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What Conditions Can Acupuncture Treat?

by Farah Khan, L. Ac.

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can be used to treat many types of health conditions. It can also be used to enhance a person's energy level and sense of well being. It can reduce fatigue, increase the body's resistance to illness, and promote detoxification.

Acupuncture and herbs work particularly well for many conditions that are aggravated by stress or low energy such as:

  • Back pain and neck pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Migraines
  • Menstrual problems
  • Allergies and asthma
  • Digestive problems
  • Skin problems
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Chronic fatigue

What is the theory behind Chinese Medicine?

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are based on the theory that life energy, called "Qi" (pronounced "chee"), flows through channels or meridians in the body. When a person is under mental, emotional, physical, or environmental stress, the flow of Qi becomes disturbed. Chinese medicine attributes many conditions to disruptions in the harmonious flow of Qi in the body.

What can I expect from my acupuncture treatment?

Acupuncture uses hair thin needles to stimulate points on the body that balance the flow of Qi in the body. The procedure is painless (not scary at all!) , and can be very relaxing. Many patients report feelings of well-being and euphoria during and after their session. The number of treatments a person needs varies according to the severity and the type of their condition.

How can acupuncture treat so many different types of problems?

Acupuncture helps relax muscles and promote blood circulation in areas of stress, tension, and pain. It stimulates the release of natural opiates in the body which relieve pain, enhance mood, and reduce stress. It appears to improve hormonal balance and to reduce inappropriate inflammatory responses in the body. It also appears to improve digestive function, which helps the body to assimilate necessary nutrients. It seems to have an influence on the nervous system, and recent studies using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) show an immediate change in brain activity in patients receiving acupuncture.

As a result, acupuncture appears to positively influence most systems in the body. This is why it can treat so many different types of problems, particularly when it is also used together with herbal medicine. determination in the beginning.


About the Author

Farah Khan is a licenced acupuncturist and TCM writer. Some of her articles are featured at The Medicine Buddha, located here.


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