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  Wai Tak Cheung: What Conditions Can Be Helped by Acupuncture Treatment?  
  Acupuncture is not a miracle cure-all. There are diseases and conditions when acupuncture cannot help but it is remarkable how many it can.

Acupuncture is most famous for treating pain and nervous disorders. It treats many other conditions equally well however. It is especially good for many, if not most, functional disorders. In addition, acupuncturists can treat many conditions where pathological (organic) change has just started. For example, ulcers in the beginning stages can be quite responsive to acupuncture treatment.

If you are not sure your condition can be helped, or if other methods of treatment have failed, or if you have been told that there is nothing more that can be done for you, it would be best to have a consultation with an acupuncturist. Cases of multiple sclerosis, for example, have been shown to respond astonishingly well to acupuncture. Other conditions that respond well to acupuncture treatment are as follows:

Motor System and Joints-inflammation, tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, lower back pain, and conditions after an accident that seem to have no cause or that do not respond to medical treatment.
Respiratory System-common cold, bronchitis, shortness of breath unrelated to serious heart conditions, bronchial asthma.

Metabolic-thyroid, anemia, early stage diabetes, hypoglycemia.
Genito?Urinary-cystitis, urethritis, water retention, chronic kidney or bladder infection, loss of sexual desire, mentally based impotence.
Gastric-cardialgia, gastralgia, gastritis, colitis, diarrhea, constipation, hepatitis (chronic), hemorrhoids, nausea.

Pediatrics-habitual vomiting, infantile paralysis, the after-effects of polio, indigestion, influenza or viral syndrome, asthma, partial deafness, fever with no apparent cause.
Neurology and psychiatry-migraine, other headaches, sciatica, hip, gout, palsy, nervous tension, neurosis, dizziness, nerve pain in the ribs or upper body, insomnia.
Orhorhinolaryngology-rhinitis or nasitis, ringing in the ears, partial loss of hearing, nasosinusitis, epistaxis (nasal hemorrhage), pharyngitis, laryngitis, muteness, trigeminal neuralgia.
Ophthalmology-eye strain, pain of the eyes, poor vision, iritis, double vision, strong sensitivity, muscles and nerves of lids that do not function properly.
Gynecology and obstetrics-irregular or lack of period, severe cramps and pain at period, abnormal or heavy flow at period, vaginitis, ovaritis, mastitis, frigidity, sterility, menopausal distress.
Dermatology-chilblains, allergic dermatitis, dry skin, acne, boils, loss of hair, warts, itching.
Other-Hay fever, multiple sclerosis, smoking, weight-loss, drug addiction, alcoholism. In the last four conditions, the patient must be highly motivated and be willing to engage in lifestyle changes including diet and exercise.

The United Nations Health Department has made statements that there are upwards to 120 diseases or conditions that acupuncture can help. In my opinion, the number is much higher. Chinese acupuncturists routinely treat over 300 diseases and conditions.

Patients with cancer ask me, "What can you do for me?" In the past few years, I've treated many cancer patients, many that I have never faced before. Some patients continue under their MD's care; some give up MD treatments or the MD says he can do nothing more for them, so they come to see me. Sometimes a cancerous tumor is removed and the cancer returns. While still under a MD's care, a patient will ask me for my opinion. Also, after chemotherapy and radiation treatments, when their bodies are weak, patients ask for my help.

In my practice I cannot say, "I can cure cancer". Why? It is against the beliefs and principles of my healing art to make that statement. I can, however, reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation: lack of appetite, hair loss, low energy, poor RBS and WBC count, poor platelet count, anemia, nausea, and dizziness.

When a cancer has progressed too far, there is little I can do beyond helping a patient become more comfortable and calm. I face very difficult cases, but always try my best from my knowledge and my heart. As a healer, I always believe that there is some help available for everyone. One facet of acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine that often goes unnoticed is prevention. We believe, for example, that proper diet is more conducive to good health than treatment because, in many cases, proper diet can make treatment itself unnecessary. We believe that food is medicine and that an ounce of prevention is, indeed, worth a pound of cure. Another meaning of prevention arises from an analytical point-of-view particular to Traditional Chinese Medicine: a special sensitivity to the holistically integrated pathways of disease and health. For example, disease and health of the lung and the kidneys are intricately related. From this perspective, a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine when confronted with respiratory problems will also treat the kidneys and the liver to prevent problems from later arising in these critical sites.
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