Acupuncture is well-known for its effectiveness in treating conditions of chronic and acute pain, but many people don’t realize that the healing can go much deeper. Here are some internal conditions that have been commonly treated by Acupuncturists for centuries:
1. Respiratory Disorders: Acupuncture stimulates the healthy function of the Lungs to treat allergies, sinus infections, chronic lung diseases, and shortness of breath.
2. Digestion: Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs are effective to treat heart burn, nausea, constipation, weight gain, inflammatory bowel diseases, and more.
3. Heart Conditions: Acupuncture is proven to stimulate the circulatory system including regulating the blood vessels, lowering blood pressure, treating heart palpitations, and reducing risk factors for heart attack and stroke.
4. Mood Disorders: In Chinese Medicine, the emotions are not separate from the physical body. For centuries acupuncturists have studied the relationship between physical symptoms and emotional disorders, and the result is effective regulation of the emotions and treatment of anxiety, depression, irritability, and mood swings.
5. Nerve Damage: Acupuncture is neurological medicine, meaning that it works by stimulating the central and peripheral nervous systems. Therefore, it has a strong effect on nerves. Your acupuncturist can treat nerve injury, pinched nerves in the spine, sciatica, and numbness/tingling of the arms, hands, legs, or feet.
6. Diabetes: In some of the oldest texts of acupuncture dating from thousands of years ago, they refer to a disorder known as Xiao Ke, which translates to wasting and thirsting. It fits with the modern concept of Diabetes, and is treated with acupuncture points and herbs to nourish the yin function of the Lungs, Kidneys, and Stomach.
7. Skin Problems: The skin is the outer reflection of the internal state of the organs. Your acupuncturist examines the health of the Lungs, Intestines, and Stomach in order to treat acne, psoriasis, eczema, hives, itching, and other skin conditions.
Written by Lily House Gach, L.Ac.