World Health Organization of the United Nations
list of conditions treatable by Acupuncture:
Colds and flu
High Blood Pressure
Eyes - Ears - Nose - Throat
Ringing in the Ears
Muscu-Skeletal and Neurologic
Genito-Urinary and Reproductive
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Irregular Period or Cramps
Mental - Emotional
Qi, which can be thought of as energy, courses through channels in the body much like streams and rivers flow across the surface of the earth. The acupuncture points are located in small depressions in the skin called “gates” where the energy channels come closest to the surface. With the insertion of acupuncture needles, the gates of the body are opened and closed to adjust circulation in the channels, to expel noxious influences and to build up energy stores.
The insertion of thin, solid, sterile needles goes unnoticed by some while to others it feels like a small pinch followed by a sensation of tingling, numbness, ache, traveling warmth or heaviness. Occasionally, people will feel Qi moving in an area distant to the point of insertion. The needles remain in place for twenty to forty minutes. Relaxation and an elevation of spirits usually accompany the treatment. Oftentimes patients feel more energetic in the days that follow the treatment. Because acupuncture reverberates in the body and spirit, it can be a catalyst for subtle yet far-reaching change.
WHAT ACUPUNTURE CAN TREAT
It is true that acupuncture and herbs can treat disorders of Qi, Blood, spirit and disturbances in the channels—but this does not correspond to the Western vocabulary of conditions and disease. These two systems describe health and wellness in different terms although the experience and the conditions are the same. To help bridge the communication between these ways of looking at health, disease and harmony, the World Health Organization of the United Nations has listed the following conditions as treatable by acupuncture. It is always helpful to speak with an acupuncturist regarding any condition and it’s ability to be helped with Chinese Medicine.