What does acupuncture help treat?

Acupuncture can help manage pain. It can also help treat soft-tissue injuries, either acute injuries, like a pulled muscle in the back, or chronic injuries. For example, a college basketball player might have a creaky old shoulder that needs to be fixed. Acupuncture provides a little bit more stimulation than maybe a massage, and it’s a good place to go if a person is not ready for surgery. Acupuncture is that grey area in between.

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Acupuncture is used to treat a variety of conditions ranging from stress/anxiety to pain to disease. The following is a list of common conditions for which acupuncture has been proven effective in clinical studies, according to the World Health Organization (WHO):

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Allergies
  • Blood pressure problems
  • Breech position in pregnancy
  • Depression
  • Facial pain
  • Headache
  • Induction of labor
  • Knee pain
  • Low back pain
  • Menstrual pain
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Pain in dentistry
  • Postoperative pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder

The WHO also recognizes other conditions for which acupuncture has shown efficacy but further research is necessary.

Dr. Andrea Pennington, MD
Integrative Medicine Specialist

Watch as Dr. Andrea Pennington discusses which conditions are best treated with acupuncture.

Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including PMS and infertility.

Dr. Kathleen Hall
Preventive Medicine Specialist

Acupuncture is an ancient science that today is used as an accepted and legitimate treatment for many conditions. A large body of research is being done by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on acupuncture, and they have found clear evidence that acupuncture helps relieve some pain. They now state that acupuncture is an acceptable alternative or adjunct to conventional medical therapy for many conditions. The NIH had also revealed there is considerable evidence that acupuncture causes the release of endorphins—natural pain relieving substances—and now acupuncture is offered in many pain clinics. Research shows acupuncture had been used effectively in the treatment of addictions, depression, nausea due to pregnancy and chemotherapy, asthma and infertility.

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