Every human being is different. The way one person's condition affects them presents differently when the same condition affects someone else. For example, if you were to have a headache, I may have one too, but the location, severity, and cause can be completely different. Such differences dictate the course of treatment. There is no one size fits all to my approach to therapy. Through differential diagnosis every individual is assessed to determine their correct individual treatment plan. My goal is to harmonize the body in a holistic effort to better achieve a sense of balance and wellbeing that carries with you throughout the day into the next.
Beyond my bias as an acupuncturist delineating the efficacy of acupuncture, leading governing bodies have concluded that acupuncture can help in treating patients with a wide range of ailments. The National Institute of Health came to the consensus that "...acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or (as) an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program." The World Health Organization concluded through various controlled trials that acupuncture can be used to effectively treat certain disease and conditions.
According to the World Health Organization:
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 colicDepression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)Dysentery, acute bacillaryDysmenorrhoea, primaryEpigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)HeadacheHypertension, essentialHypotension, primaryInduction of labourKnee painLeukopeniaLow back painMalposition of fetus, correction ofMorning sicknessNausea and vomitingNeck painPain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)Periarthritis of shoulderPostoperative painRenal colicRheumatoid arthritisSciaticaSprainStroke
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 vulgarisAlcohol dependence and detoxificationBell’s palsyBronchial asthmaCancer painCardiac neurosisCholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbationCholelithiasisCompetition stress syndromeCraniocerebral injury, closedDiabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependentEaracheEpidemic hemorrhagic feverEpistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)Eye pain due to subconjunctival injectionFemale infertilityFacial spasmFemale urethral syndromeFibromyalgia and fasciitisGastrokinetic disturbanceGouty arthritisHepatitis B virus carrier statusHerpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)HyperlipaemiaHypo-ovarianismInsomniaLabour painLactation, deficiencyMale sexual dysfunction, non-organicMénière diseaseNeuralgia, postherpeticNeurodermatitisObesityOpium, cocaine and heroin dependenceOsteoarthritisPain in thromboangiitis obliteransPolycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome)Postextubation in childrenPostoperative convalescencePremenstrual syndromeProstatitis, chronicPruritusRadicular and pseudoradicular pain syndromeRaynaud syndrome, primaryRecurrent lower urinary-tract infectionReflex sympathetic dystrophyRetention of urine, traumaticSchizophreniaSjögren syndromeSore throat (including tonsillitis)Spine pain, acuteStiff neckTemporomandibular joint dysfunctionTietze syndromeTobacco dependenceTourette syndromeUlcerative colitis, chronicUrolithiasisVascular dementiaWhooping cough (pertussis)
3. 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:
ChloasmaChoroidopathy, central serousDeafnessHypophreniaIrritable colon syndromeNeuropathic bladder in spinal cord injuryPulmonary heart disease, chronicAsthma
4. 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 diseaseComaConvulsions in infantsCoronary heart disease (angina pectoris)Diarrhea in infants and young childrenEncephalitis, viral, in children, late stageParalysis, progressive bulbar and pseudobulbar
NIH Consensus Conference. Acupuncture. JAMA 1998; 280:1518–1524.
World Health Organization. Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2003.