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Through the elegant application of acupuncture and herbal formulas, Chinese medicine offers effective treatment for most conditions addressed by conventional medical approaches: drugs or surgery.
In addition, many conditions that western medicine does not yet have an effective treatment for are well treated with Chinese medicine, especially chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and Parkinson's disease.

In 1980, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a list of 40 commonly encountered clinical disorders that acupuncture treats effectively. In 1997, research by the NIH (National Institutes of Heath) confirmed this list of conditions. [1] Recent research and the inclusion of Chinese herbology expands this list considerably:


Partial List of Conditions Treated Effectively by Chinese Medicine

Click on the links integrated into the conditions list for articles and studies highlighting the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating specific conditions.  More articles, studies and web links on general Chinese medical and health care topics are included below the conditions list.

Lung Conditions
  allergies
asthma
sinusitis
colds & flu
cough
bronchitis
pneumonia

Heart Problems
  chest pain/angina
high blood pressure
stroke
palpitations
high cholesterol

Uro-genital Disorders
  bladder and yeast infections (UTI's)
incontinence and frequent urination
herpes
sexual dysfunction

Auto-Immune & Chronic Disease
  Parkinson's disease
MS
lupus
chronic fatigue
diabetes
hypoglycemia
thyroid disorders
hepatitis
tumors (including side-effects of
   chemo and radiation treatment for
    cancer, HIV and AIDS)

Gynecology & Obstetrics
  PMS
menstrual pain
irregular menstruation
endometriosis
fibroids
cysts
PCOD (Polycystic Ovary Disease)
amenorrhea
excessive uterine bleeding
infertility
   complications in pregnancy
   including: morning sickness,
   fatigue, hypertension, breech
   position, delayed labor, mastitis,
Perimenopausal Syndrome


Musculoskeletal & Neurological
  pain (headaches, back, neck,
   shoulder, knee and joint)
sciatica
scoliosis
fibromyalgia
carpal tunnel
tendonitis
sprains
sports and traumatic injuries
muscle tears
TMJ
arthritis (including rheumatoid
   and osteoarthritis)
herniated discs
numbness
tremors
neuralgia
stroke
Bell's Palsy
Parkinson's disease
Head, Ears, Eyes, Nose and Throat
  headaches
post-nasal drip
sore throat
laryngitis
toothache
earaches
ear ringing
dizziness and vertigo
Bell's Palsy
   (early stage: first 3-6mos)
blurred vision
floaters
cataracts
glaucoma
blepharitis

Stomach & Bowel Problems
  IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Crohn's disease
colitis
constipation
diarrhea
ulcers
diverticulitis
gastritis
GERD
   (Gastro-esophageal Reflux
    Disorder
   including: heartburn & acid reflux)
indigestion
food allergies
Candida
abdominal pain

Dermatology
  Rashes:
   including: eczema & hives,
   itching, dry skin
herpes
blepharitis
acne
boils
burns
scars

Psychological Disorders
  insomnia
stress relief
irritability
anxiety
depression
panic attacks
fears/phobias
addictions
   (alcohol, nicotine, drugs, sugar,
   caffeine)

Pediatrics
  Asthma
allergies
ear infections
colds & flu
ADD/ADHD
sleep disorders
bed-wetting

Other Benefits
  increases energy & vitality
stress reduction & deep relaxation
enhanced athletic
    & physical function
improved immune function

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[1] Acupuncture: NIH Consens Statement 1997 N ov 3-5; 15(5): p 10.


Articles, Studies & Web links

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Additional Information:

LA Times: Fertility Acupuncture & IVF Study

Sperm Quality Study

Pregnancy & Labor Studies

Chinese Medicine: General Information

ABCNews on Acupuncture

How Acupuncture Became Popular in US: James Resdon Story

Oprah Says YES to Acupuncture

Cupping Therapy

Moxibustion

History of Chinese Medicine

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/acupuncture/
NIH (National Institutes of Health) FAQs page supporting acupuncture treatment.

http://consensus.nih.gov/1997/1997Acupuncture107html.htm
NIH (National Institutes of Health) landmark 1997 Consensus statement. “Objective. To provide health care providers, patients, and the general public with a responsible assessment of the use and effectiveness of acupuncture for a variety of conditions”

www.TCMWorld.org/what_is_tcm/
TCM World – The page gives a thoughtful and complete description of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qi, acupuncture channels, yin and yang and five-element theories.

General Health & Healthcare Information

NY Times on Why Patients Choose Alternative Medicine

How to Speak Effectively to Your Doctor

Heart Attack Risk For Women, NY Times

Low Fat Diet Doesn't Lower Health Risks Study, NY Times

NY Times OpEd: Poor Health in America , JAMA Study

NY Times OpEd: Erosion of the Doctor/Patient Relationship

Back Care Basics - by Mary Pullig Schutz, MD. A doctors gentle yoga program for back & neck pain relief. Softcover. 248 pages. Available at: www.ToolsForYoga.net

Acupuncture Certification and Licensing

Licensed Acupuncturist vs. Certified (Medical or Chiropractor) Acupuncture

Are Acupuncturists Doctors?

www.PacificCollege.edu
Website for Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Kath Bartlett , MS , LAc's alma mater. The library page includes links to various healthcare databases, complementary and alternative medicine sites and online books with healthcare topics.

www.NCCAOM.org
National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Information about certification with NCCAOM. Includes a list of NCCAOM certified practitioners, searchable by geographic region.

www.CCAOM.org
The Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) . Discusses certification and accreditation requirements for acupuncture colleges.

www.NCAAOM.org
North Carolina Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Discusses licensing requirements for North Carolina acupuncturists.

www. ncalb .state.nc.us/
North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board. Includes a list of Licensed Acupuncturists in North Carolina

Asheville Area Doctors and Holistic Healthcare Practitioners

Acupuncture Friendly Physicians in Asheville/Buncombe County

www.HeavenAndEarthTaiChi.com
Website for Tai Qi instructor Michael Clark. Includes introductory information and articles about Tai Qi and Qi Gong, and a class schedule. Michael's classes offer basic, introductory instruction appropriate for beginner practitioners.

www.LightenUpYoga.com
Website for Iyengar yoga instructor Lillah Schwartz's yoga studio. Iyengar yoga emphasizes the practice of correct anatomical alignment during poses.  Props are often used to help the body into the correct positions.  Because of the focus on proper anatomical alignment, Iyengar is considered by many to be one of the safest forms of yoga.  Class descriptions highlight specialty classes, such as Pain Relief (gentle class) MS and Chronic Conditions (slow-paced, gentle class) Yoga for Complete Beginners and Life Skills (stress management, meditation, etc.).