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Which conditions respond to Western Medical Acupuncture?

 

Western Medical Acupuncture is useful

  1. For pain relief of musculoskeletal pain1
  2. For chronic pain such as neuralgia, myofascial pain syndromes, fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis of the knee6
  3. In the management of infertility, particularly in addition to conventional treatments such as IVF1
  4. Whilst pregnant, when many women experience back pain resulting from changes in their weight distribution, and have very few other treatment options7
  5. For controlling the symptoms of nausea during pregnancy1,8

The dose, or number of acupuncture treatments, is tailored to individual patients, as it takes account of the responsiveness of each individual’s central nervous system.1

As each case and treatment plan is tailored to the individual patient, it is impossible to give more than a general idea of what treatment may involve. Typically, fine needles are inserted through the skin and left in position briefly, sometimes with manual or electrical stimulation. The number of needles varies but may be only two or three. Treatment might be once a week to begin with, then at longer intervals as the condition responds. A typical course of treatment lasts 5 to 8 sessions.1

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