Because Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is a complete health care system, there is very little that does not benefit from a course of acupuncture, herbal medicine or a combination of both. Very often it is possible to combine the best of both East and West and use the acupuncture or Chinese Herbs in association with treatment provided by a GP or other health care provider.
Following, are some of the many conditions treated by acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Those conditions in bold italics have been found to have moderate and/or strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture
Acupuncture Evidence Project - MacDonald/Janz 2017
Musculo-skeletal - lower back pain, shoulder, lateral elbow pain, neck pain, joint sprains, muscle strain, sciatica, knee osteoarthritis, arthritis, sporting injuries, sports performance or enhancement, post-operative pain, plantar heel pain, restless leg syndrome, emergency pain relief, carpal tunnel, lumbar stenosis, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injury, whiplash
Respiratory conditions – allergic rhinitis, sinus problems, hay fever, common cold or flu, (asthma-adults/children, bronchitis,
Gastrointestinal disorders - constipation, diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, post-operative and chemotherapy induced nausea/vomiting, Inflammatory bowel disease haemorrhoids, heartburn and reflux, dyspepsia, post-operative disorders.
Cardiovascular – angina pectoris, palpitations, high blood pressure, chronic pulmonary disease.
Women’s' Health - irregular or painful periods, some fertility disorders, premenstrual difficulties, menopausal symptoms, labour pain, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, uterine fibroids, hot flushes in breast cancer, Oocyte retrieval pain relief, PCOS, postnatal depression
Pregnancy - morning sickness, breech baby, heartburn, elevated blood pressure, oedema, lower back pain, induction and preparation for labour.
Men’s' Health - some fertility disorders, prostatitis pain, erectile dysfunction
Neurological - headaches including migraine, temporomandibular pain, shingles, meniere's disease, tinnitus, Bell’s palsy, acute post-stroke and stroke rehabilitation, insomnia, excessive dreaming, alzheimers disease. ADHD, Autism spectrum disorder, cancer related; insomnia, neuropathy and psychological disorders, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, parkinson’s, vascular dementia or vascular cognitive impairment, sudden hearing loss,
Metabolic disorders - chronic fatigue syndrome, adrenal insufficiency, hormonal irregularities, obesity
Urological disorders - urinary tract infections, nocturia, stress urinary incontinence, bladder pain, chronic kidney disease
Psychological disorders - post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, smoking, opiate addiction and detoxification.
Skin disorders - acne, psoriasis, eczema, scarring, atopic dermatitis, chronic urticaria