What can Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture treat?
- Written by Louise Stevens
Chinese Medicine focuses on the collection of symptoms rather than just the medical diagnosis, which allows us to build a more holistic picture of an individual.
Chinese Medicine is an entire healthcare system in its own right. The possible uses are very wide, and people of any age or constitution can benefit from them. In China it is the main form of healthcare where hospitals are devoted to the use of Herbal medicine, Acupuncture, Chinese massage and Western medicine.
"Chinese Medicine is not valuable because it is Chinese, it is valuable because its theory is so universally applicable that it can describe the medical impact of potentially anything on anybody" Flaws JCM1990
Chinese Medicine focuses on the collection of symptoms rather than just the medical diagnosis, this allows us to build a much broader and holistic picture of each individual. There is a saying in Chinese Medicine:
'Tong bing yi zhi, Yi bing tong zhi' which means
'different diseases, one treatment,
same disease, different treatments'
For comprehensive and up to date information on what can be treated with Chinese Medicine please refer to these sites. The Acupuncture Research Resource Centre (ARRC) is the research division of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). It is committed to researching Acupuncture and collating research findings. The Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM), the Southampton Complementary Medicine Trust and the Beijing Traditional Chinese Medicine cochrane centre are working together to make over 17,000 research trials available, which are currently in chinese. The World Health Organisation (WHO) also has details of diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture.
Recently we have been advised that we are no longer able to advertise many conditions which have been successfully treated with Chinese Medicine over the course of its history. This is because all medical conditions need to be backed up by evidence of trials, conducted on people where appropriate. Even testimonials referring to conditions for which treatment cannot be substantiated by robust evidence cannot now be used for advertising purposes.
The list of conditions which has so far met the substantiation criteria is extremely limited and is as follows:
- Dental Pain
- Pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee (may be temporary and with adjunctive treatment)
- Short term relief of tension-type headache
- Short term or temporary relief of lower back pain.
I am fortunate to have had the experience of working with doctors and professors of Chinese Herbal Medicine in China in the departments of:
- Respiratory Disorders
- Digestive Complaints
- Gynaecology and Obstetrics
In these departments a multitude of conditions are successfully treated. I also studied in the Acupuncture department where they mainly treated:
- Musculoskeletal and Pain