Any health problem, disease, or illness may be treated by acupuncture. In some cases, where the life energy has deteriorated too far to respond to a cure, the disease can still be arrested and pain alleviated so that the patient can lead a reasonably normal life. Though there are techniques in Oriental Medicine for healing all conditions, some problems can be dealt with more quickly by western medicine. Your acupuncturist will recommend that you contact a physician.

Although some conditions can be alleviated very rapidly by acupuncture, many conditions have taken years to establish and can only be relieved with steady, slow progress. As in any form of healing, the patient must be fully determined to get well and to change the habits or attitudes which have been undermining his/her health. Oriental Medicine is an education process in which the patient becomes more sensitive to his/her body and more aware of what to do to maintain physical and mental well-being (i.e. diet, exercise, rest).

For Westerners, it would be difficult to see the depth and scope of acupuncture’s potential action without using a Western perspective and without giving examples in Western medical terms.

Therefore, the following types of illnesses, some of which are diseases, some disorders, and some symptoms, indicate the remarkably wide range of conditions in which treatment by acupuncture has been effective.