Naturopathic acupuncture is part of a system of healing that has been practiced in China and other East Asian countries for over 2500 years. Although often described as a means of pain relief, it is in fact used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. In fact, the World Health Organization has cited the effectiveness of acupuncture for over 43 conditions (eg: digestive, respiratory, musculo-skeletal, neurological and reproductive). Chinese medicine is a comprehensive system for the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic disorders. Its focus is on improving the overall well being of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms.
By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body’s own healing response and help restore its natural balance. These include emotional states such as anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief, poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections, poisons and trauma. The principal aim of acupuncture in treating the whole person is to recover the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual.
What illnesses/ailments can acupuncture help treat?
Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms, skin conditions, ulcers, etc.
Acupuncture is a safe treatment for all, although for babies and children, pressure rather than needles may be used. These might include addictions, anxiety states, arthritis, asthma, back pain, circulatory problems, depression, facial paralysis, fibromyalgia, headache, high blood pressure, indeterminate aches and pains, infertility, menstrual problems, migraines, rheumatism, or other conditions. Sciatica Acupuncture has proved to be effective in pregnancy management and for the relief of pain in childbirth. It is also helpful for people trying to overcome addictions such as those related to smoking, alcohol, food or drugs. Some people may have acupuncture as a preventive measure to strengthen their constitution. It can also be used alongside conventional medicine in the treatment of both acute and chronic disease. As with any therapy, the response to acupuncture can differ from one person to another.