What does Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture is best know in western society for its effectiveness in treating pain. Its applications, however, are far broader. Acupuncture can focus on physical, psychological or emotional problems. It targets the underlying causes of disease as well as the symptoms and so can successfully treat a wide variety of illnesses.
The World Health Organisation recognises that Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are effective in treating a broad range of conditions.
- Muscular-skeletal & neuro-muscular conditions
Back/neck/shoulder pain, sciatica, arthritis and rheumatism, muscle strain, joint pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, headache, migraine, dizziness, post-stroke, spasms, sports injuries.
Sleep disorders, stiff neck/shoulders, teeth grinding, mood swings, over thinking, mild depression, anxiety attack, allergies.
- Respiratory disorders
Common cold and flu, tonsillitis, sinus, asthma, bronchitis, shortness of breath, congested throat, hoarseness, allergies.
- Digestive and intestinal illness
Diarrhoea, constipation, lack of appetite, indigestion, over-eating, hemorrhoids, lack of energy, gastrisis, IBS, Crohn’s, ulcers.
- Urinary problems
Urinary incontinence, frequent urination, neurogenic bladder, and recurrent urinary tract infections.
Sleep disorders, adrenal malfunction, blood sugar imbalances, hormonal imbalances, digestive system disorders, improper diet, food allergies, latent viruses (chronic fatigue, Esptein Barr).
- Women’s health
PMT, menstrual pain, irregularities of cycle, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, infertility, IVF support, post-natal problems, lactation problems, menopause.
Fatigue, nausea, backache, heartburn, constipation, urinary tract infections, muscular pain and sciatica.
ACUPUNCTURE AS A SUPPORTIVE THERAPY
Acupuncture is also an effective supportive therapy for many conditions including:
Side effects of chemotherapy & radiotherapy Chronic and painful debilitating disorders Post-operative nausea, vomiting and pain Releasing cravings and addiction.
ACUPUNCTURE AS A PREVENTATIVE TREATMENT
Acupuncture is also often used as a preventative medicine. Many people see their acupuncturist 2-4 times a year for a “tune up” or “balancing” treatment.
For a full list of conditions treatable visit the World Health Organization webpage.