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)
Induction of labour
Lower back pain
Malposition of fetus, correction of
Nausea and vomiting
Pain in dentistry
Periarthritis of shoulder
See these pages separately for details on treatment for pregnancy, fertility and cosmetic acupuncture.