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Healing Applications of Acupuncture

2004-07-14 09:21:53

 

  Acupuncture is best known for the control of pain. However, acupuncture can treat a wide variety of common and uncommon disorders. The following is a list of disorders that can be treated by acupuncture (World Health Organization data):
  
  Respiratory Acute Sinusitis
  Acute rhinitis
  Common cold
  Acute tonsillitis
  Acute bronchitis
  Bronchial asthma
  
  Eye Acute conjunctivitis (pinkeye)
  Nearsightedness (in children)
  Cataract (without complications)
  
  Mouth Toothache, post extraction pain
  Gingivitis (gum disease)
  Acute and chronic pharyngitis
  
  Gastrointestinal Disorders Hiccups
  Gastritis
  Gastric Hyperacidity
  Ulcers
  Colitis
  Constipation
  Diarrhea
  Paralytic ileus
  
  Neurological and Musculoskeletal Disorders Headache and migraine
  Trigeminal neuralgia
  Paralysis following stroke
  Meniere`s disease
  Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
  Nocturnal enuresis (bed wetting)
  Intercostal neuralgia (pain in the ribs)
  Cervicobrachial syndrome (pain radiating from neck to arm)
  Frozen shoulder or Tennis elbow
  Sciatica
  Low back pain
  Osteoarthritis
  
  In the United States, acupuncture is used frequently for the treatment of chronic pain conditions such as arthritis, bursitis, headache, athletic injuries, and posttraumatic and post surgical pain. It is also used for treating chronic pain associated with immune function dysfunction such as psoriasis (skin disorders), allergies, and asthma. Acupuncture is also found to be effective for the treatment of mind-body disorders such as anxiety, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, hypertension, insomnia, PMS, menopausal symptoms, and depression. Some modern application of acupuncture is in the treatment of disorders such as alcoholism, addiction, smoking, and eating disorders.
  
  


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