Conditions suitable for treatment:

As in the whole range of medicine, some conditions have a more successful response to treatment than others. Often symptoms which are difficult to treat with Western medicine do well and there is a wide range of conditions which respond well to acupuncture. There are also conditions for which modern medicine has no effective or proven treatments or where the side effects or risks of the available drug are not desirable.
Here are some examples:

Musculoskeletal system:

Neck pain: e.g. injury, whiplash, spondylosis (arthritis, “wear & tear”) & associated pain radiating into arms
Back pain and sciatica due to disc or joint problems
Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid and other types of arthritis, in virtually any joint (especially hips, knees and hands)
Sprained ankles and other sporting injuries
Overuse problems (“RSI”, shin splints etc)
Heel pain (“spurs” or plantar fasciitis)
Frozen shoulder

Neurological: (nerves)

HEADACHES of various types (e.g. migraine, sinus type, neck related)
Carpal tunnel syndrome
“Pinched nerves”
Sciatica and brachalgia
Neuralgias of various types (e.g. trigeminal and post shingles)
Facial pain due to neuralgias or TMJ problems
Bell’s Palsy (face paralysis)
Anxiety, depression, mood disorder
Peripheral neuropathy
Phantom limb pain


Dysmenorrhoea (painful periods)
PMS or PMT (premenstrual syndrome)
Mastalgia (breast tenderness)
Hot flushes (if HRT not suitable)
Pelvic pain
NAUSEA of PREGNANCY (“morning sickness”)
Vestibulitits (vulvodynia)

Paediatrics: (children)

Infant colic
Irritable babies (with no obvious cause)
Recurrent abdominal pain (no cause found)
Molluscum contagiosum
Separation anxiety

General health:

Irritable bladder
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Hayfever / Asthma
Post viral fatigue
Post illness and post anaesthetic debility
Travel sickness
SMOKING CESSATION (reduces withdrawal symptoms) as an alternative to nicotine patches and gum
Skin problems such as eczema
Chronic sinus problems
Recurrent infections
Chronic prostatitis (a mens’ health problem for which there is no proven cure)