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Commonly Treated Conditions
Some of the many conditions that can be effectively treated with acupuncture are listed below:

  Pain Conditions  
   Arthritis (osteo and/or rheumatoid)
   Back Pain (disc issues, soft tissue trauma, spinal stenosis etc.)                 

       - reduction of pain; prevention of migraine relapse, and prevention of     
         migraine aggravation. 5
   Musculoskeletal Pain (shoulder pain, neck pain, hip pain etc.)
   Nerve Impingement (carpal tunnel, sciatica, thoracic outlet etc.)
   Plantar Fasciitis/Fasciosis
   Sports Injuries

  Mental/Emotional and Neurological Conditions
Addictive behaviors (eating disorders, quitting smoking/drugs/alcohol etc.)
  Anxiety and Depression

- reduction of severity of depression symptoms in pregnancy related depression. 3
   - reduction of IL-1 beta serum concentrations (IL-1 beta is an inflammatory cytokine associated with 

  Bell's Palsy  
  Bipolar Disorder 

  Multiple Sclerosis
  Post-stroke sequelae

       - reduction of PTSD symptoms including depression, anxiety and impairment.10
  Withdrawal from psychiatric medications including SSRIs, Benzodiazepines


   Digestive Conditions
   Crohn's Disease

       - reduction of serum markers of inflammation (C-reactive protein and alpha-1-glycoprotein)
       - improved quality of life and general well-being

- decreased Crohn's Disease Activity Index score (a research index that quantifies the physical    
         symptoms of CD).1
   - upregulation of the expression of intestinal epithelial tight junction proteins and their mRNAs.18
       - reduction of abdominal pain/discomfort
       - reduction of intestinal gas and bloating; improved stool consistency. 2

   Sugar cravings

    Respiratory Conditions
    Colds and flus
    Post-viral loss of smell

      - improved olfactory function. 14

   Reproductive Health
   Breech babies   

       - reduction of pain intensity; improved quality of life. 6, 7

   Infertility (including IVF protocol support)
   Interstitial cystitis
   Irregular periods
   Lactation support
   Menopausal/perimenopausal symptoms

      - reduction of hot flashes, and psychological, somatic and urogenital symptoms of menopause. 16
      - increased serum estradiol levels and decreased luteinizing hormone levels. 17

   Morning sickness
   Painful periods

       - induction of regular ovulation.8
       - increased blood flow to ovaries; reduction of ovarian volume and the number of ovarian cysts; 
         decreased blood glucose and insulin levels; reduction of cortisol levels; assistance with weight loss.

   Additional Conditions 
Autoimmune conditions
   Chronic Fatigue
Oncology support (reduce nausea and fatigue, strengthen immune system, alleviate side effects etc.)
       - reduction of dry mouth. 11

     - reduction of hot flashes in women operated for breast cancer and treated with Tamoxifen. 15
   Preoperative care
       - cardioprotective effect in heart-valve replacement patients. 12
   Postoperative care
       - reduction of pain and dysfunction in post-neck dissection oncology patients. 11
       - reduction of post-operative nausea and vomiting.
Thyroid conditions

There are many more conditions that can be helped by acupuncture; please call (206) 200-3467 or email mollyconnelly@gmail.com with any questions.

1.  Joos S, Brinkhaus B, Maluche C, et al.
Acupuncture and moxibustion in the treatment of active Crohn's disease: a randomized controlled study. Digestion. 2004; 69(3):131-9. Epub 2004 Apr 26.
2.  Anastasi JK, McMahon DJ, KIM GH. Symptom management for irritable bowel syndrome: a pilot randomized controlled trial of acupuncture/moxibustion. Gastroenterol Nurs. 2009 Jul-Aug;32(4):243-55.
Manber R, Schnyer RN, Lyell D, et al. Acupuncture for depression during pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial.Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Mar;115(3):511-20.
4. Song C, Halbreich U, Han C, et al. Imbalance between pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines, and between Th1 and Th2 cytokines in depressed patients:the effect of electroacupuncture or fluoxetine treatment. Pharmacopsychiatry. 2009 Sep;42(5):182-8.
5. Li Y, Liang F, Yang X, et al. Acupuncture for treating acute attacks of migraine: a randomized controlled trial. Headache. 2009 Jun;49(6):805-16.
6. Rubi-Klein K, Kucera-Sliutz E, Nissel H, et al. Is acupuncture in addition to conventional medicine effective as pain treatment for endometriosis? A randomized controlled cross-over trial. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2010 Aug 20.
7. Wayne PM, Kerr CE, Schnyer RN, et al. Japanese-style acupuncture for endometriosis-related pelvic pain in adolescents and young women: results of a randomized sham-controlled trial. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2008 Oct;(21)5:247-57.
8. Stener-Victorin E, Waldenstrom U, Tagnfors U, et. al. Effects of electro-acupuncture on anovulation in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2000 Mar;(79)3:180-8.
9. Lim CE, Wong WS. Current evidence of acupuncture on polycystic ovarian syndrome. Gynecol Endocrinol. 2010 Jun;26(6):473-8.
10. Hollifield M, Sinclair-Lian N, Warner TD, et al. Acupuncture for post-traumatic stress disorder: a randomized controlled pilot trial. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2007 Jun;195(6):504-13.
11. Pfister DG, Cassileth BR, Deng GE, et al. Acupuncture for pain and dysfunction after neck dissection: results of a randomized controlled trial. J Clin Oncol. 2010 May 20;28(15):2565-70.
12. Yang L, Yang J, Wang Q, et al. Cardioprotective of electroacupuncture pretreatment on patients undergoing heart valve replacement surgery: a randomized controlled trial. Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 Mar;89(3):781-6.
13. Larson JD, Gutowski KA, Marcus BC, et al. The effect of electroacustimulation on postoperative nausea, vomiting, and pain in outpatient plastic surgery patients: a prospective, randomized, blinded, clinical trial. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Mar;125(3):989-94.
14. Vent J, Wang DW, Damm M. Effects of traditional Chinese acupuncture in post-viral olfactory dysfunction. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Apr;142(4):505-9.
15. Hervik J, Mjaland O. Acupuncture for the treatment of hot flashes in breast cancer patients, a randomized, controlled trial. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2009 Jul;116(2):311-6.
16. Kim KH, Kang KW, Kim DI, et al. Effects of acupuncture on hot flashes in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women - a multicenter randomized clinical trial. Menopause. 2010 Mar;17(2):228-30.
17. Sunay D, Ozdiken M, Arslan H, et al. The effect of acupuncture on postmenopausal symptoms and reproductive hormones: a sham controlled clinical trial. Acupunct Med. 2011;29:27-31.
18. Shang HX, Wang AQ, Bao CH, et al. Moxibustion combined with acupuncture increase tight junction protein expression in Crohn's disease patients. World J Gastroenterol. 2015 Apr 28;21(16):4986-96.