What Conditions Can Acupuncture Treat?
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine’s ability to treat more than 43 common disorders, including some of the following:
– Gastrointestinal disorders: such as food allergies, peptic ulcer, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, anorexia and gastritis
– Urogenital disorders: including stress incontinence, urinary tract infections and sexual dysfunction
– Gynecological disorders: such as irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation, infertility in women and men, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
– Respiratory disorders: such as emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies and bronchitis
– Disorders of the bones, muscles, joints and nervous system: such as arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness and low back, neck and shoulder pain
– Circulatory disorders: such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia
– Emotional and psychological disorders: including depression and anxiety
– Addictions: such as alcohol, nicotine and drugs
– Eye, ear, nose and throat disorders: such as tinnitus, hearing loss, colds and flu, vision problems, and diseases of the eye
– Supportive therapy: for other chronic and painful debilitating disorders
Acupuncture addresses most pain and illness. Most commonly treated are back pain, chronic pain, headaches, muscle spasms, tendonitis, arthritis, allergies and other immune system dysfunctions, menstrual disorders, PMS, infertility issues in men and women, menopause symptoms, digestive problems, fatigue, insomnia, asthma, depression, colds and flu, high blood pressure, and other stress-related disorders. Also responding well are bladder and gall bladder disorders, prolapsed organs, diarrhea, irregularities in the heartbeat, vision and hearing problems, facial paralysis, rheumatism, circulatory problems, post-operative pain, and addictive behaviors. This is a partial list.