What can it treat?

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Whilst over the centuries, Chinese medicine has been based on an empirical model of trial and error, the last 40 years has seen a huge interest in monitoring effectiveness through clinical studies.

An Acupuncturist encounters a wide range of health concerns. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has compiled a list of diseases and conditions for which it considers treatment with Acupuncture to be appropriate. These include:

  • Respiratory problems e.g. Asthma, Rhinitis

  • Gastro-intestinal problems e.g. IBS

  • Mouth problems e.g. Toothache

  • Eye problems e.g. Conjuctivitis, Cataracts

  • Neurological disorders e.g. Headaches, Neuralgia, after effect of Strokes, Meuniere's disease, Back Pain

  • Musculoskeletal disorders e.g. Sciatica, Frozen shoulder, Tennis elbow

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Many women consult with an Acupuncturist for Gynaecological issues: to help resolve morning sickness, in pregnancy, in preparing for childbirth, and to treat symptoms of menopause.

It has been claimed that, 'Acupuncture can treat every condition, but not cure every cause …' The aim of a course of Acupuncture is always to maximise well being. Sometimes this may mean a total resolution of symptoms, at other times treatment may alleviate symptoms and bring about a better quality of life.