Acupuncture is often sought for pain relief but it is an important treatment for many other conditions. In 2003 the World Health Organization published a report about the effectiveness of acupuncture. Conditions for which acupuncture have been proved effective are:
|Depression||Nausea and vomiting|
|Stomach ulcers and gastritis||Postoperative pain|
|Essential hypertension||Perioperative pain|
|Primary hypertension||Periarthritis of shoulder|
|Induction of labor||Rheumatoid arthritis|
|Low back pain||Sprain|
Conditions for which Acupuncture has been shown to be affected but further study is needed:
|Bronchial asthma||Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal Syndrome)|
|Cancer pain||Postoperative convalescence|
|Acute exacerbation of chronic cholecystis||Pre-menstrual syndrome|
|Gall stones||Chronic prostitis|
|Competition stress syndrome||Pruritis|
|Non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus||Radicular and pseudoradicular pain|
|Earache||Primary Reynaud’s syndrome|
|Female infertility||Recurrent lower urinary tract infection|
|Facial spasm||Traumatic urine retention|
|Fibromyalgia and fasciitis||Sore throat including tonsillitis|
|Insomnia||Acute spine pain|
|Labor pain||TMJ dysfunction|
|Lactation deficiency||Tourette’ syndrome|
|Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic||Chronic ulcerative colitis|
|Meniere’s disease||Kidney stones|
Each of the below methods can be used over specific acupuncture points and substituted for acupuncture needles. They can also be used in conjunction with needles.
Taiji (pronounced “tai chee”), which when translated means “Supreme Ultimate Boxing” may be practiced for both self-defense and its health benefits. It was originally conceived as a martial art but is most often used for health purposes as taught by Dr. Grace. Tai ji is especially known for its slow movements to improve fitness, recover from illness promote relaxation and enhance well-being.
Dr. Grace is both a Qigong Master and a Taiji Master. For further information see “Tai Chi Program at Kansas University Hospital Shows Dramatic Results” at www.qigonginstitute.org.
The acupuncturist will usually examine the tongue and the pulse.
The tongue reflects the condition of the organs and meridians. The acupuncturist may check for color, cracks, shape and coating.
The acupuncturist may palpate the twelve pulses on each wrist. Each pulse corresponds to a specific organ and meridian. The acupuncturist will examine several qualities in each pulse to help reach a diagnosis.