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Acupuncture

Acupressure

~ Acupuncture ~

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes a broad range of common conditions that can be treated using acupuncture. WHO’s recommendations are based on the results of controlled clinical trials on the efficacy of acupuncture for treating specific conditions, and is a helpful addition to the increasing body of research supporting the use of Traditional Chinese medicine.

The limitations of such trials are that individual factors and patient characteristics are de-emphasized, and individualized treatments are not possible (i.e. all high blood pressure subjects are treated with an identical acu-point prescription).

The strength of acupuncture as it is practiced is that treatments are individualized based on the unique signs and symptoms of each patient. For example, an obese patient with a slippery-slow pulse (and other symptoms) will be treated differently than a thin patient with a floating, rapid pulse (and other symptoms), even if they are both being treated for high blood pressure.

Therapeutic protocols based on the unique characteristics and symptoms of each patient are impossible to study using standardized Western-style trials (a weakness of conventional Western Medicine is that it is generally not individualized to the patient). Therefore, acupuncture patients most likely achieve even better results in an acupuncturist’s office than in clinical trials, as the treatments are individualized to their unique constitution.

 

Musculo-Skeletal/ Neurological
Acute & Chronic Pain Control
Back Pain
Bell’s Palsy
Bursitis
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cervical & Lumbar Spine Syndromes
Cervicobrachial Syndrome
Dental Pain
Facial Pain
Fractures
“Frozen Shoulder”
Gouty Arthritis
Headaches & Migraines
Herpes Zoster
Intercostal Neuralgia
Meniere’s Disease
Muscle Spasms, Tics, Tremors
Neuralgia
Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction
Nocturnal Enuresis
Osteoarthritis
Peripheral Neuropathies
Phantom Pain
Plantar Fascitis
Parkinson’s Disease
Post-Operative Pain
Post-Stroke Paresis
Radicular Pain
Reflex-Sympathetic Dystrophy
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Sciatica
Sprains & Contusions
Tendonitis
“Tennis” or “Golfer’s” Elbow
TMJ Syndrome
Trigeminal Neuralgia

Internal
Acid Reflux
Allergies
Asthma
Cancer Pain
Cholecystitis
Cholelithiasis
Colitis
Cough
Constipation
Diabetes
Diarrhea
Edema
Hemorrhoids
Hiccups
High Blood Pressure
Hyperlipemia
Hypoglycemia
Idiopathic Palpitations
Irritable Bowel
Raynaud’s Syndrome
Sinus Tachycardia
Thyroid Disorders
Ulcers

Dermatological/ Skin
Acne
Eczema
Pruritis (Itching)
Psoriasis
Urticaria

Infections
Acute Tonsillitis
Bronchitis
Colds, Flu
Hepatitis
Post-Viral Exhaustion/Sequelae
Rhinitis
Sinusitis
Sore Throat

Genito-Urinary/ Reproductive
Cystitis
Dysmennorhea
Genital Herpes
Habitual Miscarriage
Hot flushes
Hypoovarianism
Infertility
Impotence
Irregular or Heavy Periods
Labor Induction
Lactation Insufficient
Malpositioned Fetus
Mastitis
Menopause
Morning Sickness
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Pelvic or Genital Pain
PMS
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Prostatitis
Urolithiasis
Urinary Tract Infections
Vaginitis

Eyes/Ear/Nose/Throat
Cataracts
Conjunctivitis
Dizziness
Earache
Epistaxis (Nosebleed)
Eyesight Poor
Sjogren Syndrome
Stye
Tinnitus

Miscellaneous
Addiction
Anxiety
Athletic Performance
Chemotherapy/Radiotherapy Side Effects
Chronic Fatigue
Depression
Idiopathic Chest Pain
Immune System Tonification
Insomnia
Smoking Cessation
Stress Reduction
Tourette’s Syndrome
Weight Loss


See the WHO Website for more information.


~ Acupressure ~

Anxiety
Arthritis
Asthma
Back Pain
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Pain
Constipation
Depression
Digestive Disorders
Eyestrain
Fibromyalgia
Headaches and Migraines
Indigestion
Insomnia
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Jaw Problems (TMJ)
Joint Pain
Menopausal Symptoms
Menstrual Problems
Muscle Cramps and Spasms
Neck and Shoulder Tension
PMS
Poor Circulation
Poor Immunity
Poor Posture
Sciatica
Sinus Problems
Sports Injuries
Stress & Tension
Swelling and Water Retention
Whiplash Injuries

Some Benefits of Acupressure

Accelerates Recovery From Surgery
Adjunct to Chiropractic—Helps Spinal Adjustments Hold Longer
Adjunct to Psychotherapy—Eases Stuck Emotions
Alleviates Discomfort During Pregnancy
Balances Emotions
Balances Energy Levels
Balances Hormone Levels
Boosts Immunity
Enhances Mental Endurance and Work Performance
Promotes Deeper and Easier Breathing
Rejuvenates Mind, Body and Spirit
Rids Body of Metabolic Waste and Toxins
Satisfies Need For Caring, Nurturing Touch