Acupuncture has been proved to be effective in a broad range of conditions and may also be used to maintain general well being. The World Health Organisation recognises that Acupuncture can be effective in treating a number of common conditions.
These include, but are not limited to, the following:
Back pain, sciatica, shoulder pain, neck pain, sports injuries, arthritis, rehabilitation following stroke
Asthma, cough, cold, flu, hay fever, bronchitis
Irregular or painful menstruation, PMT, symptoms of menopause, morning sickness during pregnancy, malposition of foetus
Insomnia, anxiety, headache, stress
Ear, Nose & Throat Disorders
Sinusitis, sore throat, earache
Diarrhoea, constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Post-Stroke neuralgia and weakness, Herpes Zoster (Shingles), headaches
Acupuncture is also an effective Supportive Treatment for:
• Side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy
• Post-operative nausea, vomiting and pain
• Side effects of medication
• Weight loss
The World Health Organisation (WHO) lists a number of conditions that have been shown in clinical trials to respond effectively to acupuncture.
In the UK, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on best practice recommend that GPs consider offer a course of up to 10 acupuncture sessions as an option for first line of treatment for persistent, non-specific low back pain.