Both acupuncture and moxibustion have been used for thousands of years, and along with herbal medicine have comprised a primary health system, so the range of conditions that may be treated is extensive. Although people commonly associate acupuncture with treatment for musculo-skeletal conditions, the fact is that acupuncture and moxibustion treatments have been used for many years to treat both chronic and acute presentations of internal medicine as well as musculo-skeletal problems. Pain and discomfort is usually the motivating force behind people seeking treatment and I find that acupuncture and moxibustion offer pain relief for many.
I'm on medications, is acupuncture safe? Yes, acupuncture can be used with most medications. It may even assist with management of your health, so co-management with your GP is possible.
Working within a wholistic framework, Chinese medicine treats patterns of disharmony, rather than specific disease names. However, for the sake of clarification, there are many conditions that have a solid base of research for acupuncture treatment. For those wishing to view conditions with clinical research evidence, you can follow the link to The Acupuncture Evidence Project
Several conditions that have been shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture are listed below. As acupuncture has such an extensive range of uses, please contact Elena on her mobile if you have a question about its use for a condition that is not listed here:
Low back pain
Cancer support: management of nausea, fatigue, and quality of life both during and post chemotherapy
Post operative pain
Post operative nausea and vomiting