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What Can Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Treat?

Chinese HerbsChinese medicine is a system which can affect your health in the following ways:

  • promotion of health and well being,
  • prevention of illness
  • treatment of various conditions

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be effective as sole treatment methods, or as a support or adjunct to western medical treatments for many illnesses.  The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:

  • Digestive disorders: gastritis and spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea. 
  • Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections, 
  • Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis.
  • Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems.

National Institute of Health (NIH) has concluded that acupuncture eases certain pain disorders and nauseous.

In addition to the above conditions, acupuncture is very helpful to address emotion and stress related conditions. More studies have shown that acupuncture can regulate the body’s immune system.

Chinese herbal medicine is more widely practiced than acupuncture in China and other Asian countries. Chinese herbs can address a broad variety of conditions than acupuncture. In some cases, Chinese herbs are more effective than acupuncture, such as hypertension (high blood pressure), hypercholesterolemia (high blood cholesterol), diabetes, arthritis. Chinese herbal medicine has shown impressive result in treating these health problems.

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