Listed below are some common diseases that respond positively to acupuncture. This list contains both chronic and acute problems.
Acute problems will require fewer number of visits/treatments, since the response is usually rapid and effective. Chronic, long standing and complex problems respond more slowly and will require more acupuncture treatments.
Acupuncture can be considered as an adjunct to conventional treatment. It is non invasive and may sometimes be an alternative to surgery. Acupuncture can be used to strengthen or tone an area/region or organ. It can be used to sedate an area or function (eg an anti-inflammatory effect).
Acupuncture is useful in the management of pain. It is also used in functional disorders where a cause may be imprecise or unknown, eg chronic lower back pain. Acupuncture can be utilised where the patient is geriatric or weakened and less tolerant of drug therapy.
The general aim and effect of acupuncture is to induce homeostasis, ie. regain a normal physiological state. In Traditional Chinese Medicine this is known as the balancing of energies, ie. Yin and Yang are in harmony.
Disease problems that may respond to acupuncture therapy include the following: