Acupuncture is known to treat a wide range of disorders including:
- Musculoskeletal disorders such as all different kinds of pain especially osteoarthritis, sciatica, lumbago, weak back, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, tenosynovitis, shoulder and neck pain, ‘frozen shoulder’, and ‘tennis elbow’.
- Psychological conditions such as depression, phobias, insomnia, emotional disturbances, anxiety, nervousness and addictions such as smoking.
- Neurological conditions such as headaches, migraines, difficulty sleeping, nervous tension, stroke, some forms of deafness, facial and inter-costal neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, some forms of paralysis including Bell’s palsy, peripheral neuropathy, tinnitus, dizziness, and Meniere’s disease.
- Digestive system disorders such as toothache, post-extraction pain, gingivitis, mouth ulcers, hiccough, spasms of the oesophagus, gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastric hyperacidity, gastritis, heartburn, hiatus hernia syndrome, flatulence, colitis, diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, liver and gall bladder disorders and weight issues.
- Gynecological and obstetric disorders such as premenstrual tension, painful, heavy or irregular, or the absence of periods, infertility, hormonal disturbances, disorders associated with menopause, prolapse of the uterus or bladder, and morning sickness.
- Cardiovascular disorders such as high or low blood pressure, fluid retention, chest pain, angina pectoris, poor circulation, cold hands and feet, and muscle cramps.
- Respiratory conditions such as bronchial asthma, acute and chronic bronchitis, acute tonsillitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, hay fever, chronic cough, laryngitis, sore throat, influenza and the common cold.
- Urogenital disorders such as cystitis, prostatitis, orchitis, low sexual vitality, urinary retention, kidney disorders, nocturnal enuresis, and neurogenic bladder dysfunction.
- Skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, nerve rash, herpes zoster, acne, scar tissue and resultant adhesions, hair loss, dandruff, as well as wrinkles and sagging due to aging.
- Eye conditions such as visual disorders, red, sore, itchy or watery eyes, conjunctivitis, simple cataracts, myopia in children, and central retinitis.
- Sporting injuries such as sprained ankles and knees, cartilage problems, corking and tearing of muscles, torn ligaments and bruises.
The World Health Organization recognizes Acupuncture as an effective treatment for over 43 common disorders including:
- Heart and Circulatory
- Skin Conditions
- Digestive Disorders
- Reproductive health & fertility
- Depression & Anxiety
- Pain conditions- (Back Pain, Shoulder pain, Migraines, Headaches, Fibromyalgia)
- Joint problems (Arthritis)
- Musculo- skeletal problems
- Nerve problems (Bell’s Palsy)
- Immune conditions (cold/flu)
- Insomnia Sleep disorders
- Smoking Cessation
Links to learn more:
- National Institutes of Health nccam.nih.gov/health/acupuncture
- World Health Organization who.int/medicines/areas/areas/traditional/en
- www. acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-traditional-acupuncture/4026-who-list-of-conditions.html