Acupuncture treatment is becoming increasingly popular in the West due to its drug-free and holistic approach and its effectiveness for a wide range of disease and condition. World Health Organization has listed numerous diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved through controlled trials to be an effective treatment, including adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy, depression, headache, essential hypertension, neck and knee pain, lower back pain, sciatica, rheumatoid arthritis and more. (Please note World Health Organization has also listed others for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed. The list is available from this link).
How acupuncture works
Acupuncture is an important component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and a therapy that originated from China over 2000 years ago. In TCM the body is regarded as an integrated whole and is made up of fourteen major channels, also known as meridians. These channels correspond to different organs and have numerous acupuncture points. When there is an obstruction or depletion of the flow of qi (energy) in these channels, it can lead to physical and emotional disease.
Acupuncture involves the insertion and manipulation of very fine needles into special anatomical points on the body. With an experienced acupuncturist, patients experience minimal to no pain upon insertion.
The aim of acupuncture is to mobilize the flow of qi (energy), to unblock obstruction and to encourage the normal flow of qi. Acupuncture provides a holistic approach to the treatment of disease. It treats the underlying cause as well as the symptoms. Acupuncture can help with a wide range of conditions and its effectiveness has been acknowledged by the World Health Organization.
For a complete list of conditions what acupuncture can treat, please click here