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Can acupuncture help my health problem?

Respiratory problems can be treated very effectively with acupuncture. If you have a cold or flu, one or two treatments can help you feel remarkably better. If you get frequent colds every winter, or colds that drag on or lead to bronchitis, acupuncture helps strengthen the underlying weakness so you won't be so vulnerable. Chronic allergies, asthma, and sinusitis can also be treated with acupuncture. Herbal medicines strengthen the effects of acupuncture treatment without making you drowsy, spaced out, or nauseous like over-the-counter medications. 

Many chronic digestive problems respond beautifully to acupuncture care. Gas and heartburn can often be reduced by acupuncture treatment. Uncomfortable constipation can be cleared up, eliminating the need for laxatives. Chronic diarrhea is sometimes a very stubborn problem that also responds to acupuncture and herbal remedies. Even severe cases of colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and food allergies improve with treatment. 

Acupuncture is especially helpful for gynecological problems. Women of all ages can benefit from regulating the menstrual cycle, and reducing cramps and PMS. Irritability, depression, bloating, and pain with the period are often greatly reduced within a few months. 

Acupuncture and herbal medicine combined are a powerful treatment for longstanding gynecological problems. Painful endometriosis and fibroids with heavy bleeding are effectively treated. Infertility is often resolved successfully. After childbirth, a new mother's energy is replenished and revitalized. For women in menopause, treatment greatly relieves hot flashes and nightsweats and restores restful sleep. 

Acupuncture  provides pain relief for many kinds of chronic pain. Back pain, headache, and whiplash from car accidents respond well to acupuncture treatment. Sprains or strains from sports injuries can be treated. Acupuncture  reduces the pain of repetitive stress injury, which affects many people working with  keyboards or musical instruments. Painful migraines, cluster headaches, and tension headaches can be treated with acupuncture. Painful joints from arthritis can be greatly relieved.  

Symptoms of stress respond very well to acpuncture care. Anxiety, depression, and insomnia are relieved, providing support for people going through a hard time, or anyone suffering from a busy life. The deep state of relaxation you experience during treatment begins to relieve anxiety and stress from the very first session. For more infomation about acupuncture treatment for depression, please read our Special Focus section for a summary of a new study. 

Acupuncture  offers excellent support to anyone suffering with chronic weakness and pain from serious illness, such as cancer, AIDS, CIFS and MS. Treatment can often help provide relief from side effects of medication. 

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Meredith St. John
Boston, MA