Common conditions treated with acupuncture:

Acupuncture is effective for many disorders including: neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, wrist pain, mild anxiety, mild depression, fatigue, auto-immune disease, hormone balancing and fertility.  Acupuncture decreases pain, relaxes muscles, improves circulation, decreases anxiety and generally has a normalizing effect on hormones and the nervous system.  I will use low level laser or acupressure for needle-phobic patients and for areas less amenable to needling.

I use a Japanese blind-practitioner style of acupuncture where I feel for points with my hands rather than estimating the point from visually measuring using the Chinese cun system from anatomical landmarks.  It was the Japanese acupuncture system that pioneered the use of much smaller needles using tubes for more gentle and accurate insertion.  Additionally, I use Japanese style dianosis, which includes hara (abdominal) diagnosis.


Below is a list from the World Health Organization.  I present this list for your information, but I would not attempt to use acupuncture or even acupuncture combined with conventional or other methods to treat some things on the list.  An single asterix ** is placed next to condtions that I may use acupuncture.

The following is a list of Conditions Recommended for Acupuncture by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.)
Respiratory Diseases

  • Acute sinusitis **
  • Acute rhinitis **
  • Common cold
  • Acute tonsillitis

Bronchopulmonary Diseases

  • Acute bronchitis **
  • Bronchial asthma

Eye Disorders

  • Acute conjuctivitis
  • Cataract (without complications)
  • Myopia
  • Central retinitis

Disorders of the Mouth Cavity

  • Toothache **
  • Pain after tooth extraction **
  • Gingivitis
  • Pharyngitis **

Orthopedic Disorders

  • Periarthritis humeroscapularis**
  • Tennis elbow **
  • Sciatica. **
  • Low back pain **
  • Rheumatoid arthritis **

Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Spasm of the esophagus and cardia
  • Hiccups
  • Gastroptosis
  • Acute and chronic gastritis**
  • Gastric hyperacidity
  • Chronic duodenal ulcer
  • Acute and chronic colitis**
  • Acute bacterial dysentery
  • Constipation**
  • Diarrhea
  • Paralytic ileus

Neurologic Disorders

  • Headache **
  • Migraine **
  • Trigeminal neuralgia **
  • Facial paralysis **
  • Paralysis after apoplectic fit
  • Peripheral neuropathy **
  • Paralysis caused by poliomyelitis
  • Meniere’s syndrome **
  • Neurogenic bladder dysfunction **
  • Nocturnal enuresis
  • Intercostal neuralgia **