What can acupuncture treat?
In a recent audit Jon recorded the most common reasons for people coming to him for acupuncture. Here they are:
But as acupuncture views health as more than just the absence of symptoms it would be better to ask the question; "how will acupuncture treat me?"
An acupuncturist takes the word balance very seriously. It is through the unique diagnostic methods that Traditional Acupuncture employs that a clear idea about the relative balance of the patient's body, mind and deeper emotional states can be reached.
It is the job then of the acupuncturist to invite a better state of balance with the use of acupuncture needles at certain points on the body depending on how the balance needs to be redressed.
This approach could be for a simple physical problem or something deeper that the patient themselves may not be able to fully describe. It can be used to deal with a long term complaint or something more acute.
In short the aim of Traditional Acupuncture is to treat the root of the problem and so restore a functional balance.
Research and Conditions
Treating the root is at the heart of City Spring Acupuncture. However, as modern research into this ancient system of medicine continues to accumulate the World Health Organisation has gathered a list of conditions that acupuncture could benefit.
Click to view what the World Health Organisation says about acupuncture and how it categorises its effectiveness or look at research papers provided by the British Acupuncture Council about speciific symptoms.
Many patients come to acupuncture with more than one set of symptoms or complaints. This complex picture often has unexplained symptoms within it.
Recent research in the UK regarding Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUPS) and acupuncture shows acupuncture treatment gives significant and sustained benefit for patients who frequently attend GP surgeries with medically unexplained physical symptoms.
(Acupuncture for Frequent Attenders with Medically Unexplained Symptoms: A Randomised Controlled Trial (CACTUS Study). British Journal of General Practice 2011 Jun:61(587)295-305)
This research was done using Five Element Acupuncture which is the style of acupuncture Jon practises.