Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is a precise peripheral nerve stimulation technique, which involves the insertion and stimulation of solid needles manually or with electricity for the therapeutic purpose of modulating abnormal activity of the nervous system, in pain syndromes, and functional diseases.
The benefits of acupuncture include pain relief, inflammation reduction, improved blood flow, stress reduction, and improved nerve conduction.
The World Health Organization (WHO) endorses acupuncture and issued a list of all the diseases amenable to acupuncture treatment.
Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved,through controlled trials, to be an effective treatment include:
- Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
- Dysmenorrhoea, primary
- Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
- Knee pain
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
- Periarthritis of shoulder
- Postoperative pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Tennis elbow