As promised, here is the top ten list of (lesser known) health conditions that acupuncture could benefit you, drug – free.

I have treated all of these conditions, and have seen that acupuncture therapy improves significantly, or completely eliminates the problems.

  1. Temporal Mandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  2. Tinnitus
  3. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  4. Vertigo
  5. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  6. Sore Throat
  7. Common Cold
  8. Hives
  9. Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  10. Tailbone pain

Everyone responds differently to acupuncture therapy (similar to how we all respond differently to other medical treatments). For some, just a few treatments are needed to ‘fix’ the problems. For others, a series of treatments yield better outcome.

I remember in acupuncture school, we would get so excited about having a sore throat (I know – weird) so that we could test our new knowledge on each other. The treatment felt almost magical because if you do it correctly (and catch it early), the sore throat would disappear immediately. We were totally geeked out by it!

For more chronic conditions like tinnitus, it is essential to treat the root cause which usually has to do with a deficiency of Kidney Qi. Acupuncture helps restore the Qi and regain the free flow of Qi. Again, more chronic conditions tend to require a series of treatments, and sometimes lifestyle changes can speed up the progress significantly as well.

Acupuncture can be incredibly helpful for digestive issues. That was my introduction to this medicine, actually. I was dealing with GERD while under a lot of stress, and it was so uncomfortable. The acupuncturist I saw was confident that she could help me. And after a few treatments, and a few changes in my diet, my symptoms resolved.

Because acupuncture seems to have positive effects on the brain chemistry, conditions that manifest during stress/ anxiety respond well to treatments (IBS, GERD, hives, OCD, etc). It also does not hurt to take (at least) an hour out of your day, to relax, and restore. You will be amazed at what the respite (plus a few pins) can do for your health and well being, physically, and mentally.

All my best,