What does acupuncture treat?

by Mary Beth Huwe

We often explain it this way: acupuncture treats people, not diseases. That means that no matter who you are or what you’re suffering from, acupuncture is an option for you – not just an alternative or a last-ditch attempt, but an actual, serious, thoughtful medicine.

We’ve helped people aged 1 month – 87 years with conditions such as fatigue, headaches, menstrual problems, joint injuries and pain, HIV, digestive complaints, back pain, earaches, nosebleeds, nightmares, constipation, anxiety, cancer, insomnia, nausea, neuropathy, pregnancy, depression, and smoking.

Of course we can’t legally guarantee a cure and wouldn’t want to make such a claim. What we do put forth is that even if acupuncture doesn’t cure your disease, save your life, or remove your symptoms, it will very likely change the way you feel about your disease, life, and symptoms. In this way, it greatly reduces suffering.

Some people wonder, “is acupuncture for me?” The short answer is “yes.” Acupuncture is for anyone who wants it. Maybe you’re in the best shape of your life, or maybe you feel like you’re falling through the cracks of modern healthcare. Maybe you don’t notice your body unless it’s hurting you. Maybe you have a vague sense that something is lacking in your health. Maybe you’re very sick. Acupuncture is multi-dimensional; it has something to offer every one of those “maybes,” because it is a medicine that takes the full constellation of the individual into account.

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