Acupuncture has been practiced for more than 2000 years. It uses the body's natural energy called Qi to stimulate a healing response. Qi flows through specific pathways called meridians that connect to the organs. Disease is created when this energy is not flowing properly. The Qi can be stuck, going in the wrong direction, deficient, or too strong. Many internal and external forces like diet, exercise, stress level, body posture, trauma, belief systems, and many others can affect the flow of the Qi.
Issues with the body's flow can cause pain, infertility, digestive disorders, migraines, psychological disorders, allergies, and other issues. Along these pathways are points where sterile, single-use acupuncture needles are gently inserted. These points have connections to the pathways that help adjust the Qi to its proper state. Once the Qi is flowing properly, health can be restored.
The diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials reported in the recent literature.
Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment:
Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
Dysentery, acute bacillary
Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
Induction of labour
Low back pain
Malposition of fetus, correction of
Nausea and vomiting
Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
Periarthritis of shoulder
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