What conditions can Acupuncture help with?
According to the WHO - World Health Organizations there many conditions acupuncture can help with:
Headache and migraine
Facial palsy (early stage, within three to six months)
Paresis following stroke
Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
Muscle pain, swelling, stiffness and weakness
Localized traumatic injuries, sprains, strains, tendonitis, contractures
Work and sports related injuries
Low back pain
“Frozen shoulder”, “tennis elbow”
Infertility (Not WHO recognized. Clinical experience proves effective.)
Benign irregular menstruation
Withdrawal from street and pharmacological drugs
Respiratory System Disorders
Disorders of the Eye, Ear, Nose & Mouth
Myopia (in children)
Cataract (without complications)
Toothaches, post extraction pain
Acute and chronic pharyngitis
Spasms of esophagus and cardia
Irritable bowel and colitis
Acute and chronic gastritis
Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
Acute duodenal ulcer (without complication)
Acute and chronic colitis
Acute bacillary dysentery
It's a long list!
My experience and opinion about what acupuncture can help with relates to my understanding of how acupuncture works.
Lets start by the difference between dry needling, which is a physiotherapy needling technique which uses local needling where the tight spot and area (muscles, joints, tendon) and acupuncture needling which is directed but the Traditional Chinese Medicine paradigm.
Dry needling is a simplified form of acupuncture that is practiced mostly by practitioners that are not Acupuncturists (Physiotherapists, Chiropractors), this form of needling utilizes local needle techniques to relax tight muscles, trigger points, reduce inflammation and increase blood flow to the area of symptoms; while this form of needle techniques might be effective for local pain and inflammation it does not utilize the theory of Chinese Medicine and its holistic approach to health.
When acupuncture is preformed by and acupuncturist ( That has usually studied a minimum of 2400 Hrs of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Theory and Practice) the symptoms are viewed withing the context of Traditional Chinese Medicine ( and it’s vast body of knowledge and clinical experience ).
in addition some acupuncturist may choose to use family styles of acupuncture that have been past for generations (in China, Vietnam, Hong-kong)... and some acupuncturists may use more modern styles of acupuncture that still work withing the holistic context and body of work of Chinese Medicine.
In his practice Nir combines the use of older acupuncture styles and newer ones, some styles work with the scientific concept of Neuropathic Pain which describes how Chronic Pain is actually maintained in the brain and spinal chord and therefore using local acupuncture techniques might be less effective than using distal needle techniques.
When receiving acupuncture by an acupuncturist there is a systemic response to the treatment; the whole body starts to normalize including the area where the symptoms are located, which leads to a sustainable reduction in symptoms. In my experience treating the whole body systemically while having the symptoms in mind gives a more lasting effect.
Acupuncture in general when practiced correctly, will create a better balance in the body and the mind of the patient, in Chinese medicine it is said that the emotions are in the root of the imbalance, so by regulating the Qi (life force) and correcting its flow in the body of the patient we are affecting the patient's brain an nervous system so the body can heal.
Clearing blockages to healing using German Auricular (Ear acupuncture)
Is the deepest way I have experienced in helping patients overcoming chronic illnesses and symptoms that are persisting in-spite of treatment.
Many times by clearing 'neurological holding patterns' or 'Focus' from the patient's nervous system and brain we can support the patient in healing to the best of its body's ability.