Acupuncture

How can acupuncture help?

Treatment for specific disorders to reduce symptoms. Acupuncture will also treat underlying causes so recurrence is less likely.

Maintenance treatment for chronic disorders to promote a more comfortable way of living and reduce the need for medication and surgery.

An effective form of preventative medicine because energy imbalances can be treated before disease appears.

How many treatments?

The number and frequency depends on various factors:
duration and severity of the condition.
age, constitution and desired outcome

Your practitioner is concerned with all aspects of your health - body, mind, emotions. Details of your medical, surgical and family history are relevant, as are your lifestyle, exercise habits, diet and work. Your tongue and pulse are an important part of the diagnosis.

What does acupuncture treat?

There is a wide range or disorders that can be treated. The World Health Organisation (December 1979) recognises a number of disorders that have been successfully treated by acupuncture. These are emphasised in bold print in the following list which also includes other common disorders that respond well to acupuncture.

Neurological System
Headaches, migraines, difficulty sleeping, nervous tension, stroke, some forms of deafness, facial and inter-costal neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, peripheral neuropathy, dizziness.

Cardiovascular System
High or low blood pressure, fluid retention, chest pain, angina pectoris, poor circulation, cold hands and feet, muscle cramps.

Respiratory system
Bronchial asthma, acute and chronic bronchitis, acute tonsillitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, hay fever, chronic cough, laryngitis, sore throat, influenza and the common cold.

Digestive system
Toothache, post-extraction pain, gingivitis, mouth ulcers, hiccough, spasms of the oesophagus, gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastric hyperacidity, gastritis, heartburn, hiatus hernia syndrome, flatulence, paralytic ileus, colitis, diarrhoea, constipation, haemorrhoids, liver and gall bladder disorders, weight control.

Urogenital sytem
Cystitis, prostatitis, orchiditis, low sexual vitality, urinary retention, kidney disorders, nocturnal enuresis, neurogenic bladder dysfunction.

Gynaecological & Fertility disorders
Premenstrual tension, painful, heavy or irregular, or the absence of periods, abnormal uterine bleeding or discharge, hormonal disturbances, disorders associated with menopause, prolapse of the uterus or bladder, difficulty with conception, morning sickness.

Skin
Eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, nerve rash, herpes zoster, acne, scar tissue and resultant adhesions, hair loss and dandruff.

Eyes
Visual disorders, red, sore, itchy or watery eyes, conjunctivitis.

Musculoskeletal system
Osteoarthritis, sciatica, lumbago, weak back, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, tenosynovitis, shoulder and neck pain, cervico-brachial syndrome, "frozen shoulder", "tennis elbow".

Sporting Injuries
Sprained ankles and knees, cartilage problems, corking and tearing of muscles, torn ligaments and bruises.

Psychological
Depression, phobias, emotional disturbances, anxiety, nervousness and addictions such as smoking.