We all know that acupuncture originated in China. Being the pioneer in this type of traditional therapy, China is where you’ll find doctors that have been practicing this form of therapy for generations. Dr. Du Yuanhao is a 51 year old practitioner of acupuncture therapy together with a team of other doctors in Cinese Acupuncture Clinic Research. They make use of acupuncture for curing many types of diseases. After four years of thorough study on acupuncture, Dr. Yuanhao concluded that acupuncture can cure 461 types of diseases.
They found that most diseases that acupuncture is effective at are those of the nervous system, genitourinary system, the digestive system, bones, and skin. Some examples are dementia, skin rashes, stroke, enteritis, and diarrhea.
Points for acupuncture are in the flesh, which is why the treatment can be effective to diseases in muscles and skin Du said to Xianhua News Agency, “Besides, points are rich in nerves. Thus it can also cure diseases in the nervous system and other systems whose functions are directly controlled by nerves.”
Dr. Yuanhao is classifying the 461 diseases and will categorize them into three levels: those that can be cured solely by acupuncture, those that need acupuncture as the major treatment, and those that acupuncture will serve as the assisting treatment.
On the other hand, the World Health Organization listed diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture. The following are: stroke, sprain, sciatica, tennis elbow, rheumatoid arthritis, renal colic, post operative pain, periarthritis of the shoulder, temporomandibular dysfunction in dentistry, neck pain, nausea, vomiting, morning sickness, correction of malposition of fetus, low back pain, leukopenia, knee pain, induction of labour, primary hypotension, essential hypertension, headache, craniomandibular disorders, facial pain, acute epigastralgia, primary dysmenorrhea, acute bacillary dysentery, depressive neurosis, depression, biliary colic, allergic rhinitis, hay fever, and adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy.
Acupuncture also showed therapeutic effect on the following diseases although further proof is still being studied: whooping cough or pertussis, vascular dementia, urolithiasis, chronic ulcerative colitis, tourette syndrome, tobacco dependence, tietze syndrome, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, stiff neck, acute spine pain, tonsillitis, sore throat, sjorgren syndrome, drug induced sialism, schizophrenia, traumatic retention of urine, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, recurrent lower urinary tract infection, primary raynaud syndrome, randicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome, pruritus, chronic prostatitis, premenstrual syndrome, postoperative convalescence, postextubation in children, polycystic ovary syndrome, thromboangitis obliterans, pain due to endoscopic examination, osteorarhritis, cocaine or opium dependence, obesity, neurodermatitis, post-herpetic neuralgia, meniere disease, male sexual dysfunction, lactation deficiency, labour pain, insomnia, hypo-ovarianism, hyperlipaemia, herpes zoster, hepatitis B virus carrier status, gouty arthritis, gastrokinetic disturbance, fibromyalgia or myofascial pain syndrome, female utethral syndrome, facial spasm, female infertility, eye pain due to subconjunctival injection, epistaxis, epidemic haemorrhagic fever, earache, diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent, craniocerebral injury, competition stress syndrome, cholelithiasis, cholecystitis, cardiac neurosis, cancer pain, bell’s palsy, alcohol dependency, acne vulgaris, and abdominal pain.
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