Perhaps the most common question asked is “can acupuncture/herbal medicine treat X”, where X is something that they have, or a relative has, or someone else they know has.
We want to stress to these people that acupuncture, and East Asian medicine more generally, is a medical system in its own right and has been developing for a couple thousand years. No matter where a person is with their health, acupuncture and herbal medicine can be useful in some way, whether it is management of pain, regulation of stress or emotions, or bringing about a cure.
So a better question to ask might be “what can we expect when using acupuncture/herbal medicine for X”?
The best answer for this is to please schedule a consultation, as we want to look at each case individually to assess any potential for change.
If you want to know some of the things that acupuncture is widely considered suited for treating, then below is a list of conditions that the World Health Organization offers as suitable for treatment by acupuncture. This is a portion of their full list, so if you would like to see their original comments, please go here.
Acupuncture is good for treating:
Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm) Acne vulgaris Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy Alcohol dependence and detoxification Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever) Bell’s palsy Biliary colic Bronchial asthma Cancer pain Cardiac neurosis Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation Cholelithiasis Competition stress syndrome Craniocerebral injury, closed Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke) Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent Dysentery, acute bacillary Dysmenorrhoea, primary Earache Epidemic haemorrhagic fever Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm) Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease) Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders) Facial spasm Female infertility Female urethral syndrome Fibromyalgia and fasciitis Gastrokinetic disturbance Gouty arthritis Headache Hepatitis B virus carrier status Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3) Hyperlipaemia Hypertension, essential Hypo-ovarianism Hypotension, primary Induction of labour Insomnia Knee pain Labour pain Lactation, deficiency Leukopenia Low back pain Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic Malposition of fetus, correction of Morning sickness Ménière disease Nausea and vomiting Neck pain Neuralgia, post-herpetic Neurodermatitis Obesity Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence Osteoarthritis Pain due to endoscopic examination Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction) Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans Periarthritis of shoulder Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome) Postextubation in children Postoperative convalescence Postoperative pain Premenstrual syndrome Prostatitis, chronic Pruritus Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome Raynaud syndrome, primary Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection Reflex sympathetic dystrophy Renal colic Retention of urine, traumatic Rheumatoid arthritis Schizophrenia Sciatica Sialism, drug-induced Sjögren syndrome Sore throat (including tonsillitis) Spine pain, acute Sprain Stiff neck Stroke Temporomandibular joint dysfunction Tennis elbow Tietze syndrome Tobacco dependence Tourette syndrome Ulcerative colitis, chronic Urolithiasis Vascular dementia Whooping cough (pertussis)