What does Chinese medicine treat?
The short answer is that Chinese medicine treats human beings, so in a sense, the entire mind-body spectrum can be affected by treatment. Physical pain is among the conditions that people most commonly seek help for; emotional stress is the second most common. But things as serious as acute infectious diseases and chronic autoimmune illnesses can, to one extent or another, be treated with acupuncture and herbs (with the involvement of Western treatment, where and when it is appropriate).
The standard list of things Chinese medicine covers can include, but is not limited to:
Pain (back, neck, shoulder, knee and limb), sciatica, scoliosis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, tendonitis, TMJ, arthritis, MS, herniated discs, numbness, paralysis, tremors, injury and trauma
Asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis, allergies, cold & flu, shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing, snoring
Chest pain/angina, hypertension, high blood pressure, stroke, palpitations, flutters, high cholesterol, congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis/hardening of the arteries
Irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s, colitis, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, gastritis, ulcers, GERD, gas and bloating, abdominal pain, weight loss/gain, hepatitis
Infertility, painful periods, menstrual cramps, PMS, amenorrhea, breech, polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, menopause, fibroids, cysts, prostatitis, UTIs, bladder and kidney stones, impotence, STDs
Eczema/dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, dry skin, itching, scars, burns, warts, rashes
Depression, anxiety, and stress; bipolar disorder, mania, irritability, panic attacks, fears/phobias, OCD, ADD/ADHD
Head, Ears, Eyes, Nose and Throat
Migraines, cluster and tension headaches, cold sores, post-nasal drip, sore throat, blurred vision, floaters, ringing ears, dizziness and vertigo, bell’s palsy
Auto-Immune and Endocrine
Cancer (including side-effects of chemo and radiation), diabetes, hypoglycemia, thyroid disorders, HIV and AIDS
Sleep disorders, insomnia, smoking and other addictions, detoxification