). Acupuncture can help reduce or eliminate these symptoms, so you experience more ease.
- Many people first try acupuncture when they have persistent pain, despite western medical treatment. Some experience fast (almost miraculous) relief, and others find that their pain is resolved or has significantly reduced over time. Acupuncture reduces inflammation and swelling, and relaxes muscle tension and spasms, all of which contribute to continued pain.
- Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in managing symptoms of chronic diseases. Examples include: Asthma, Allergies, High Blood Pressure, Cancer, Stroke, MS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, and chronic skin conditions. Please see the list of conditions from the World Health Organization report.
- Acupuncture controls uncomfortable side effects of other treatments! People with chronic conditions often take numerous medications and receive other treatments which can have side effects. Acupuncture improves your quality of life by controlling side effects - without creating new ones.
- Acupuncture promotes balance. For thousands of years, acupuncture has been used to relieve men's and women's health issues, such as: Infertility, Low Sexual Interest, Impotence, Ovarian Cysts, Fibroids, Endometriosis, PMS, Painful / Irregular Periods, Morning Sickness, Miscarriages, and Menopausal Disorders (such as Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Mood Swings & Weight Gain).
How much treatment will you need?
How much treatment you will need depends on a number of factors:
- how long your condition has existed;
- the severity of your condition;
- your overall health status; and
- your lifestyle.
Your acupuncturist will make a recommendation for both the frequency of visits,
and how long you will need treatment. The effects of acupuncture are
cumulative, and treatment is a process. Just as a single pill won't
cure most conditions, it is unlikely that one or two acupuncture
treatments will resolve yours, especially if your condition is chronic
What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?
The World Health Organization's 2003 report: Acupuncture Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials is partially reprinted here, or you may access the entire report through this link: http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/en/d/Js4926e/5.html
1. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment
Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
Dysentery, acute bacillary
Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
Induction of labour
Low back pain
Malposition of fetus, correction of
Nausea and vomiting
Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
Periarthritis of shoulder
2. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic
effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is
Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
Alcohol dependence and detoxification
Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
Competition stress syndrome
Craniocerebral injury, closed
Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
Epidemic haemorrhagic fever
Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)
Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
Female urethral syndrome
Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
Hepatitis B virus carrier status
Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)
Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
Pain due to endoscopic examination
Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome)
Postextubation in children
Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
Raynaud syndrome, primary
Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Retention of urine, traumatic
Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
Spine pain, acute
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
Ulcerative colitis, chronic
Whooping cough (pertussis)
3. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which there are only individual controlled trials reporting some therapeutic effects, but
for which acupuncture is worth trying because treatment by conventional
and other therapies is difficult:
Choroidopathy, central serous
Irritable colon syndrome
Neuropathic bladder in spinal cord injury
Pulmonary heart disease, chronic
Small airway obstruction
4. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture may be tried provided the practitioner has special modern medical knowledge and adequate monitoring equipment:
Breathlessness in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Convulsions in infants
Coronary heart disease (angina pectoris)
Diarrhoea in infants and young children
Encephalitis, viral, in children, late stage
Paralysis, progressive bulbar and pseudobulbar