Acupuncture can be used for an array of conditions, or simply to maintain health and help prevent illness. Common problems shown to benefit from acupuncture include pain conditions such as arthritis, back pain, neck pain, knee pain, fibromyalgia, tendonitis or sciatica; headaches and migraines; chronic fatigue; fertility problems; sinus problems and hay-fever; digestive conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or colitis; high blood pressure; sleep problems; anxiety stress and depression; morning sickness including nausea; skin conditions; and many more. You can find out more about acupuncture and get more information on current scientific research into the effectiveness of acupuncture by visiting the World Health Organization’s directory or the British Acupuncture Council.
In 2009 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) http://www.nice.org.uk/ recommended that acupuncture should be made available on the NHS as a cost-effective short-term treatment for the management of early, persistent non-specific lower back pain.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and 5 Element acupuncture can be combined.