Conditions Treated

Acupuncture improves your health and well-being on a holistic level, and as such it can help with a wide range of ailments.

Acupuncture works by the insertion of needles into the energy pathways of the body. The needles release blocks in the energy channels and stimulate the flow of energy to specific organs. As a result, your ability to heal yourself is activated. Usually, your symptoms are relieved first and then you will feel greater well-being, although you can feel better in yourself first and then the symptoms are relieved. How long this takes is often related to how long you have had the problems.

The British acupuncture Council has compiled research documents into the effective treatment of acupuncture and currently lists a number of health conditions acupuncture can treat.

In addition the World Health Organisation (WHO) has a PDF of research (large file – see page 33 onwards) dedicated to Acupuncture. Specifically they list the symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been effective in controlled trials:

Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)

Biliary colic



Dysmenorrhoea, primary


Facial pain


Hypertension, essential



Induction of labour

Knee pain


Lower back pain

Malposition of fetus, correction of

Morning sickness

Nausea and vomiting

Neck pain

Pain in dentistry

Periarthritis of shoulder

Postoperative pain

Renal colic

Rheumatoid arthritis




Tennis elbow

See these pages separately for details on treatment for pregnancy, fertility and cosmetic acupuncture.

Mary is a member of the following organisations:

British Acupuncture Council ACT London Zita West

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