Treatable Conditions

We specialize in the Chinese medical diagnosis and treatment of:

Painful and Neuromusculoskeletal Conditions:  Osteoarthritis, Neck Pain, Low Back Pain, Knee & Hip PainFibromyalgia, Tendinitis, Migraine, Tension Headaches,  Muscular Spasm, Plantar Fasciitis, Sports Injuries, Tennis Elbow

Gastrointestinal Conditions:  Nausea & Vomiting, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, GERD, Gastritis, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Diarrhea, Constipation, Gas/ Bloating

Gynecological Conditions:  PMS/PMDD, Dysmenorrhea (Painful Periods), Amenorrhea (No Periods), PCOS, Hot Flashes, Menopausal Symptoms

Infertility and IVF/ IUI Support:  Due to hormonal, functional, structural, or idiopathic causes & evidence based protocols to accompany IVF/ IUI

Psychiatric and Mood Disorders:  Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Stress Management

Neurologic Disorders:  Migraine, Tension Headache, Peripheral Neuropathy, Sciatica, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Radicular Pain, Post Herpetic Neuralgia, Bell's Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Morton's Neuroma

Dermatalogic Disorders:  Acne, Eczema, Urticaria (Hives), Rosacea

Oncology Support/ Cancer Care:  Acupuncture & Chinese medicine treatments for nausea & vomiting, pain, neutropenia, fatigue, and mood disorders secondary to cancer or chemotherapy & radiation


According the the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine favorably treat a broad array of health functions and disease conditions. From the WHO's website:


"Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials."

The diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials reported in the recent literature can be classified into four categories as shown below:

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), 
Biliary colic, depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
, dysentery (acute bacillary), dysmenorrhoea, primary
 epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm), facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
, headache
, hypertension, essential
 hypotension, primary
 induction of labour
, knee pain
, leukopenia
, low back pain
, malposition of fetus, correction of 
morning sickness, 
nausea and vomiting
, neck pain
, pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
, periarthritis of shoulder
, postoperative pain
, renal colic
, rheumatoid arthritis
, sciatica
, sprain
, tennis elbow.

Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed:
Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
, acne vulgaris
, alcohol dependence and detoxification
, Bell’s palsy
, bronchial asthma
, cancer pain
, cardiac neurosis
, cholecystitis (chronic, with acute exacerbation), 
, competition stress syndrome
, craniocerebral injury (closed), 
diabetes mellitus (non-insulin-dependent), 
, epidemic haemorrhagic fever
, epistaxis, eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
, female infertility
, facial spasm,
 female urethral syndrome
, fibromyalgia and fasciitis, 
gastrokinetic disturbance
, gouty arthritis
, hepatitis B virus, 
Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3),
, hypo-ovarianism
, insomnia
, labour pain
, lactation deficiency
, male sexual dysfunction (non-organic)
, Ménière's disease, 
post herpetic neuralgia, neurodermatitis
, obesity
, opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
, osteoarthritis, 
pain due to endoscopic examination
, pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
, polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome; PCOS), 
postextubation in children
, postoperative convalescence
, premenstrual syndrome
, prostatitis, pruritus
, radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
, Raynaud's syndrome, 
recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
, reflex sympathetic dystrophy
 (chronic regional pain syndrome), retention of urine (traumatic)
, schizophrenia
Sjögren's syndrome
, sore throat (including tonsillitis),
spine pain, acute
 stiff neck, 
temporomandibular joint dysfunction, 
tobacco dependence
, Tourette's syndrome, 
ulcerative colitis, chronic
, vascular dementia
, whooping cough (pertussis).

The list of conditions that favorably respond to to acupuncture, from the NIH's 1997 Consensus Report on Acupuncture:

Adult postoperative and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, postoperative dental pain, addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma.


The Original Patient-Centered Medicine

There is a famous saying within Chinese medicine - ‘Same illness, Different name; Different name, Same illness.'  Modern biomedical science renames "patterns of disharmony" - illness, injury, disease, dysfunction - which have always existed in varying combinations.  Each person exhibits some variation unique to his or her own constitution which occasionally renders a patient’s condition essentially undiagnosable by conventional biomedicine.  A Western medical diagnosis is not necessary to effectively treat by classical Chinese medicine, although it is often a helpful starting place from which to differentially diagnose according to Chinese medical theory.  Chinese medicine must re-frame illness according to our traditional theories in order to most effectively treat, heal, and prevent.  This reframing of illness offers an easier to understand, more straightforward explanation of disease to patients, and therefore generates an awareness that can enable effective self-care and co-creation of genuine healing.



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