Theoretically, Acupuncture does not treat any disease, we insert stainless steel needle into the body and remove it after minutes, through it into recycle box. There is nothing left in the body? How does Acupuncture needle treat disease?
Traditional Chinese Medicine thoughts Acupuncture is the technique which send stimulation signal into the body via special Acu-points. In order to promote the body self-healing system, and curing diseases after enhanced abilities of body self-healing system. From this point of view, we understand all diseases which can be cured after body self-healing ability is the treatment area of Acupuncture. Otherwise we need surgery, medicine or other therapies help.
General speaking Acupuncture is known to treat a wide range of disorders including:
Neurological conditions: headaches, migraines, difficulty sleeping, nervous tension, stroke, some forms of deafness, facial and inter-costal neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, some forms of paralysis, sequelae of poliomyelitis, peripheral neuropathy, noises in the ears, dizziness, and Meniere’s disease.
Cardiovascular disorders: high or low blood pressure, fluid retention, chest pain, angina pectoris, poor circulation, cold hands and feet, and muscle cramps, irregular heart beat and angina.
Respiratory conditions: bronchial asthma, acute and chronic bronchitis, acute tonsillitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, hay fever, chronic cough, laryngitis, sore throat, influenza and the common cold.
Digestive system disorders: toothache, post-extraction pain, gingivitis, mouth ulcers, hiccough, spasms of the oesophagus, gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastric hyperacidity, gastritis, heartburn, hiatus hernia syndrome, flatulence, paralytic ileus, colitis, diarrhoea, constipation, haemorrhoids, liver and gall bladder disorders, and weight control.
Urogenital disorders: cystitis, prostatitis, orchitis, low sexual vitality, urinary retention, kidney disorders, nocturnal enuresis, and neurogenic bladder dysfunction.
Gynaecological and obstetric disorders: infertility, premenstrual tension, painful, heavy or irregular, or the absence of periods, abnormal uterine bleeding or discharge, hormonal disturbances, disorders associated with menopause, prolapsed of the uterus or bladder, difficulty with conception, and morning sickness.
Skin conditions: eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, nerve rash, herpes zoster, acne, scar tissue and resultant adhesions, hair loss and dandruff.
Eye conditions: visual disorders, red, sore, itchy or watery eyes, conjunctivitis, simple cataracts, myopia in children, and central retinitis.
Musculoskeletal disorders: osteoarthritis, traumatic arthritis, sciatica, lumbago, weak back, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, carpel tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, tenosynovitis, shoulder and neck pain, cervicobrachial syndrome, ‘frozen shoulder’, and ‘tennis elbow’, muscle sprains, plantar facilities, sprained ankles and knees, cartilage problems, corking and tearing of muscles, torn ligaments and bruises.
Psychological conditions: depression, phobias, emotional disturbances, anxiety, nervousness and addictions such as smoking and drug withdraw.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized the use of acupuncture to
treat a wide variety of conditions. The National Institute of Health (NIH) conducted its
own research and concurred on the list developed by the WHO and added that
acupuncture was effective in the treatment of asthma. The report which is dated today
was written in 1997 and stated: “There is sufficient evidence of acupuncture’s value to
expand its use into conventional medicine and to encourage further studies of its
physiology and clinical value.” (NIH 1997 Report p.19).
Some of the more common ones are listed below:
Digestive: Emotional: Ear-Nose-Eye-Throat:
Abdominal pain Anxiety Tinnitus
Constipation Depression TMJ
Diarrhea Insomnia Vision related issues
Hyperacidity Nervousness Tooth related pain
Indigestion Neurosis Throat issues
Gynecological: Musculoskeletal: Neurological:
Infertility Arthritis Headaches
Menopause symptoms Muscle pain Migraines
PMS Muscle weakness Parkinson’s disease
Menstrual Irregularities Chronic Fatigue facial palsy
Fibromyalgia numbness or tingling
Neck Pain sciatica pain
Back Pain stroke
Respiratory: Urinary/Bladder: Addictions:
Asthma Incontinence Smoking cessation
Bronchitis UTI’s Alcohol and other Drugs
Q. What does Acupuncture actually do?
A. The National Institute of Health conducted a scientific review in 1997 and conducted
through the review of random controlled clinical trials that acupuncture has the following
biological effects on the body:
• Acupuncture releases endorphins, substances which inhibit pain
• Acupuncture regulates the endocrine functions in the body
• Acupuncture increases the circulation
• Acupuncture enhances the body’s immune function
In addition, two key points were presented within this report: a comparison between
acupuncture and conventional western medicine was made: “One of the advantages of
acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than of many
drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions. (NIH p.9),
and the panel of experts concluded that acupuncture has much to offer in today’s
medical treatment model: “There is sufficient evidence of acupuncture’s value to expand
its use into conventional medicine and to encourage further studies of its physiology and
clinical value.” (NIH 1997 Report p.19).