What Can Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Treat?


Chinese Medicine is a comprehensive medical system that treats a wide variety of symptoms associated with health issues. It is especially useful in alleviating symptoms that do not respond well to conventional medical approaches. Below is a sample of conditions in which acupuncture and Chinese Medicine may be useful for symptom management:

 

Fertility and Women's Health:

infertility and pregnancy problems

menstrual cramps, pms, endometriosis, fibroids, PCOS

IVF support

menopause symptoms

Pre- and post-natal health

Breech babies* and helping with labour naturally

Breast feeding problems: little or no milk flow, mastitis, cessation of lactation

Cancer Support:

management of chemotheraphy and radiotherapy side-effects

pre and post-surgical support

strengthening immune system

ongoing support following remission

Mental and Emotional:

Stress

Anxiety, depression, bi-polar, panic attacks

Insomnia, excessive dreaming, exhaustion upon waking

Respiratory diseases:

asthma, allergies, bronchitis, pneumonia

sinusitis, post-nasal drip

coughs, colds, sore throat, flus

Energy:

fatigue, insomnia, low immunity

chronic fatigue syndrome

glandular fever

Pain:

chronic pain, joint pain, back pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow

frozen shoulder, tendonitis, bursitis

arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis

fibromyalgia

nerve pain

Migraine Conditions:

migraines, headaches, dizziness, vertigo

auras, visual disturbances

Auto-Immune Diseases:

Rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis

Crohn’s, inflammatory bowel disease

diabetes, Graves' disease, , multiple sclerosis,

psoriasis, sclerodoma

systemic lupus erythematosus

Celiac disease - sprue (gluten-sensitive enteropathy)

Skin Problems:

eczema, dermatitis, rosacea

hives, shingles, vasculitis

psoriasis

acne

Digestive Complaints:

irritable bowel, gastric ulcers, acid reflux, indigestion

constipation, diarrhea, poor digestion, GERD

Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis

weight loss, eating disorders, addictions

bloating, stomach pain & discomfort

weight issues, obesity, anorexia

Other:

paralysis, stroke, Bell’s Palsy

numbness and tingling

hypertension (high blood pressure)

high cholesterol

Thyroid diseases: hyper-thyroidism & hypo-thyroidism

autoimmune diseases

cancer support


 
 

*For research on breach presentation and acupuncture see:


 

Acupuncture plus moxibustion to resolve breech presentation: a randomized controlled study. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2004 Apr;15(4):247-52.


 

Cardini F. & Weixin H. (1998). Moxibustion for correction of breech presentation: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA 280(18), 1580-1584. Free full text: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=188144


 

Coyle ME, Smith CA, & Peat B. 2012. Cephalic version by moxibustion for breech presentation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 5. Art. No: CD003928. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22592693


 

Vas J, Aranda-Regules JM, Modesto M, et al. (2013). Acupuncture Medicine 31: 31-38. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23249535


 

Li X1, Hu J, Wang X, Zhang H, Liu J. Moxibustion and other acupuncture point stimulation methods to treat breech presentation: a systematic review of clinical trials. Chin Med. 2009 Feb 27;4:4. doi: 10.1186/1749-8546-4-4.