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Acupuncture is one of the main components of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and has been practiced in China for more than 2000 years.
Traditional Chinese Medicine views the body as an organic whole, with a network of channels or meridians connecting and co-ordinating the internal organs, muscles, bones and skin.
Acupuncture aims to restore a natural balance throughout the whole body, treating the root cause of the problem rather than just relieving the symptoms. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine sterile single-use needles into the body at specific points on the meridians. The needles are then manipulated gently to stimulate the points.
Other Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies are often applied in combination with acupuncture, such as moxibustion and cupping.

Which Conditions Respond to Acupuncture?

In the Western world, acupuncture is generally regarded as a treatment for pain. While acupuncture is a very effective treatment for both acute and chronic pain, it provides a mechanism by which the whole body may be treated, so any condition may respond to acupuncture treatment.
The World Health Organisation maintains a list of conditions where acupuncture treatment has been shown to be of benefit.

WHO List (Click/Tap to Expand or Collapse)

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
  • Acne vulgaris
  • Alcohol dependence and detoxification
  • Biliary colic
  • Bell's palsy
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Cancer pain
  • Cardiac neurosis
  • Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Competition stress syndrome
  • Craniocerebral injury, closed
  • Chloasma
  • Choroidopathy, central serous
  • Colour blindness
  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  • Dysentery, acute bacillary
  • Dysmenorrhoea, primary
  • Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
  • Deafness
  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
  • Earache
  • Epidemic haemorrhagic fever
  • Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)
  • Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
  • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
  • Female infertility
  • Facial spasm
  • Female urethral syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
  • Gastrokinetic disturbance
  • Gouty arthritis
  • Headache
  • Hypertension, essential
  • Hypotension, primary
  • Hepatitis B virus carrier status
  • Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)
  • Hyperlipaemia
  • Hypo-ovarianism
  • Hypophrenia
  • Induction of labour
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Knee pain
  • Leukopenia
  • Low back pain
  • Labour pain
  • Lactation, deficiency
  • Malposition of fetus, correction of
  • Morning sickness
  • Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
  • Ménière's disease
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Neuralgia, post-herpetic
  • Neurodermatitis
  • Neuropathic bladder in spinal cord injury
  • Obesity
  • Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
  • Periarthritis of shoulder
  • Postoperative pain
  • 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
  • Pulmonary heart disease, chronic
  • Renal colic
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
  • Raynaud syndrome, primary
  • Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Retention of urine, traumatic
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sialism, drug-induced
  • Sjögren syndrome
  • Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
  • Spine pain, acute
  • Stiff neck
  • Small airway obstruction
  • Tennis elbow
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
  • Tietze syndrome
  • Tobacco dependence
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis, chronic
  • Urolithiasis
  • Vascular dementia
  • Whooping cough (pertussis)


It is clear from this list that acupuncture can affect any and all of the major functional, physiological and anatomical systems in the body, crossing the boundaries of the main orthodox medical specialist areas, so acupuncture is not just for pain relief!
Please feel free to contact us to discuss how acupuncture treatment may be able to help you.