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- Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine and consists of inserting fine needles into specific points on the skin.
- Performed by a skilled practitioner, acupuncture can be a safe and effective treatment for a range of disorders.
- The treatment can be effective even if you don’t believe in the underlying philosophy.
Evidence of effectiveness of acupuncture
Scientific trials around the world have found that when acupuncture is performed by a skilled practitioner, it is a safe and useful treatment for many different disorders.
Clinical guidelines published in many different countries have found that acupuncture is helpful in a wide range of conditions, particularly those which involve pain.
Acupuncture is used for the treatment of a range of illnesses and dysfunction both acute (recent onset) and chronic in nature. Treatment application ranges from muscuoloskeletal conditions through to systemic conditions and may include dysfunction affecting the organs, muscles, circulation and their related function.
Acupuncture has also long been used for health maintenance, addressing non-specific signs and symptoms such as tiredness, feelings of being run down and poor quality sleep. As such, acupuncture treatment is not just for those with illness or injury but is useful to assist with maintaining optimal health, important in today’s high impact society where optimal functioning is required for individuals and their busy life schedules.
In this way, acupuncture can assist in the prevention of illness through identifying and addressing imbalances before they manifest physically. Contact the clinic for further information.
Acupuncture therapy often involves the use of thin, solid needles inserted at discrete points and regions on the body. This is done to bring about a beneficial therapeutic outcome to assist in the alleviation, control and/or management of dysfunction. While acupuncture is associated with ‘needles’, acupuncture as a treatment option involves more than just the use of needles.
A trained acupuncture practitioner (an acupuncturist) uses other treatment modalities such as tuina (remedial massage), cupping and gua sha while also providing advice on diet, lifestyle and general health issues to assist with the maintenance of your health and well being.
The World Health Organisation has published a list of health conditions that acupuncture has shown efficacy for:
Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved—
through controlled trials—to be an effective treatment:
Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following
Dysentery, acute bacillary
Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and
Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
Induction of labour
Low back pain
Nausea and vomiting
Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular
Periarthritis of shoulder
Acupuncture: review and analysis of controlled clinical trials
acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed:
Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
Alcohol dependence and detoxification
Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
Competition stress syndrome
Craniocerebral injury, closed
Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
Epidemic haemorrhagic fever
Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)
Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
Female urethral syndrome
Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
Hepatitis B virus carrier status
Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)
Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
Pain due to endoscopic examination
Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein–Leventhal syndrome)
Postextubation in children
Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
Raynaud syndrome, primary
Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Retention of urine, traumatic
Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
Spine pain, acute
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
Ulcerative colitis, chronic
Whooping cough (pertussis)
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