As an essential part of Traditional Chinese
Medicine, acupuncture has been successfully used to
treat various kinds of diseases in China for over
thousands of years.
In North America, acupuncture is mainly being used
to relive pain, quit addictions (smoking, alcohol), control weight and
relieve anxieties, along with enormous successful
treatments of other symptoms.
As recommended by
the World Health Organization (WHO), those listed in
the What is being treated
section are the common problems that can be treated
by Chinese acupuncture. Please refer to the
section for more details about the problems that
have been successfully treated with acupuncture by
Pain is the most common problem that is treated by
Chinese acupuncture with extreme success. Acupuncture works
extremely well for many kinds of pain complaints -
some may respond better than others. A large number
of people do feel instant relief from the pain after the
very first treatment. In general, more than 90% of
patients respond well after the treatment.
Acupuncture is very successful in helping patients
to quit smoking. Acupuncture intercepts messages
sent by the brain to the body that demand more
nicotine, thereby disrupting the addictive process.
It stops the craving for cigarettes, change the
taste, get rid of the nicotine acid from the lungs,
and make smoking uncomfortable.
Acupuncture helps people successfully control their
weight by curbing the appetite, depressing cravings,
getting rid of excess water, burning off extra
calories, and correcting the internal body
imbalance, which causes so many people to be
Acupuncture works very well to help restore a calm
state of mind. When acupuncture needles are inserted
into specific points, it has an immediate,
regulatory effect on the nerve system. It
stimulates the parasympathetic nerve system to
slow down the heart beating rate and relax the mind.
The Center for Addiction and Mental Health in
Toronto had performed a study on 18 adults with anxiety
and insomnia. After 5 weeks of acupuncture
treatments, the patients experienced a significant
reduction in the severity of their anxieties.