What does Acupuncture Treat?

Already known as an alternative remedy for alleviating backaches and migraines, acupuncture, has found a niche in treating the side effects of cancer treatments, diabetes, eating disorders, infertility, morning sickness associated with pregnancy, skin disorders, emotional disorders like depression and even smoking and alcohol addictions. Relief can further be found for respiratory, circulatory, digestive and gynecological problems.

According to the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, acupuncture may be considered as a complementary therapy for these conditions:

  • Acute and chronic pain control
  • Posttraumatic and postoperative ileus
    Muscle spasms, tremors, tics, contractures
  • Paresthesias
  • Anxiety, fright, panic
  • Drug detoxification
  • Neuralgias (trigeminal, herpes zoster, postherpetic pain, other)
  • Seventh nerve palsy
  • Sequelae of stroke syndrome (aphasia, hemiplegia)
  • Certain functional gastrointestinal disorders (nausea and vomiting, esophageal spasm, hyperacidity, irritable bowel)
  • Headache, vertigo (Meniere disease), Acupuncturetinnitus
  • Phantom pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Cervical and lumbar spine syndromes
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Arthritis/arthrosis
  • Bursitis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sprains and contusions
  • In fractures, assisting in pain control, edema, and enhancing healing process
  • Temporo-mandibular joint derangement, bruxism
  • Dysmenorrhea, pelvic pain
  • Anorexia
  • Atypical chest pain (negative workup)
  • Idiopathic palpitations, sinus tachycardia
  • Allergic sinusitis
  • Persistent hiccups
  • Selected dermatoses (urticaria, pruritus, eczema, psoriasis)
  • Constipation, diarrhea
  • Urinary incontinence, retention (neurogenic, spastic, adverse drug effect)
  • Abdominal distention/flatulence
  • Severe hyperthermia
  • Cough with contraindications for narcotics