Monday, October 13, 2014

W.H.O. List of conditions effectively treated by acupuncture

In 2003 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a report called “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials.” Below you will see a list of the conditions mentioned in that report.
Please note that there are plenty of additional conditions which centuries of empirical data have shown acupuncture treats effectively but for which there is little or no modern western research. If you have questions about a condition not listed below, be sure to contact me so I can address your specific situation.

Psychological Conditions
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • PTSD
  • Somatization disorder
  • Hypersomnia
  • Insomnia
Neurological Conditions
  • Headache and migraine
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Facial palsy (early stage, within three to six months)
  • Paresis following stroke
  • Peripheral neuropathies
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Nocturnal enuresis
  • Cervicobrachial syndrome
  • Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
  • Intercostal neuralgia
  • Disc problems
Musculo-skeletal Conditions
  • Muscle pain, swelling, stiffness and weakness
  • Localized traumatic injuries, sprains, strains, tendinitis, contractures
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Work and sports related injuries
  • Low back and/or neck strain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • “Frozen shoulder”, “tennis elbow”
  • Sciatica
Respiratory System Conditions
  • Acute sinusitis
  • Acute rhinitis
  • Common cold and allergies*
  • Acute tonsillitis
  • Acute bronchitis
  • Bronchial asthma
Conditions of the Eye, Ear, Nose & Mouth
  • Acute conjunctivitis
  • Central retinitis
  • Myopia (in children)
  • Cataract (without complications)
  • Toothaches, post extraction pain
  • Gingivitis
  • Acute and chronic pharyngitis
Gastrointestinal Conditions

  • Spasms of esophagus and cardiac
  • Irritable bowel and colitis
  • Gastroptosis
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Gastric hyperacidity (i.e. acid reflux)
  • Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
  • Acute duodenal ulcer (without complication)
  • Acute and chronic colitis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Acute bacillary dysentery
  • Paralytic ileus
Gynecological Conditions

  • Infertility *
  • PMS
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Menopause syndrome
  • Benign irregular menstruation
  • Benign amenorrhea
Cardiovascular Conditions

  • Essential hypertension
Other Conditions

  • Withdrawal from street and pharmacological drugs
  • Appetite suppression


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Acupucture, Chinese herbs, deep tissue Massage

Hello I'm Sarah Marie Palazzolo. I have a masters degree in Chinese medicine, a certification in Chinese herbs and a license in Acupuncture and Massage therapy.
I have been working in busy clinics since 2000.
I'm dedicated to getting results for even the most recalcitrant of symptoms. I have mostly focused on pain, but I have also had results in treating endocrine disorders, reproductive, infertility, allergy sinus, skin problems, eye problems, etc. I fell in love with Chinese medicine after reading "The web that has no weaver" by Ted Kaptchuck.
In the book the author describes the eastern worldview is of the body as a microcosm of nature. As a cosmos of our own.