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Dr. Alex Tatevian has maintained a monthly acupuncture column in the health section of the Federal Hill Gazette since 1999.      
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  Federall Hill Gazette; February 2001
Question:
What can be treated with acupuncture?

Answer:
   According to the World Health Organization acupuncture is successful in treatment of wide variety of diseases. Here are the most common:
   Back pain, neck pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, sprains and strains, TMJ;
   pain following surgery; shingles;peripheral neuropathic pain (including diabetic neuropathy);
   headaches;
   Trigeminal neuralgia, Bell's Palsy;
    asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis, recurrent chest infections;
   irritable bowel, constipation, diarrhea. Urinary problems;
   Allergic reactions, eczema, dermatitis;
   pre-menstrual tension, reproductive problems, PMS;
   Drug addiction, smoking control;
   Eating disorders, weight control;
   Depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, etc.
   In the United States, acupuncture has found acceptance and success in the treatment of disorders in their very early state. These disorders can be loosely categorized into three groups:
   1. "Aesthenic" states include ill-defined fatigue (eg, "tired all the time, low energy"), mild depression, stress-related myofascial symptoms (shoulder pain, muscle tension, headache), and early functional disturbances (eg. diminished libido).
   2. "Autonomic dysregulation" disorders may manifest as anxiety, sleep disturbances, and bowel dysfunction.
   3. "Immune dysregulation" disorders include recurrent infectious and inflammatory states without underlying frank immunodeficiency: sinusitis, pharyngitis, bronchitis, and viral illnesses.
   These problems are commonly encountered by primary care providers but rarely associated with positive laboratory findings, definitive medical diagnoses, or successful therapies.
   If you don't feel 100% and your doctor does not find anything wrong with you, it may be the time to benefit from Acupuncture.
 
 
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