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Common Conditions Treated with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Most historical research shows that acupuncture and herbal medicine have been around for about 2,000 to 3,000 years (some say possibly even as far back as 5,000 years.) Personally, I think anything over 2000 years old has a pretty good track record so I don't fuss over the exact date.
Up until the modern day, these were some of the main methods used in healthcare in East Asian countries like China. As a result, it has been developed to treat the whole person with a wide variety of conditions and symptoms. Most people are familiar with it for the treatment of pain, but as you can see from the list below, there is so much more that can be supported. The following is a partial list of the various concerns that acupuncture can treat according to research assembled by the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as what we commonly see in the clinic.
Acute or chronic – joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments – knee pain, back pain, sciatica, arthritis (osteo- and rheumatoid), plantar fasciitis, TMJ, rotator cuff
Menstrual issues (amenorrhea, irregularity, painful periods, PMS, PCOS), menopausal symptoms
Low energy, erectile dysfunction, prostate issues
Both female and male factor, unexplained infertility, IUI/IVF support
Acid reflux, bloating, gas, cramping, colitis, IBS, Crohns, diarrhea, constipation
Tension, migraines, menstrual, cervicogenic, sinus
Insomnia, frequent waking, daytime sleepiness
Stress, anxiety, depression
Allergies, asthma, sinusitis
Alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, compulsive eating and other addictions
Acne, eczema, psoriasis
Cancer Treatment Support
Fatigue, pain, nausea
Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and autoimmune
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Anxiety ranges from "just a little stress" to a debilitating full-on panic. It can affect someone for a short time or for many years to even decades. It touches every age group and every community, affecting not only people suffering from it, but also their family, friends, and coworkers as it spills over into relationships. Anxiety often hides under different names like stress, worry, fear, and nervousness. I find it is very important to treat because anxiety can often be part of a vicious circle with pain and other health conditions. Pain feeds stress, which leads to more pain, which triggers more stress, and so on. Acupuncture can help break this frustrating cycle.
Good health and poor health very often start in the gut. Apart from the air we breathe, everything else we need to function comes from the food we eat and how well we digest it. Patients are often surprised that a symptom elsewhere in the body can be created by an imbalance in the digestive system. When it comes to digestion, it's important to separate "normal" from "healthy." It is normal, meaning common, to be constipated, but it's not healthy. It's normal (common) to have acid reflux, but it's not healthy. In traditional Chinese medicine, there is no separating out different parts of the body - each area affects the others, so when you start improving your digestion, you will often find other symptoms start to improve as well.
Acute and Chronic Pain
Pain is one of your body's ways of communicating with you. If you ignore the pain message at first, sooner or later your body will find a way to make the signal louder. Think of the alarm clock that starts off quietly, but if you don't wake up, pretty soon it will be blaring at you in a way that you can't ignore. Ideally, patients will come in at the first sign of pain because it can be more quickly treated at that stage. But acupuncture can help chronic pain conditions as well. If you feel like you've tried "everything else," be sure to test out what acupuncture can do for your pain.