Why should I get acupuncture or take Chinese herbs? What do acupuncture and herbs treat?

According to the World Health Organization1, acupuncture or Chinese herbs may effectively help with variety of medical conditions, including:

Respiratory Disorders
Sinusitis, Rhinitis
Common cold
Tonsillitis
Sore throat
Hay fever
Bronchitis
Bronchial asthma

Disorders of the Eyes
Acute conjunctivitis
Myopia in children
Cataracts without complications
Central retinitis

Mental-Emotional Disorders
Anxiety
Depression
Stress
Insomnia
Addictions
Weight control

Musculo-skeletal Disorders
Frozen shoulder
Tennis elbow
Low back pain
Osteoarthritis and joint pains
Stiff neck
Tendonitis
Bursitis
Sprains
Injuries from auto accidents
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Fibromyalgia

Gastro-intestinal Disorders
Acute and chronic gastritis
Hyperacidity
Hiccoughs
Acute uncomplicated duodenal ulcer
Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
Acute and chronic colitis
Acute bacillary dysentery
Constipation
Diarrhea
Paralytic ileus

Neurological Disorders
Headache and Migraine
Dizziness
Trigeminal neuralgia
Bell’s palsy (within 3-6 months)
Pareses following stroke
Peripheral neuropathies
Meniere’s disease
Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
Nocturnal enuresis
Intercostal neuralgia
Sciatica

Disorders of the Mouth
Toothache
Post extraction pain
Gingivitis
Acute and chronic pharyngitis
Ear Disorders
Ringing in the ears
Deafness
Meniere’s disease
Earache

Reproductive System Disorders
Infertility
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Irregular menses
Menstrual cramps
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
Menopausal symptoms
Morning sickness
Urinary incontinence
Impotence

  1. Traditional Medicine – Growing Needs and Potential, World Health Organization Policy Perspective on Medicines; #1 May 2002; World Health Organization, Geneva.

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