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Acupuncture is one of the main forms of treatment in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It involves the use of sterile, hair-fine needles that are inserted in the body at very specific points. The needles target the body’s natural life force, also called qi (chi). Emotional stress, environmental toxins, poor diet, and lack of exercise disrupt the free flow of qi along the body’s energy pathways. The result is often disease, pain, and fatigue. The acupuncture points are areas of designated electrical sensitivity. There are thousands of acupuncture points along the body and around 360 are commonly used. Inserting needles at these points stimulates various sensory receptors that, in turn, stimulate nerves that transmit impulse to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of the brain. This is the area of the brain where neurotransmitters and endorphins are released. Endorphins are our body’s natural painkillers and are said to be up to 200 times more powerful than morphine. This helps us understand why acupuncture works so well in the treatment of pain while also relaxing the entire body.  

TCM has been around for over 4,000 years compared to the only 100 years of Western medicine. It is being practiced in all 50 states. Over 15 million Americans have used it as a form of therapy. Many insurance plans now cover acupuncture as well.  

The World Health Organization (WHO), whose authority concerning health-related matters internationally cannot be challenged, has compiled a list of symptoms, syndromes, disease processes, pathologies, traumas, and conditions that have definitely been proven as effectively treated by acupuncture. The WHO has also compiled a list of diseases, symptoms, and conditions for which acupuncture has shown definite therapeutic effects.

In an official report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, the WHO has listed the following symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture:

  1. Acute Bacillary Dysentery

  2. Acute Bronchitis

  3. Acute Epigastralgia

  4. AIDS/HIV-related conditions

  5. Allergies

  6. Bronchial Asthma

  7. Chronic Pain

  8. Common Cold

  9. Constipation

  10. Correction of Malposition of Fetus (breeched presentation)

  11. Dental Pain

  12. Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression after stroke)

  13. Diarrhea

  14. Dizziness/Vertigo

  15. Essential Hypertension

  16. Eye Problems

  17. Facial Pain (including Craniomandibular Disorders)

  18. Fatigue

  19. Fibroids

  20. Facial Rejuvenation

  21. Gastritis

  22. Headaches (including Migraines)

  23. Immune System Deficiencies

  24. Induction of Labor

 
  1. Infertility

  2. Insomnia

  3. Knee Pain

  4. Low Back Pain

  5. Low Libido

  6. Menopause

  7. Morning Sickness

  8. Menstrual Disorders

  9. Nausea and Vomiting

  10. Nausea from Chemo or Radiation

  11. Neck Pain

  12. Osteoarthritis

  13. Peptic Ulcer

  14. Periarthritis of the Shoulder

  15. Postoperative Pain

  16. PMS

  17. Primary Hypotension

  18. Prostate Problems

  19. Renal Colic

  20. Rheumatoid Arthritis

  21. Sciatica

  22. Sprains

  23. Sports Injuries

  24. Tempromandibular Stroke,

  25. (TMJ) dysfunction

  26. Tendonitis

  27. Tennis Elbow

  28. Whiplash Injuries