Intrigued individal:"What does Acupuncture treat?"
Myself: "Where should I even begin..."
Let's start with the idea that this is where Traditional Chinese Medicine theory differs from the Western Medical frame of thought. In Western Medicine, you are treated for and as the disease you present. The theory behind Chinese Medicine however, teaches that your disease is only the physical manifestation of a deeper rooted issue within you - your disease is a product of your personal constitutional imbalance, not the other way around. That is why we as acupuncturist diagnose and treat you for your "imbalance" and not just your "disease."
Addictions - Nicotine/smoke Cessation, Alcohol and Drugs
Chronic and Acute Pain - Injuries, Headaches, Neck and Back pain, Tendonitis, Sciatica, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Traumatic Injuries
Digestive Disorders - Irritable bowel, Constipation, Diarrhea, Gastritis, Heartburn, Food allergies, Ulcers
Eye and Ear Disorders - Tinnitus, Meniere's disease, Blurred vision, Floaters, Dry/red eyes
Mental Health - Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia
Neurological Disorders - Post-stroke recover, Bell's Palsy & Trigeminal Neuralgia, Movement Disorders
Upper Respiratory Disorders - Asthma, Allergies, Bronchitis, Sinusitis, Sore Throat, Laryngitis, Colds & Flu, Strep-throat
Urinary and Reproductive Disorders - Cystitis, Menstrual Cramps, Irregular or Heavy Periods, Infertility, Menopausal Symptoms, Uterine Fibroids
*** Keep in mind that if what you are experiencing is not mentioned in the lists above, it does not mean you should write off trying acupuncture. Like I stated earlier, we are trained to treat you for you, not just you for your disease.
Here is a list of issues people have reported success with [when asked "What does Acupuncture treat"] that is not included in the WHO & NIH lists:
Gastrointestinal: Nausea, Vomiting, Indigestion, Diarrhea, Constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Abdominal Bloating, Hemorrhoids
Gynecological: Endometriosis, Fibroids, Morning sickness, Plycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS or PCOD)
Immune disorders: Candida, Chronic fatigue, HIV and AIDS side effects, Allergies, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis
Pediatrics: Asthma, Cough, Common Cold or Flu, Digestive Problems, Behavioral Problems, Ear Infections, Sleep Problems
Preventative Health: Prevention, Stress Management, Well-being
Urogenital: Stress incontinence, Acute/chronic UTI, Kidney stones, Impotence, Sexual dysfunction