Acne

In the UK, around 15 per 1,000 people have acne, usually starts in adolescence

Evidence pooled together in a systematic review has shown that acupuncture plus

moxibustion is safe and effective for the treatment of acne, and possibly better than

routine western medicine (Li 2009).

It is thought that acupuncture could help by reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors, enhancing natural killer cell activities and modulating the number and ratio of immune cell types, and increasing local microcirculation which aids dispersal of swelling.

 Download this factsheet for more information on how acupuncture can help with acne.

Allergic Rhinitis

The watery itching eyes, sneezing and wheezing that come with allergic rhinitis are all too familiar to some.

Acupuncture may help to reduce pain and congestion by stimulating the nervous system to make biochemical changes which regulate the response to allergens.

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Anxiety

Around one in six of us suffer from anxiety, including general anxiety, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. As well as emotional symptoms such as worry, disturbed sleep, irritability and poor concentration, anxiety can cause physical symptoms such as sweating, nausea,

diarrhoea, dry mouth, palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, cold hands,

muscle tension and aches, trembling and twitching.

Most drug treatments for anxiety come with side-effects. Acupuncture is a safe treatment that may benefit anxiety sufferers by stimulating the body’s biochemistry into balance.

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Arrythmias and Heart Failure

A cardiac arrhythmia is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat.

Research has shown that acupuncture can help in many ways, including minimising myocardial injury, suppressing adrenaline and noradrenaline to prevent a racing heart, regulating the autonomic nervous system and parts of the brain which govern the which govern the heart, mediating the heart rate, and reducing inflammation.

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Chronic pain

In 2018 meta-analysis of 39 trials inclucuding 20,827 patients concluded that acupuncture was an effective treatment for chronic pain, and that the effects of treatment lasted, with only a small decrease, approximately 15%, in treatment effect after a year. Four common conditions were covered in this study; nonspecific musculoskeletal pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headache, and shoulder pain.

This factsheet, produced before this research, gives more infromation about how acupuncture can help with chronic pain.