Conditions Treated

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have been used for thousands of years as the main form of medicine in China, Japan, and other East Asian countries. They have also been used in the United States since the first Chinese immigrants arrived to work the railroads in the 19th century.

Acupuncture is excellent at treating conditions in the following four broad categories:

  • Pain
  • Musculo-skeletal issues
  • Emotional issues
  • Internal medicine

Pain

  • Headaches:
    tension, migraine, premenstrual, stress, anger-related, fatigue induced
  • Menstrual cycle related:
    breast pain, ovulatory pain, low back pain, painful menses (dysmenorrhea)
  • Systemic pain:
    fibromyalgia, arthritis, joint aching, phantom pain
  • Trunk pain:
    chest pain, side pain, upper and lower abdominal pain
  • Low back pain:
    acute strain, chronic pain, premenstrual, trauma induced
  • Musculo-skeletal pain:
    see below

Musculo-skeletal Issues

  • Neck:
    stiff neck, whiplash, facet joint impingement, degenerative joint or disc disease, muscle tension headache
  • Shoulders and upper back:
    impingement syndrome, frozen shoulder, bursitis, tendinitis, sub-scapular pain
  • Elbows, wrists, and hands:
    lateral and medial epicondylitis (tennis elbow, thrower’s elbow), carpal tunnel syndrome, De Quervain’s syndrome, numbness
  • Lower back and hips:
    chronic low back pain, muscle strain, facet joint irritation, sacroiliac joint pain, disc degeneration or herniation, sciatica, hip flexor strain, bursitis
  • Knees and lower leg:
    IT band friction syndrome, meniscus injury, MCL or LCL injury, shin splints
  • Ankles and feet:
    Achilles tendinitis, ankle sprains, Morton’s neuroma, plantar fasciitis
  • Miscellaneous:
    post-fracture therapy, post-dislocation therapy, post-surgical therapy, generalized muscle or tendon pain or strain, generalized joint pain or sprain

Emotional Issues

  • Emotional imbalances:
    stress, grief, frequent sorrow, irritability, vexation, agitation, anger, fear, fright, spiritless-ness
  • Sleeping issues:
    insomnia, poor sleep, profuse or oppressive dreams
  • Anxiety issues:
    panic attacks, generalized anxiety, phobias, PTSD
  • Cognitive issues:
    poor memory, amnesia, delirium, dementia
  • Mood issues:
    depression, bipolar disorders
  • Childhood issues:
    learning difficulty, motor skills difficulty, communication difficulty, attention deficit disorders (ADD, ADHD)
  • Addictive behaviors:
    eating disorders, smoking cessation

Internal Medicine

  • Lungs and respiration:
    asthma, wheezing, breathlessness, acute or chronic cough
  • Seasonal illness:
    colds, flu, cough, sore throat, hay fever, allergies, wheezing, heat stroke
  • Women’s health:
    fertility issues, menstrual irregularities, painful menses, premenstrual tension, morning sickness and other complications during pregnancy, difficult lactation, postpartum issues, fibroids, uterine bleeding, vaginal discharge, genital prolapse, genital itching, pre- and post- menopausal issues
  • Children’s health:
    asthma, bed wetting, whooping cough, mumps, measles, infantile diarrhea, ear infection
  • Men’s health:
    impotence, prostate issues, seminal emission
  • Nervous system:
    dizziness, vertigo, tremors, seizure disorders, sweating issues
  • Complex or autoimmune issues:
    fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, hyper- and hypothyroidism, multiple sclerosis
  • Head and face:
    headaches, facial pain and paralysis, Bell’s Palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, TMJ
  • Eye, ear, nose, and throat:
    sore swollen eyes, styes, eyelid droop, tearing patterns, nasal congestion, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, chronic nosebleeds, loss of voice, mouth sores, toothache, TMJ, chronic ear infections, tinnitus
  • Skin, hair, nails:
    herpes zoster (shingles), rashes, hives, eczema, tinea
  • Stomach and intestines:
    stomach aches, nausea, vomiting, acid reflux, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, constipation, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), hemorrhoids
  • Urinary system:
    difficult- abnormal- or painful- urination, urinary retention or dribbling, edema, frequent kidney stones
  • Miscellaneous issues:
    palpitations, hypertension, high or low blood pressure, diabetes, epilepsy patterns, malaria, swollen lymph nodes, post-stroke rehabilitation, hiccups, goiter, post-viral issues, cold extremities, lump in the throat, ascites, frequent gallstones