Friday, April 28, 2006

What is acupuncture? What can it do?

Q: What’s acupuncture & how does it work to treat diseases?
A: Acupuncture is a natural holistic approach of healing. With insertion of sterilized disposable needles into the acupuncture points to balance the qi (energy). If qi is too much, stagnant or too little, it will cause diseas
es. The right manipulation techniques adjust the qi to its appropriate conditions and enhance our body‘s immune system.

Q: What diseases can be treated with acupuncture?
A: Acupuncture has been proved - through controlled trials - to be effective for(*1):
•Adverse reactions to radio and/or chemotherapy•Dysmenorrhoea•Headache•Hypertension(HBP)•
Hypotension(LBP)•Stroke•Luekopenia •Sciatica•Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA)•Low back pain•Allergic rhinitis•Depression•Biliary colic•Periarthritis of shoulder•Neck pain•Nausea & Vomiting•Knee pain•Neck pain•Tennis elbow•Renal colic•Facial pain and etc.

Diseases for which therapeutic effect has been shown(*1): •Abdominal pain•Bronchial asthma•Cancer pain•Diabetes mellitus(NID)•Cholelithiasis•Facial spasm•Insomnia•Female infertility•Obesity•Herpes zoster•Hyperlipaemia•Chronic cholecystitis•Male sexual dysfunction•Meniere disease•Osteoarthritis•Polycystic ovary syndrome•Premenstrual syndrome•Neurodermatitis•Chronic ulcerative colitis•Alcohol, tobacco, opium, cocaine & heroine dependence•Sore throat•Tonsillitis•Raynaud syndrome•Female urethral syndrome•Schizophrenia•Gouty arthritis•Chronic prostatitis and etc.

Q: Is acupuncture safe?
A: Acupuncture has no side effects. There is minimal risk of organ penetration. The locations, angles as well as depth of insertions are closely observed to avoid injuries. Proper sterilization and disposable needles are used.

(*1): “Acupuncture: review and analysis of reports on controlled clinical trials”, WHO (World Health Organization) research paper. Geneva 2002. ISBN 92 4 154543 7 (NLM classification: WB 369)


Anonymous said...

The 43 diseases recognised by WHO to be treatable by acupuncture was first published in 1976. WHO hasn't reviewed any new diseases recognized.

As far as I know, acupuncture and moxibustion are used very widely because Chinese medicine sees diseases from many perspectives and they use many different yet complimentary theories to diagnose and treat patients.

Anonymous said...

The issue of acupuncture being recognised by effectiveness of different diseases is a complicated one. So far only 43 are regconized; that doesn't mean some other diseases not listed aren't treatable by acupuncture. It takes lots of human resources and time to scientifically recognize something.

I agree with you that Chinese medicine sees things from many perspectives. And many different yet complimentary theories come in for a better and more complate overall picture when it comes to understanding the nature of diseases.

John Lew