Stress & Anxiety
Up to half a million people in the UK experience work-related stress every year. The signs of stress can vary from one individual to the next. They may manifest physically as an illness, pain or tiredness, as well as mentally such as depression, anxiety or anger.
Headaches & Migraines
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 side effects.
In general, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system & cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body's homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical & emotional well-being.
Evidence from a systematic review suggests that moxibustion is more effective than conventional drug therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee. Traditional acupuncture has few side-effects, & may improve physical & emotional well-being.
Data from studies suggest that acupuncture may offer an option for managing the hot flushes & night sweats associated with adjuvant hormonal treatment in women with early breast cancer.
There is substantial research to show that acupuncture is significantly better than no treatment & is as good, if not better than standard medical care for back pain by stimulating nerves, which leads to release of endorphins & changes the processing of pain in the brain & spinal cord.