Commonly Treated Conditions

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
    Competition stress syndrome
    Craniocerebral injury, closed
    Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
    Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
    Dysentery, acute bacillary
    Dysmenorrhoea, primary
    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
    Hepatitis B virus carrier status
    Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)
    Hypertension, essential
    Hypotension, primary
    Induction of labour
    Knee pain
    Labour pain
    Lactation, deficiency
    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
    Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
    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
    Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
    Raynaud syndrome, primary
    Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
    Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
    Renal colic
    Retention of urine, traumatic
    Rheumatoid arthritis
    Sialism, drug-induced
    Sjögren syndrome
    Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
    Spine pain, acute
    Stiff neck
    Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
    Tennis elbow
    Tietze syndrome
    Tobacco dependence
    Tourette syndrome
    Ulcerative colitis, chronic
    Vascular dementia
    Whooping cough (pertussis)