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  Acupuncture Indications

Acupuncture is a method of prevention, correction and treatment of a disease, illness, injury or pain by encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve functioning.
Acupuncture has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, relaxing, toning, balancing, and restorative effects on the body.

Some conditions that are successfully treated with acupuncture include:

- Pain Syndrome (Click here to read related article)
- Back Pain; sciatica (read related article) + (more) + (more)
- Frozen shoulder; bursitis; tendonitis (read related article)
- Tennis elbow & golfer's elbow (read related article)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) (read related article) + (more)
- Knee pain (read related article)
- Ankle sprain (read related article)
- Tension headache (read related article)
- Migraine (read related article)
- Tinnitus (read related article)
- TMJ (Jaw pain) (read related article)
- Muscle strain, muscle tension (read related article)
- Arthritic pain (read related article) + (more)
- Trigeminal neuralgia (read related article) + (more)
- Herpes Zoster (read related article)
- Bell's Palsy (read related article)
- Fibromyalgia (read related article)
- Managing sports injuries (read related article)
- Enhanced athletic performance (read related article) + (more)
- Rehabilitation from injury and surgery (read related article)
- Postoperative nausea and pain (read related article)
- Menopause (read related article)
- PMS & other menstrual irregularities (read related article)
- Infertility (read related article) + (more) + (more)
- Discomforts of pregnancy; morning sickness (read related article)
- Breech fetal positioning (read related article)
- Labor induction and easier delivery (read related article)
- Acupuncture-assisted anesthesia (read related article)
- Insufficient milk production; mastitis
- Pediatrics (read related article)
- Poor circulation
- Common cold, flu (read related article)
- Asthma (read related article)
- Immune enhancement (read related article) + (more)
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (read related article)
- Functional digestive disorders
- Normalizing bowel function
- Loss of appetite
- Insomnia (read related article)
- Nervousness, anxiety (read related article) + (more)
- Depression (read related article)
- Chronic fatigue (read related article)
- Hypertension (read related article)
- Stress
- Skin conditions (read related article)
- Skin rejuvenation (read related article) + (more)
- Weight control
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The World Health Organization (WHO) Seminar made the following provisional list of diseases that may be helped with acupuncture treatment. Over 50 commonly encountered clinical disorders that lend themselves to acupuncture treatment include:

NOSE AND THROAT DISORDERS such as acute sinusitis, acute rhinitis, the common cold and acute tonsillitis.

RESPIRATORY DISORDERS such as acute bronchitis and bronchial asthma (especially in children and in patients without complicating diseases).

EYE DISORDERS such as acute conjunctivitis, central retinitis, myopia (in children) and cataracts (without complications).

MOUTH DISORDERS such as toothache, post-extraction pain, gingivitis and acute or chronic pharyngitis.

GASTRO-INTESTINAL DISORDERS such as spasms of the esophagus and cardia, hiccough, gastroptosis, acute and chronic gastritis, gastric hyperacidity, chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief), acute duodenal ulcer (without complications), acute and chronic colitis, acute bacillary dysentery, constipation, diarrhea and paralytic ileus.

NEUROLOGICAL AND MUSCULO-SKELETAL DISORDERS such as sciatica, low back pain, headache, migraine, intercostal neuralgia, cervicobrachial syndrome, "frozen shoulder", "tennis elbow", osteoarthritis, trigeminal neuralgia, Bell's palsy (within 3-6 months of onset), pareses (paralysis) following stroke, peripheral neuropathies, sequelae of poliomyelitis (within 6 months of onset), Meniere's disease, dizziness, neurogenic bladder dysfunction, nocturnal enuresis.

CIRCULATORY DISORDERS such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia.

UROGENITAL DISORDERS such as 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).

EMOTIONAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS including depression and anxiety.

ADDICTIONS such as alcohol, nicotine and drugs.


This list is based on clinical experience and not necessarily on controlled clinical research. The inclusion of specific diseases does not indicate the extent of acupuncture's effectiveness in treating them.

Disclaimer: The text presented on this page is for your information only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. It may not represent your true individual medical situation. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your acupuncturist if you have any questions or concerns.

Some conditions, such as the acute stages of infectious diseases other than the common cold and flu, are not appropriately treated with acupuncture. For a number of conditions, such as unexplained tumors or severe, persistent pain, you will be asked to see your doctor for a medical diagnosis either before or in addition to receiving an acupuncture treatment. Most conditions are best treated using a combination of Western and Eastern medicine. Your practitioner will assess the appropriateness of their modality for you at each session; should you have questions beyond this, please consult with your physician.

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