What can acupuncture treat?


Acupuncture is most commonly known for treating pain, but many other conditions improve with acupuncture treatments. It treats physical, mental and emotional symptoms, and internal medicine. When patients come in for their initial visit, I give them an extensive health history form to fill out – and they are surprised to learn that all of the conditions listed can be treated with Chinese medicine. Many of my patients who come in for treatment for their pain will also find their digestion improving, they sleep more soundly, have more energy and handle stress better. If they call to cancel an appointment because they have come down with a cold- I encourage them to come in to treat their cold or flu symptoms.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are a holistic, comprehensive medical system used for thousands of years and used by many as their primary health care. So people use Chinese medicine for everything from common ailments like a cold or stomach ache, to injuries or chronic pain, to fatigue, depression, insomnia – the list can be endless. There are many things that acupuncture can be successful in treating on it’s own, and other conditions that acupuncture can be helpful in alleviating side effects from other treatments. Because acupuncture helps activate the body’s healing process, it can be helpful in some way for any condition.

The World Health Organization published a document in 2003 on acupuncture and traditional Chinese Medicine .  It listed  over 140 conditions which acupuncture is used for and has documented efficacy.  Here are a few of the conditions listed:

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Addictions – smoking, alcohol or drugs
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Anxiety
  • Auto immune disorders
  • Bells Palsy (facial paralysis)
  • Colds and flu
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Painful Periods
  • PMS
  • Infertility
  • Ulcer
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Nausea
  • Facial pain
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Knee pain
  • Low back pain
  • Correction of Malposition of fetus (breech)
  • Morning sickness
  • Neck pain
  • Shingles
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Postoperative pain
  • Renal colic
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Stroke

If you want more information about the most common things acupuncturists treat, more information about acupuncture training and practice, here is a link to a survey of acupuncturists from the Annals of Family Medicine.

If you are ready to find out how acupuncture can help you, contact me for more information.