Conditions Treated

“Acupuncture is comparable with morphine preparations in its effectiveness against chronic pain, but without the adverse effects of morphine, such as dependency.”

World Health Organization Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials.

Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain.  However, there are many more uses for Traditional East Asian Medicine that are unique and effective, including the treatment of the common cold or flu.

Traditional East Asian Medicine is about healing the individual as a whole and every individual is different.  Regardless of his or her condition, it is not difficult for a trained practitioner to treat all kinds of conditions.  However, some conditions are more effectively treated with modern western medicine such as some bacterial infections.  While there are many herbs with antibacterial qualities, they are slower than the antibiotics at the pharmacy, which could pose a serious risk to the patient who is forgoing pharmaceutical antibiotic therapy. However, if pharmaceutical antibiotics aren’t working, then herbs can be a lifesaver, as many of our modern bacteria have not yet adapted to herbal therapies. It is always important to stay in close contact with your primary care provider and we will never hesitate to refer, consult and otherwise communicate with your providers if it is at all necessary.

Here are some conditions effectively treated by acupuncture according to an official report from the World Health Organization, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials:

Conditions fit into 4 classifications described below:

(1) Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proven through controlled trials to be an effective treatment

(2) Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed

(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

(4) Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture may be tried provided the practitioner has special modern medical knowledge and adequate monitoring equipment

We have organized them into categories for convenience:

Woman’s Health / Pregnancy

  • Dysmenorrhea, primary (1)
  • Induction of labor (1)
  • Female infertility (2)
  • Malposition of fetus, correction of (1)
  • Female urethral syndrome (2)
  • Morning sickness (1)
  • Hypo-ovarianism (2)
  • Labor pain (2)
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Lactation, deficiency (2)
  • Stein–Leventhal syndrome (2)
  • Premenstrual syndrome (2)

Men’s Health

  •  Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic (2)
  •  Prostatitis, chronic (2)
  •  Urinary Health
  •  Renal colic (1)
  •  Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection (2)
  •  Retention of urine, traumatic (2)
  •  Urolithiasis (2)
  •  Neuropathic bladder in spinal cord injury (3)

Cardiovascular System

  •  Hypertension, essential (1)
  •  Hypotension, primary (1)
  •  Cardiac neurosis (2)
  •  Pulmonary heart disease, chronic (3)
  •  Coronary heart disease (angina pectoris) (4)

Neurological System

  •  Stroke (1)
  •  Bell’s palsy (2)
  •  Craniocerebral injury, closed (2)
  •  Raynaud syndrome, primary (2)
  •  Ménière disease (2)
  •  Tourette syndrome (2)
  •  Vascular dementia (2)
  •  Coma (4)
  • Paralysis, progressive bulbar and pseudobulbar (4)

Surgery

  •  Postoperative pain (1)
  •  Pain due to endoscopic examination (2)
  •  Postoperative convalescence (2)

 Respiratory System

  • Bronchial asthma (2)
  •  Small airway obstruction (3)
  •  Breathlessness in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (4)
  •  Pediatrics
  •  Bronchial asthma (2)
  •  Postextubation in children (2)
  •  Whooping cough (pertussis) (2)
  •  Convulsions in infants (4)
  •  Diarrhea in infants and young children (4)
  •  Encephalitis, viral, in children, late stage (4)

Cancer

  •  Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy (1)
  •  Leucopenia (1)
  •  Cancer pain (2)

Pain

  •  Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders) (1)
  •  Headache (1)
  •  Knee pain (1)
  •  Low back pain (1)
  •  Neck pain (1)
  •  Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction) (1)
  •  Periarthritis of shoulder (1)
  •  Rheumatoid arthritis (1)
  •  Sciatica (1)
  •  Sprain (1)
  •  Tennis elbow (1)
  •  Osteoarthritis (2)
  •  Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans (2)
  •  Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome (2)
  •  Spine pain, acute (2)
  •  Stiff neck (2)
  •  Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (2)
  •  Gouty arthritis (2)

Allergies

  •  Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever) (1)
  •  Diabetes
  •  Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent (2)

Digestive Issues

  •  Biliary colic (1)
  •  Dysentery, acute bacillary (1)
  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm) (1)
  • Nausea and vomiting (1)
  • Obesity (2)
  • Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm) (2)
  • Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation (2)
  • Cholelithiasis (2)
  • Gastrokinetic disturbance (2)
  • Ulcerative colitis, chronic (2)
  • Irritable colon syndrome (IBS) (3)

Psycho emotional

  •  Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke) (1)
  •  Competition stress syndrome (2)
  •  Schizophrenia (2)

Addiction/Dependence

  •  Alcohol dependence and detoxification (2)
  •  Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence (2)
  •  Tobacco dependence (2)

Eye Ear Nose Throat

  •  Earache (2)
  •  Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease) (nose bleed) (2)
  •  Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection (2)
  •  Sore throat (including tonsillitis) (2)
  •  Color blindness (3)
  •  Deafness (3)

Skin

  •  Neurodermatitis (2)
  •  Pruritus (2)
  •  Acne vulgaris (2)

Other

  •  Leucopenia (1)
  •  Insomnia (2)
  •  Epidemic hemorrhagic fever (2)
  •  Facial spasm (2)
  •  Fibromyalgia and fasciitis (2)
  •  Hepatitis B virus carrier status (2)
  •  Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpes virus 3) (2)
  •  Neuralgia, post-herpetic (2)
  •  Hyperlipaemia (2)
  •  Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (2)
  •  Sialism, drug-induced (2)
  •  Sjögren syndrome (2)
  • Tietze syndrome (2)
  •  Chloasma (3)
  •  Choroidopathy, central serous (3)
  •  Hypophrenia (3)