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:


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


fatigue, insomnia, low immunity

chronic fatigue syndrome

glandular fever


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

frozen shoulder, tendonitis, bursitis

arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis


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



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


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.