Rather than just focusing on symptomatic relief, acupuncture treats the underlying causes of illness. This is why adding acupuncture to your existing health care is important for promoting and maintaining good health and wellness.
Can Asian Medicine/ Acupuncture Help Me?
The World Health Organization (WHO) published an 87 page review of clinical trials for acupuncture in 2003. The report stated diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials reported in the recent literature and categorized them into 4 groups. The complete report and a link to a great summary of the report are available by clicking on the links.
Some of the conditions determined to benefit from acupuncture include:
Genito-Urinary & Reproductive
induction of labor
high blood pressure
numerous digestive issues
sinus allergies and infection
Muscular-skeletal & Neurological
cold & flu
The National Institute of Health (NIH) Consensus Statement of 1997 concluded that there was sufficient evidence of acupuncture's value to expand its use into conventional medicine. The report stated that there was an issue with the scarcity of appropriate research, however, they did find efficacy of acupuncture in adult post-operative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain. There are other situations such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma for which acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment, an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program. Further research is likely to uncover additional areas where acupuncture interventions will be useful.