Indications for Treatment

At  Essential Points Acupuncture, we strive to provide you with a pleasant, effective, and invigorating treatment.  We believe the human body and the human experience can combine to create a self correcting and self enlivening environment; an environment that can produce wonderful results!

According to the NIH, (part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) acupuncture is effective in adult post-operative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in post-operative dental pain. In addition, evidence suggested acupuncture to be useful (as an adjunct treatment, an acceptable alternative or included in a comprehensive management program) for the following conditions:

  • Addiction
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Headache
  • Nausea in pregnancy
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Tennis elbow
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofacial pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Low back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Asthma

The NIH concludes that further research is likely to uncover additional areas where acupuncture interventions will be useful.1

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of common illnesses including2:

  • Reproductive and Gynecological Conditions
  • Mental Emotional Problems
  • Upper Respiratory Tract
  • Respiratory System
  • Eye Disorders
  • Mouth Disorders
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Neurological and Musculoskeletal Disorders

The World Health Organization Interregional Seminar compiled the above list of illnesses that may benefit from acupuncture treatment.  The list is only a partial list and is based on clinical experience, and not necessarily on controlled clinical research.  The inclusion of specific diseases are not meant to indicate the extent of acupuncture’s efficacy in treatment, since all conditions may vary in severity and response.

Sources:
1 NIH, Acupuncture, Nov. 3-5, 1997, Vol. 15, No. 5
2 World Health Organization. Viewpoint on Acupuncture, Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, 1979.