Acupuncture is possibly the oldest health care system that ever existed, and is currently used by one third of the world’s population as a primary health care system. More people have been treated by acupuncture than any other medical system in history!

People choose to come for acupuncture for a number of reasons. Some of them are:

  • Physical ailments
  • Mental / Emotional issues, such as depression, anxiety, phobias, trauma, stress, insomnia
  • A sense of being out of sorts, feeling unwell without a named illness
  • Wanting an enhanced sense of well-being and balance that acupuncture provides 

In the words of Prof. J.R. Worlsey,

"In this system of medicine, we don't treat diseases. We treat people who happen to have diseases. There are as many different kinds of diseases as there are people. Therefore, no two people are treated the same."

While two people may suffer from the same complaint, such as asthma or migraines, the energetic imbalance causing the trouble is certainly different for each of them. Equally different are the circumstances that led to the imbalance. Once the extent and development of the person's energetic imbalance is understood, treatment can be planned specifically for that person to help restore his or her overall state of health.

However, many people want to know that there is scientific evidence of acupuncture successfully treating people with specific ailments and disorders. Some documented benefits of acupuncture treatment are listed below and in the sidebar to the right.

In addition to the disorders listed in the sidebar, acupuncture is a safe and highly effective treatment for many other conditions including:

  • Digestive Difficulties: Food allergies, peptic ulcers, constipation, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and gastritis.
  • Breathing Problems: The common cold, flu, and emphysema
  • Reproductive Issues: Irregular, heavy or painful menstruation, sexual dysfunction
  • Circulatory Problems: Angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, and anemia
  • Supportive Therapy: Side effects of chemotherapy – reduces nausea, vomiting, and post-operative pain

What Can Acupuncture Help?

“Can acupuncture help ______? (fill in the blank), is quite possibly the most common question I am asked. There have been extensive clinical studies to test whether acupuncture effectively treats common physiological, mental and emotional conditions.  

The World Health Organization Identifies the Following Conditions Which Can Be Effectively Treated with Acupuncture:

Dental & Ear, Nose & Throat Conditions
Toothache, post extraction pain, gum problems, earaches, sinusitis, nasal inflammation, allergies

• Respiratory Conditions
Asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, allergies

Gastrointestinal Conditions
Digestive tract problems, hiccups, hyperacidity, chronic duodenal ulcers, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, dysentery, abdominal pain

• Eye Conditions
Inflammation of the conjunctiva, inflammation of the central retina, nearsightedness (in children) and uncomplicated cataracts

• Neurological Conditions
Headaches, migraines, post-stroke paralysis, bed wetting, post-operative pain, neuralgia, and neuropathy

• Musculo-Skeletal Conditions
Frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, sciatica, backache, muscle cramping, osteoarthritis, arthritis, disc problems, sports injuries, sprains, strains

• Reproductive Conditions
PMS, infertility, menopause symptoms, urinary tract infection, impotence, prostatitis

• Emotional Conditions
Hypertension, insomnia, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, neurosis

• Addictions
Alcohol, nicotine, recreational drugs