One of the most commonly asked questions we get when educating about acupuncture is, "What Can It Treat?" This is not always an easy question to answer because in theory acupuncture can help most anything since it has an overall balancing, pain relieving, calming and anti-inflammatory effect on the entire body. But, of course we do see many different conditions at the clinic and have success in seeing certain conditions in particular. So below is our top 10 list for conditions we treat successfully here at Open Circle Acupuncture! Hope you enjoy it and please as always reach out to us if you have questions or would like more information!
The World Health Organization released a report, Acupuncture: Review of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, which endorses the use of acupuncture for over 200 symptoms and diseases (low back pain, headache, nausea/vomiting, allergic rhinitis, depression/anxiety, side effects of chemotherapy and induction of labor to name a few) and the US National Institutes of Health issued a consensus statement proposing acupuncture as a therapeutic intervention for complementary medicine. Below are the top 10 conditions we see and treat with a high level of success in our clinic.
A 2012 meta-analysis combining data from roughly 18,000 individual patients in 23 high-quality randomized controlled trials of acupuncture for common pain conditions conclusively demonstrated that acupuncture is superior to sham for low back pain, headache, and osteoarthritis, and improvements seen were similar to that of other widely used non-opiate pain relievers.
Melissa is a self described 'nerd' about all topics relating to health and wellness. She is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and co-owner of Open Circle Acupuncture & Healing.