In 2002 the World Health Organization, WHO, committed itself to the integration of Traditional Medicine into the world's modern health care system. The WHO defines Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM, is as one of the "oldest existing systems" of creating health and wellbeing.
Traditional Chinese Medicine, consists of both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine is the use of of herbs and other medicince substances to treat illness. The herbs used are blended together by trained herbalist into complex formulas, based on thousands of hears of clinical use. Knowledged gained through repeated use and observation is empirical knowledge.
By using Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine I can address syndromes, with western diagnosis like Chronic Fatigue, Menieres, PMDD, POTS, IBS, Menapausal Syndrome, Metabolic syndroms and various hormonal imbalances. Additionally my patients often report they have been able to reduce or eliminate their need for pharmaceutical medication, get sick less often and have a greater ability to tolerate work and life stress.
Read on to find some of the other conditions the World Health Organization concluded respond favorably to acupuncture. All quotes are from their 2003 publication, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials", the 87 page indepth report can be accessed by clicking here.
Pain both Acute and Chronic
“The effectiveness of acupuncture analgesia [acupuncture for pain relief] has already been established in controlled clinical studies. As mentioned previously, acupuncture analgesia works better than a placebo for most kinds of pain, and its effective rate in the treatment of chronic pain is comparable with that of morphine.” [my emphasis]
“Because of the side-effects of long-term drug therapy for pain and the risks of dependence, acupuncture analgesia can be regarded as the method of choice for treating many chronically painful conditions.”
Migraine, Tension and other Headaches
“results suggest acupuncture could play a significant role” in the treatment of these problems.
TMJ and other Chronic Facial Pain
“TMJ responses well to acupuncture as does other chronic facial pain.”
Chronic Joint Pain
“Acupuncture not only alleviates pain, it also reduces muscle spasm, thereby increasing mobility.” The report also notes that joint pain often begins before any damage shows on x-rays, “In these cases, acupuncture may bring about a permanent cure.”
“The acupuncture group showed greater improvement than the allopurinol group.” Allopurinol is the standard medication used to treat gout.
Biliary and Renal Colic
[in lay terms the spastic pain caused by the transit of gallbladder or kidney stones]
“It provides a better analgesic effect in a shorter time, without side-effects. In addition, acupuncture is effective for relieving abdominal colic, whether it occurs in acute gastroenteritis or is due to gastrointestinal spasm” [emphasis mine]
TRAMA or POST-OPERATIVE PAIN
“For traumas such as sprains, acupuncture is not only useful for relieving pain without the risk of drug dependence, but may also hasten recovery by improving local circulation. Acupuncture analgesia to relieve postoperative pain is well recognized and has been confirmed in controlled studies “
“In the neurological field, headaches, migraines and neuralgia are the common painful conditions treated with acupuncture. Strokes and their sequelae are another major indication for acupuncture. Early treatment of paresis after stroke has proved highly effective.”
“Acupuncture is often used in treating respiratory disorders. Allergic rhinitis is one of the major indications. In controlled studies, it has been shown that acupuncture is more effective than antihistamine drugs in the treatment of allergic rhinitis.”
“Epigastric pain is a common symptom in diseases of the stomach, including peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastric spasm. Acupuncture provides satisfactory relief of epigastric pain—significantly better than injections of anisodamine or morphine plus atropine, as shown in randomized controlled trials. For gastrointestinal spasm, acupuncture is also superior to injections of atropine, and for gastrokinetic disturbances, the effectiveness of acupuncture is comparable with that of conventional medicine (domperidone)”
“Among various blood disorders, leukopenia is the most suitable for acupuncture treatment. In controlled studies, acupuncture has been shown to be more effective than batilol and/or cysteine phenylacetate in the treatment of leukopenia due to chemotherapy (or benzene intoxication.
“Urinary retention due to functional disorders, with no organic obstruction, is often treated with acupuncture.”
“Acupuncture is not only useful for relieving renal colic, but also for expelling urinary stones (if they are not too large), because it dilates the ureter. Satisfactory results have been obtained in comparisons with conventional medication, but it is better to use acupuncture as a complementary measure in conjunction with medication or lithotripsy.”
In women, it has been shown that acupuncture can lower urethral pressure and relieve urethral syndrome. Acupuncture has also been successfully used as a prophylaxis against recurrent lower urinary tract infections."
Gynecological and obstetric disorders
“ … the mechanism of acupuncture in regulating abnormal function of the hypothalamic–pituitary–ovarian axis has been demonstrated in experimental studies.”
Hypotension and Hypertension (low and high blood pressure)
“For primary hypotension, acupuncture seems to be more effective than general tonics. For mild and moderate essential hypertension, the hypotensive effect of acupuncture is much more potent than that of placebos and is comparable with that of certain conventional hypotensive agents. In addition, acupuncture is often effective for relieving subjective symptoms, and it has no side-effects."
"Encouraging results have been reported for a number of controlled studies on the treatment of heart disease with acupuncture, particularly in psychosomatic heart disorders, such as cardiac neurosis. In coronary heart disease, acupuncture has been shown by various authors to be effective in relieving angina pectoris. Its beneficial influence has been demonstrated during coronary arteriography .
Cardiological, neurophysiological and psychological observations, made in mutually independent studies, indicated that acupuncture improved the working capacity of the heart in patients with angina pectoris and activated autoregulatory cardiovascular mechanisms in healthy persons.
In controlled studies, acupuncture has provided significantly greater improvement in symptoms and cardiac work capacity than either placebo or conventional medication, such as glyceryl trinitrate. Dilation of the coronary artery during acupuncture has been shown to be comparable with that observed during intracatheter injection of isosorbide dinitrate. In addition, acupuncture has a beneficial effect on the left ventricular function of patients with coronary heart disease, and is also more effective than nifedipine and isosorbide dinitrate … The beneficial effect of acupuncture at this point has been demonstrated by serial equilibrium radionuclide angiography. Acupuncture also produces haemorrheological improvement.”
Psychiatric disorders and mental disturbances
“Acupuncture is being increasingly used in psychiatric disorders. The effect of acupuncture on depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke) has been documented repeatedly in controlled studies”