Published on 23 May 2021
The Scope of Acupuncture
Acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine, are popular therapies in China. The Chinese state health system provides hospitals and clinics where traditional Chinese medicine is used alongside ‘modern’ medicine. Patients can choose which treatment they wish to receive.
There is good and reliable evidence for acupuncture's effectiveness in treating painful conditions. There is conflicting evidence for it's effectiveness in other conditions and many in the medical profession are sceptical of it's value.
Acupuncture is routinely used in traditional Chinese medicine hospitals and clinics in the Peoples' Republic of China for the following conditions:
- many painful conditions, including arthritis, rheumatism, back and neck pain, headaches, migraines, dental pain, shingles and repetitive strain injury;
- menstrual disorders, menopausal problems;
- infertility, and as an adjunct to fertility treatment;
- low energy, including post-viral fatigue syndrome;
- insomnia, depression and anxiety;
- hay fever and other allergies;
- coughs, colds, influenza, bronchitis and asthma;
- digestive problems, including constipation and diarrhoea, and IBS;
- skin complaints, such as acne, psoriasis and eczema;
- acupuncture is also used to help to prevent illness reoccurring and promote good health.
Diet, exercise therapy and life-style advice usually form part of the treatment.
Acupuncture treatment should not be seen as a substitute for consulting your doctor about a medical condition about which you are concerned. Most patients have seen a doctor before seeking help from an acupuncturist as a last resort. If you have not already done so, I may ask you to consult your GP before commencing treatment.