Acupuncture and Complementary Medicine

By Heartspring Staff

Acupuncture #1. "Top 10 Recommendations For Complementary Medicine," by the Mayo Clinic.

Acupuncture, Herbs, and Lifestyle Affecting Fertility a naturopathic doctor describes how classical Chinese medicine includes the use of acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, and lifestyle changes.

Morphine Verses Acupuncture?

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According to the World Health OrganizationExit Site, acupuncture treatment of chronic pain is comparable to the effectiveness of morphineExit Site.

"Because of the side effects of long-term drug therapy for pain, and the risks of dependence, acupuncture can be regarded as the method of choice for treating many chronically painful conditions." Here's a list of health conditions considered to be affected by acupuncture treatments:

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy, chemotherapy
  • Allergic Rhinitis (Hay fever)
  • Biliary Colic
  • Depression (Depressive neurosis, Depression following stroke)
  • Dysentery, acute bacillary
  • Dysmenorrhoea, primary
  • Epigastralgia, acute (Peptic ulcer, acute and chronic Gastritis, Gastrospasm)
  • Facial Pain (Craniomandibular disorders)
  • Headache
  • Hypertension, essential
  • Hypotension, primary
  • Induction of Labour
  • Leukopenia
  • Knee Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Malposition of Fetus, correction
  • Morning Sickness
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Neck Pain
  • Pain in Dentistry (Dental pain, Temporomandibular Dysfunction)
  • Periarthritis of Shoulder
  • Postoperative Pain
  • Renal Colic
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis Elbow

For a complete list of health conditions affected, and not affected, by acupuncture treatments see:
Acupuncture:Exit Site A Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, by the World Health Organization.


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