What conditions does acupuncture treat?

The practice of East Asian Medicine spans over 2500 years, truly an empirical medicine that is continually being validated by Western science. It is now considered a world medicine, used as a reliable method of treatment for many conditions, so many that it is not possible to list them all. Below are some examples of commonly treated conditions. 

  • Women's health: menstrual issues, infertility, lactation, menopause, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

  • Pain: back, neck, knee, shoulder, sciatica, headache, muscle sprain, postoperative, menstrual, fibromyalgia, related to illnesses such as cancer…we are the alternative to opiates.

  • Respiratory: asthma, allergies, sinusitis, bronchitis

  • Gastrointestinal: gastritis, heartburn, ulcer, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea

  • Chronic conditions: hypertension, diabetes (NIDDM), obesity/overweight, arthritis, asthma, hepatitis, HIV

  • Other conditions: insomnia, stress, fatigue, depression


Generally no, although some areas of the body can feel more sensitive than others. Most people find acupuncture and any of the other treatments very relaxing. Having acupuncture is often described as a feeling of pressure, fullness or a dull sensation at the point where the needle is inserted. The needles used are very thin and said to be about the same size as a strand of hair or just slightly bigger. Most are surprised at how painless it is and look forward to receiving acupuncture for its restorative effects.


While pregnant, it is safe to receive acupuncture. You should always let your acupuncturist know if you are pregnant or are planning a pregnancy. Licensed acupuncturists are trained to avoid using particular points and herbs during this time. There are many symptoms that may occur during pregnancy for which acupuncture is often helpful, such as morning sickness, heartburn, insomnia, back or hip pain.