Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is part of a complete system of health care and as such, it can be helpful for a very wide scope of health issues. It is often possible to combine acupuncture and herbal medicine with treatment from your GP or specialist, physiotherapist, midwife, chiropractor or other provider. It is a combination of East and West that many people are now seeking to assist them with their overall well-being.
The types of conditions people visit for include:
- Digestive disorders – indigestion, reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, fluid retention, weight loss.
- Headaches – migraine, tension or cluster headaches.
- Asthma, hayfever and sinus conditions
- Coughs, colds and flu.
- Menstrual disorders – irregular, painful or heavy periods.
- Some forms of infertility – male and female.
- Maintenance of wellbeing throughout pregnancy and preparation for labour – morning sickness, heartburn, constipation, headaches, lower back pain, breech or posterior presentation.
- Recovery after childbirth – breast feeding difficulties including mastitis, post-natal depression, prolapse conditions, emotional support.
- Menopausal symptoms – hot flushes, insomnia, night sweats, bladder irritation, volatile emotions.
- Musculo-skeletal disorders – arthritis, back pain, strains and sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, bursitis, general sporting injuries, polymyalgia rheumatica, fibromyalgia.
- Neurological conditions – trigeminal neuralgia, shingles, Bell’s palsy, phantom limb pain, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease.
- Psychological disorders – post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression.
- Skin disorders – psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, acne, scarring.
The Acupuncture Evidence Project was published by the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association in 2017 and revised in 2018. Their researchers, John McDonald and Stephen Janz compiled an extensive list of current research on acupuncture treatment of a wide variety of conditions.
The evidence base for the use of acupuncture has grown substantially in recent years. For more information about current research visit the Evidence Based Acupuncture website.