Traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation. This means it can treat a range of conditions.
What conditions can acupuncture treat?
- The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) has a series of fact sheets. These summarise research on a variety of conditions that acupuncture can help with.
- The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) provides guidance and advice on improving health and social care. NICE recommends acupuncture for the treatment of tension headaches.
- The World Health Organisation (WHO) produced a report listing a wide variety of diseases and disorders that acupuncture can treat.
If you have been given a western medical diagnosis and would like to be treated with acupuncture further questioning is still required. This is because in Chinese Medicine there will be a differential diagnosis. This means similar symptoms do not always arise from the same cause, for example for one person’s headaches or IBS may differ from another’s and therefore the treatment given will be tailored to the individual.