Traditional Chinese Medicine- what can it treat ?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which incorporates acupuncture and Chinese herbal remedies has been shown to have a positive effect in helping to treat and manage symptoms of a wide variety of disorders.  In others it can provide supportive care to existing medical treatment. Some examples:

Allergic rhinitis:  


Chemotherapy side effects / Cancer care-Depression:  Acupuncture may be used for some of the symptoms of cancer, and the side effects of conventional cancer treatments, but it is not used to address the cancer itself. A good clear overview can be read HERE

Digestive Disorders-  such as IBS, Crohn’s disease, colitis, IBD symptoms, constipation, reflux, indigestion, abdominal bloating and nausea .

Headache: Evidence from the most up-to-date and highest quality systematic review showed that there are clinically relevant benefits of adding acupuncture to routine care and also a statistical advantage of ‘true’ acupuncture over sham interventions. On the other hand, there was no apparent superiority compared to other non-pharmacological treatments such as physiotherapy and relaxation (Linde 2009). The detail can be read HERE

Migraine (prophylaxis) There have now been many controlled trials of acupuncture for migraine, with some large, high-quality ones in recent years. The results of the latest reviews are quite consistent: acupuncture is significantly better than no treatment/basic care for managing  migraine, and appears to be at least as effective as prophylactic drug therapy, with few contraindications or unpleasant side effects The British Acupuncture Council provide some clear and balanced detail HERE

Post-viral fatigue

Women’s Health Issues –such as cycle problems, hormonal problems, painful and irregular periods, menopausal symptoms, endometriosis, PCOS, fibroids and post natal care

As with all health care modalities, research findings can and do vary. To date research in Acupuncture is ongoing. These reading links below provide current insight and findings into the application of acupuncture.

The Acupuncture Evidence Project plain summary provides recent insight in to numerous conditions positively impacted by acupuncture. Click on the mage to read the detail.




The Medical Journal of Australia article provides some reading regarding allergic rhinitis. Click on the image to read.