What Can Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture can treat everything. Seriously. However, this does not mean that acupuncture is a cure all for every affliction known to humankind. Rather, prognosis is determined case-by-case and assessed individually as a course of treatment progresses.
In some cases, acupuncture can quickly and convincingly knock out acute or chronic painful conditions that other modalities have failed to effect. In other cases, acupuncture is an effective adjunctive therapy to western medicine, alleviating uncomfortable side effects of that treatment. Think chemotherapy or the like. In still other cases, acupuncture can manage the symptoms of chronic illness that may not completely abate, but are brought within the level of tolerance.
Your acupuncturist will discuss a course of therapy with you based on your particular signs and symptoms.
In the late 1970s, the World Health Organization recognized the ability of acupuncture and Oriental medicine to treat nearly four dozen common ailments, including:
- neuromusculoskeletal conditions (such as arthritis, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness, and neck/shoulder pain);
- emotional and psychological disorders (such as depression and anxiety);
- circulatory disorders (such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia);
- addictions to alcohol, nicotine and other drugs;
- respiratory disorders (such as emphysema, sinusitis, allergies and bronchitis);
- gastrointestinal conditions (such as food allergies, ulcers, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, intestinal weakness, anorexia and gastritis).
In 1997, a consensus statement released by the National Institutes of Health found that acupuncture is useful to treat:
- menstrual cramps
- tennis elbow
- myofascial pain
- lower back pain
- carpal tunnel syndrome