Conditions Treated by Acupuncture
The World Health Organization recognizes the ability of acupuncture and traditional Oriental medicine to treat over 43 common disorders including:
- Gastrointestinal Disorders, such as food allergies, peptic ulcer, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, anorexia and gastritis.
- Uro-genital Disorders, including stress incontinence, urinary tract infections, and sexual dysfunction.
- Gynecological Disorders, such as irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation, infertility in women and men, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
- Respiratory Disorders, such as emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies and bronchitis.
- Disorders of the bones, mucsles, joints and nervous system, such as arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness and low back, neck and shoulder pain.
- Circulatory Disorders, such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia .
- Emotional and Psychological Disorders, including depression, and anxiety.
- Addictions, such as alcohol, nicotine and drugs.
- Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders.
*Note: Acupuncture is often effective therapy for other chronic and painful debilitating disorders which have no clear explanation or origin.
Acupuncture is often effective for a wide range of complaints, including chronic fatigue, emotional disorders, chronic and acute pain, digestive disorders, respiratory problems, migraines, insomnia, and stress. Acupuncture is also helpful for many chronic illnesses and health concerns that have no clear origin or cause and are difficult for western medicine to treat. Patients committed to a healthy lifestyle who receive ongoing acupuncture treatment for maintenance and health promotion often experience:
- Being sick less often and recovering more quickly
- Improvement of vitality and stamina
- Being able to take care of their own health
- Relationships with others deepening and becoming more harmonious
- Reductions in long term health care costs
A recent survey of people who receive acupuncture, conducted by Claire Cassidy, Ph.D., indicates that they see their physicians less frequently and use fewer medications. In addition, over two thirds of those surveyed reported having avoided recommended surgery.