The British Acupuncture Council has produced a series of free factsheets summarising the latest research into the use of acupuncture for a wide range of conditions including pain, infertility, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, migraine and the menopause. To read about how your specific condition responds to acupuncture, please visit the British Acupuncture Council website here.
You may also be interested to read a document published by the World Health Organisation in 2003 called ‘Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials’. This contains a list of illnesses which acupuncture can be useful for, backed up by clinical trials.
Acupuncture can be a useful resource in the treatment programme for many sports-related injuries, as well as other types of musculo-skeletal problems. Acupuncture is thought to help with soft tissue damage by increasing the local blood flow to the injury site, reducing inflammation and speeding up recovery. In addition, the well-known pain relieving effects of acupuncture can be a welcome blessing.
A paper demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of acupuncture for sports injuries has been published, and is available here.