Diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture

(Published by World Health Organization)

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The diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials reported in the recent literature can be classified into four categories as shown below.

  1. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved— through controlled trials—to be an effective treatment:

Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)

Biliary colic

Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)

Dysentery, acute bacillary Dysmenorrhoea, primary

Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)

Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders) Headache

Hypertension, essential Hypotension, primary Induction of labour Knee pain

Leukopenia Low back pain

Malposition of fetus, correction of Morning sickness

Nausea and vomiting Neck pain

Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)

Periarthritis of shoulder Postoperative pain Renal colic Rheumatoid arthritis

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Sciatica

Sprain

Stroke

Tennis elbow

2. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed:

Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm) Acne vulgaris

Alcohol dependence and detoxification Bell’s palsy

Bronchial asthma Cancer pain Cardiac neurosis

Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation Cholelithiasis

Competition stress syndrome Craniocerebral injury, closed

Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent Earache

Epidemic haemorrhagic fever

Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease) Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection

Female infertility Facial spasm

Female urethral syndrome Fibromyalgia and fasciitis Gastrokinetic disturbance Gouty arthritis

Hepatitis B virus carrier status

Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3) Hyperlipaemia

Hypo-ovarianism Insomnia Labour pain

Lactation, deficiency

Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic Ménière disease

3.Disease and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture

Neuralgia, post-herpetic

Neurodermatitis

Obesity

Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence

Osteoarthritis

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

Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome

Raynaud syndrome, primary

Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy

Retention of urine, traumatic

Schizophrenia

Sialism, drug-induced

Sjögren syndrome

Sore throat (including tonsillitis)

Spine pain, acute

Stiff neck

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction

Tietze syndrome

Tobacco dependence

Tourette syndrome

Ulcerative colitis, chronic

Urolithiasis

Vascular dementia

Whooping cough (pertussis)

4. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which there are only individual controlled trials reporting some therapeutic effects, but for which acupuncture is worth trying because treatment by conventional and other therapies is difficult:

Chloasma

Choroidopathy, central serous

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Colour blindness

Deafness

Hypophrenia

Irritable colon syndrome

Neuropathic bladder in spinal cord injury

Pulmonary heart disease, chronic

Small airway obstruction

5. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture may be tried provided the practitioner has special modern medical knowledge and adequate monitoring equipment:

Breathlessness in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Coma

Convulsions in infants

Coronary heart disease (angina pectoris)

Diarrhoea in infants and young children

Encephalitis, viral, in children, late stage

Paralysis, progressive bulbar and pseudobulbar

6. Diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture

The diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials reported in the recent literature can be classified into four categories as shown below.

 

Cupping

Cupping is a technique that is especially useful in the treatment of problems of local Qi, or Blood stagnation in the channels. It can also be very helpful in expelling the external pathogenic factor of Wind-Cold that can invade the Lungs. Cupping is an ancient technique that is still used by modern practitioners. This form of treatment is usually performed as an alternative to acupuncture: the cups are placed over acupuncture points but they treat a larger area of the body.

Cupping Functions:

Moves Blood & Qi and breaks up obstructions

Detoxifies

Relieves Acute or Chronic Pain

Expels External Pathogens

Releases fascia, helps lymphatic drainage, and improves circulation.

Indications:

Cupping therapy can help many conditions. Here are the most common ones:

Headaches, muscle tension and stiffness, arthritis, sports injuries, fibromyalgia, and dysmenorrhea. Common cold, asthma, bronchitis, and allergies. Insomnia, stress and long standing emotional trauma.

Pollen Allergies

  1. What Is a Pollen Allergy?

Pollen is one of the most common causes of allergies in the UK. Pollen is a very fine powder produced by trees, flowers, grasses, and weeds in order to fertilize other plants of the same species. Many people have an adverse immune response when they breathe in pollen.

  1. What Are the Symptoms of a Pollen Allergy?

If you have a pollen allergy and breathe in pollen-heavy air, you may experience symptoms such as:

Sneezing

Nasal congestion

Runny nose

Watery eyes

Itchy throat and eyes

Wheezing

  1. How does TCM thinks Pollen Allergies?

Firstly, TCM thinks the symptoms of Pollen Allergy, such as the Itchy eyes, and throat, is characterized of wind pathogenic.

Secondly, these people also have others problems, for example, Lower back ache, or dull pain, dry skin, muscle stiffness, tension, sexual dysfunction, vaginal dryness, prostatic fluid reduction, some people will have abdominal distension, and so on.

Third, pulse diagnosis, Guan of Right wrist should be weak pulse, Guan and Chi of left wrist should be weak pulse, these mean, Liver-kidney yin Deficiency, spleen deficiency, insufficiency of kidney Essence, or kidney yin deficiency.

How to take herbal remedy

The herbal powder in the paper bags consists of a selection of herbs prescribed to revive your body’s natural capabilities to take care of itself. They remove toxins, restore your body’s natural balance, improve circulation, strengthen organ functions and gives rise to other beneficial effects.

 

  1. Each bag contains two doses or servings;
  2. pour contents of one bag into a mug or cup;
  3. add boiling water;
  4. stir slowly to dissolve completely;
  5. pour roughly half into another cup to drink, preferably after dinner;
  6. keep the other half overnight;
  7. warm up the remaining half and drink, preferably, after breakfast;
  8. pour contents of second bag into mug or cup the following evening;
  9. repeat above process for the next 6 days.

 

Notes:

 

Herbs are vegetation effective in restoring health. Some herbs rid the body of toxins and may be bitter; most people find herbs an acquired taste.