Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an ancient form of healthcare that has been practiced throughout the Asian world for 5000 years. Historically and up until this very day, Chinese medicine is perhaps the most widely used form of medicine throughout the world, as billions of people have used it as their primary form of care.
TCM incorporates the use of:
- Traditional Chinese Diagnosis
- Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture
- Lifestyle & Diet Therapies
The most common use of acupuncture in North America is for pain-relief or healing injuries. Acupuncture helps promote the body’s natural healing mechanisms and studies show it is effective for reducing pain plus a number of other health concerns.
Case-controlled clinical studies have shown that acupuncture has been an effective treatment for the following diseases, symptoms or conditions:
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Biliary colic (abdominal pain from gallstones)
Dysentery (intestinal infection)
Dysmenorrhoea (menstrual pain/cramping)
Upper GI pain including peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis
Facial pain (including TMJ disorders)
Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Hypotension (low blood pressure)
Induction of labor
Leukopenia (low white blood cell count)
Low back pain
Malposition of fetus, correction (i.e. breech, etc)
Nausea and vomiting
Periarthritis of shoulder (limited range of motion and inflammatory issues, such as ‘frozen shoulder’)
Renal colic (abdominal pain from kidney stones)
(this is not an exhaustive list)
As you can see, there certainly are a number of pain syndromes that have been deemed by medical research to be effectively treated with acupuncture, but a variety of non-pain conditions as well. Here is a summary document of accumulated evidence for Acupuncture: Acupuncture Evidence Project.
Please note: I am both a registered naturopathic doctor and a registered acupuncturist in Ontario.