What does Acupuncture treat?

Having spoken to a many colleagues over the past weeks, a few thought that acupuncture could only treat musculoskeletal problems. Of course this is true, and that is why 'dry needling' is so popular, however there are so many other conditions that there is evidence based research that we can treat.

The WHO? The World Health Organisation lists a wide variety of diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials.

The WHAT? The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is the UK's largest professional/ self-regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture.

The WHY? The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care promotes the health, safety and wellbeing of patients. It is an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament. As the British Acupuncture Council is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), under GMC guidelines, GPs may refer patients to any practitioner belonging to a PSA accredited register. Yes, you can be referred to me by your GP!

The WHEN? Is now. Give me a call to have a chat, or if you prefer we can message or email. I love a natter!

Instead of referring everyone to a link listing all the conditions, I thought I would do the clicking for you, so you can scroll through leisurely whilst sipping on your favourite brew. So here it is, fresh from the World Health Organization's Website!

The diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials reported in the recent literature can be classified into four categories as shown below.

1. 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)

· Biliary colic

· Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following

· stroke)

· Dysentery, acute bacillary

· Dysmenorrhoea, primary

· Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and

· gastrospasm)

· Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)

· Headache

· Hypertension, essential

· Hypotension, primary

· Induction of labour

· Knee pain

· Leukopenia

· Low back pain

· Malposition of fetus, correction of

· Morning sickness

· Nausea and vomiting

· Neck pain

· Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)

· Periarthritis of shoulder

· Postoperative pain

· Renal colic

· Rheumatoid arthritis

· Sciatica

· Sprain

· Stroke

· Tennis elbow

2. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed:

· Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)

· Acne vulgaris

· Alcohol dependence and detoxification

· Bell’s palsy

· Bronchial asthma

· Cancer pain

· Cardiac neurosis

· Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation

· Cholelithiasis

· Competition stress syndrome

· Craniocerebral injury, closed

· Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent

· Earache

· Epidemic haemorrhagic fever

· Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)

· Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection

· Female infertility

· Facial spasm

· Female urethral syndrome

· Fibromyalgia and fasciitis

· Gastrokinetic disturbance

· Gouty arthritis

· Hepatitis B virus carrier status

· Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)

· Hyperlipaemia

· Hypo-ovarianism

· Insomnia

· Labour pain

· Lactation, deficiency

· Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic

· Ménière disease

· Neuralgia, post-herpetic

· Neurodermatitis

· Obesity

· Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence

· Osteoarthritis

· Pain due to endoscopic examination

· Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans

· Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein–Leventhal syndrome)

· Postextubation in children

· Postoperative convalescence

· Premenstrual syndrome

· Prostatitis, chronic

· Pruritus

· Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome

· Raynaud syndrome, primary

· Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection

· Reflex sympathetic dystrophy

· Retention of urine, traumatic

· Schizophrenia

· Sialism, drug-induced

· Sjögren syndrome

· Sore throat (including tonsillitis)

· Spine pain, acute

· Stiff neck

· Temporomandibular joint dysfunction

· Tietze syndrome

· Tobacco dependence

· Tourette syndrome

· Ulcerative colitis, chronic

· Urolithiasis

· Vascular dementia

· Whooping cough (pertussis)

3. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which there are only individual controlled trials reporting some therapeutic effects, but for which acupuncture is worth trying because treatment by conventional and other therapies is difficult:

· Chloasma

· Choroidopathy, central serous

· Colour blindness

· Deafness

· Hypophrenia

· Irritable colon syndrome

· Neuropathic bladder in spinal cord injury

· Pulmonary heart disease, chronic

· Small airway obstruction

4. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture may be tried provided the practitioner

has special modern medical knowledge and adequate monitoring equipment:

· Breathlessness in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

· Coma

· Convulsions in infants

· Coronary heart disease (angina pectoris)

· Diarrhoea in infants and young children

· Encephalitis, viral, in children, late stage

· Paralysis, progressive bulbar and pseudobulbar

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