Though today we know this list to be more extensive, in 1979 the World Health Organization (WHO) published the following list of common conditions proven to respond to TCM Acupuncture:


Mental-Emotional:

Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Insomnia


Upper Respiratory Tract:

Acute sinusitis, Acute rhinitis, Common Cold, Acute Tonsillitis,

Respiratory System, Acute bronchitis, Bronchial asthma (most effective in children and in patients without complicating diseases)


Disorders of the eye:

Acute conjunctivitis, Central retinitis, Myopia (in children), Cataract (without complications)


Disorders of the mouth:

Toothache, post-extraction pain, Gingivitis, Acute and chronic pharyngitis


Gastrointestinal disorders:

Spasms of the esophagus and cardia, Hiccough, Gastroptosis


Acute and chronic gastritis:

Gastric hyperacidity, Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief), Acute duodenal ulcer (without complications), Acute and chronic colitis, Acute bacillary dysentery, Constipation, Diarrhea

Paralytic ileus


Neurological and Musculoskeletal Disorders:

Headache and migraine, Trigeminal neuralgia (TMJ), Facial palsy (early stage, i.e. within six months),

Pareses following a stroke, Peripheral neuropathies, Sequelae of poliomyelitis (early sage i.e. within six months),

Meniere’s disease, Neurogenic bladder dysfunction, Nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting), Intercostal neuralgia, Cervicobrachial syndrome

“Frozen shoulder”, “Tennis elbow”, Sciatica, Low-back pain, Osteoarthritis


Today’s science shows Acupuncture can also be used effectively in:

Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and chemotherapy

Allergies

Blood pressure problems

Infertility

Sexual dysfunction (low libido, erectile dysfunction)

Breech position in pregnancy

Induction of labour

Rheumatoid arthritis




1. Musculoskeletal pain relief

Acupuncture can treat all types of musculoskeletal pain. It has been known as an effective method of relieving chronic back, neck, or knee pain. Acupuncture can also calm a spastic or painful muscle in those who have experienced trauma to the muscle. People with joint pain, like those with arthritis, may also benefit from acupuncture because it can help to reduce inflammation and restore natural function to the joints. It may also be helpful in treating sciatica and tendonitis.

2. Treats hormone imbalance

Acupuncture can treat some conditions related to hormone imbalance. It is probably best known for managing fertility and menstrual problems in women with hormone imbalances. Acupuncture can help to decrease or relieve symptoms of the premenstrual syndrome including pain, tenderness, acne, cramping, appetite changes, and sleep changes among others. It can help women with fertility problems by regulating their cycles, restoring ovulation, and creating an ideal environment for implantation. Women going through menopause can also benefit from acupuncture to restore hormone balance and prevent uncomfortable symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, and sleep problems. Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide variety of endocrine problems including adrenal problems, thyroid problems, and others.

3. Acupuncture for anxiety and depression and other mood disorders

Acupuncture may be just as effective—and safer—than antidepressants for treating depression. Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders. The medications used to treat depression are often accompanied by unwanted side effects that can impact a patient’s daily life. Acupuncture is a safe method for treating depression, and it does not have any known side effects— like sexual dysfunction, which is often experienced in people taking antidepressants. Also, there are many studies which report positive findings for acupuncture in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder, anxiety neurosis, and other anxiety disorders including panic disorders, phobias, and PTSD. It can also treat other mood disorders including bipolar disorder and other manic disorders. It has been shown to decrease the severity of mood swings associated with hormone changes or otherwise.

4. Treats sleep disorders

Research shows that acupuncture can have up to 90 percent success rate at treating sleep disorders, like insomnia. Chinese medicine aims to treat insomnia first by understanding what type of insomnia a person is suffering from. They group insomnia into the following types:

  • Difficulty falling asleep— or sleep onset

  • Waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to go back to sleep

  • Waking up very early in the morning and not being able to go back to sleep— terminal or late insomnia

  • Sleep with vivid and disruptive dreaming

  • Inability to sleep in general

An acupuncturist will treat you based on your specific case, and which type of insomnia you have. Other sleep disorders that may be treated using acupuncture include:

  • Snoring

  • Sleep apnea

  • Restless leg syndrome


5. Relieves nausea

Acupuncture has been shown effective in relieving nausea related to chemotherapy treatment, motion sickness, morning sickness in pregnant women, or postoperative nausea. Acupuncture points for treating nausea are around the wrist and the forearm. Anti-nausea wristbands are also on the market to treat nausea by providing acupressure to these acupoints. The safety of this treatment makes it available to people with compromised immune systems and pregnant women. It has also been proven as an effective cure for nausea in many studies.


6. Treats headaches and migraines

If you suffer from tension headaches, cluster headaches, migraines, or any other type of headache disorder, you may benefit from treatment with acupuncture. In one study, patients with chronic headaches experienced the equivalent of 22 fewer days of headache per year with acupuncture. They also used 15 percent less medication and made 25 percent fewer visits to the doctor.


7. Improves allergy symptoms

Rather than turning to antihistamines and other allergy symptom-relieving medication, people are turning to acupuncture. In one study, 52 patients with allergic rhinitis had acupuncture once a week for six weeks. An improvement was noted in 85% of the active treatment group when compared with a 40% improvement in the control group.

8. Pregnancy, labour, and postpartum health

Acupuncture can treat all kinds of ailments related to pregnancy, labour, and the postpartum term. Acupuncture can treat back pain, sciatica, and other musculoskeletal pains related to pregnancy. It can also help with treating morning sickness. When a woman is at her full term, acupuncture can help prepare the body for and to induce labour. After giving birth, many women experience postpartum blues and postpartum depression. Acupuncture is a safe and effective method for treating mood disorders related to giving birth.

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Article from https://facty.com/

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Natto For the Fall


Natto is great for people with dry mouth and no appetite to eat, constipation, headache, cough, sore throat, or sinus in this season

In TCM, it is good for reducing the heat in the fall from the summer heat, and detoxifying.

Eating more fermented, and sour food is good for now, closing the pores of the skin and preparing for the cold of winter. Reduced the risk of catching the wind/cold, then getting sick.

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