What conditions can acupuncture help with

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Acupuncture theory is based on the premise that the body’s motivating energy ("Chi" or "Qi") circulates throughout the body along well-defined pathways, or meridians.  When we are in perfect health, this energy flows in a smooth and balanced way.  When there is impairment to the circulation of energy we may experience illnesses and pain. Treatments consist of the insertion of very thin needles at specific points along the body’s energy channels.  The aim is to stimulate the body’s own healing response and restore its natural balance. 

Acupuncture is a system of medicine developed 5000 of years to restore, promote, and maintain good health. Today acupuncture is accepted worldwide as a valid system of healthcare.  More and more people are using this gentle and safe therapy as a means of preventing, diagnosing and treating a wide array of conditions. Nowadays acupuncture is accepted worldwide as a valid system of healthcare.  More and more people are using this gentle and safe therapy as a means of preventing, diagnosing and treating a wide array of conditions.

Acupuncture has been an effective treatment for the following diseases, symptoms or conditions:

Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Biliary colic
Depression .(including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
Dysentery, acute bacillajry
Dysmenorrhoea, primary
Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
Headache
Hypertension, essential
Hypotension, primary
Induction of labor
Knee pain
Leukopenia
Low back pain
Malposition of fetus, correction
Morning sickness
Nausea and vomiting
Neck pain
Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
Periarthritis of shoulder
Postoperative pain
Renal colic
Rheumatoid arthritis
Sciatica
Sprain
Stroke
Tennis elbow

The following diseases, symptoms or conditions have limited but probable evidence to support the therapeutic use of acupuncture:

Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
Acne vulgaris
Alcohol dependence and detoxification
Bell’s palsy
Bronchial asthma
Cancer pain
Cardiac neurosis
Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
Cholelithiasis
Competition stress syndrome
Craniocerebral injury, closed
Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
Earache
Epidemic haemorrhagic fever
Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)
Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
Female infertility
Facial spasm
Female urethral syndrome
Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
Gastrokinetic disturbance
Gouty arthritis
Hepatitis B virus carrier status
Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)
Hyperlipaemia
Hypo-ovarianism
Insomnia
Labour pain
Lactation, deficiency
Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
Ménière disease
Neuralgia, post-herpetic
Neurodermatitis
Obesity
Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
Osteoarthritis
Pain due to endoscopic examination
Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome)
Post-extubation in children
Postoperative convalescence
Premenstrual syndrome
Prostatitis, chronic
Pruritus
Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
Raynaud syndrome, primary
Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Retention of urine, traumatic
Schizophrenia
Sialism, drug-induced (excessive salivation)
Sjögren syndrome
Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
Spine pain, acute
Stiff neck
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
Tietze syndrome
Tobacco dependence
Tourette syndrome
Ulcerative colitis, chronic
Urolithiasis
Vascular dementia
Whooping cough (pertussis)

Some references and researches:

Dental anxiety

New British research shows acupuncture can calm dental patients and help post-operative pain.
More information: www.ada.org.au

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

A 2009 Swedish study found that PCOS can be relieved by the use of electro-acupuncture - where the needles are stimulated with a low-frequency current.

More information: www.posaa.asn.au

Depression

Chicago researchers found acupuncture may be an effective alternative treatment to antidepressants for depression during pregnancy. It's also being increasingly used in psychiatric disorders.
More information: www.beyondblue.org.au

Breast cancer treatment

A recent trial of breast cancer patients in Norway found acupuncture provided a 50 per cent reduction in hot flushes.
More information: www.cancercouncil.com.au

Migraines

Randomised controlled studies have shown acupuncture can reduce tension headaches by half and ensure fewer headaches after three to four months than routine drug treatment.
More information: www.acupuncture.com.au