What Can Acupuncture Help Treat? Here’s the 30 Most Popular Reasons People Use Acupuncture

1. Back Pain

As many as 50% of Americans claim to suffer from back pain during any given year. Lower back pain is also the leading cause of workplace disability worldwide.

There are many causes of back pain, including various muscle injuries, illnesses like arthritis, poor physical fitness, poor posture, and obesity.

Given the variety of causes of back pain – some of them curable by traditional medical science and some of them not – it’s no wonder that Americans are turning to alternative methods such as acupuncture for treating this unpleasant condition.

Acupuncture has a long history of treating body pains of all kinds. As one acupuncture patient put it, “After the first treatment, I felt great improvement! I have been able to control my back pain since the first visit…”

2. Smoking addiction

Around 18% of the American population smokes cigarettes, and all of them are going to die of lung cancer. Just kidding. But a tobacco and nicotine addiction is no laughing matter, as anyone who tries to quit soon learns.

People who try to reduce or eliminate their smoking habits usually experience many symptoms of withdrawal, including elevated feelings of stress on a day to day basis, irritability, trouble sleeping, weight gain, and more.

People who have quit smoking often turn to acupuncture to address these withdrawal issues. Acupuncture has many success stories involving stress reduction, and this includes stress from cigarette withdrawal. As acupuncturist Nicholas Sieben states in one of his success stories, “In addition to diminishing and ultimately eliminating the addictive behavior of smoking, he gained greater awareness into reasons why he smoked. He also developed greater capacity to withstand stress and anxiety in his life without needing to ‘self-medicate’ with cigarettes and alcohol.”

3. Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a condition where individuals suffer from a heightened and painful response to pressure at various points on the body. This condition is not fully understood by science, as the exact cause of it is unknown, and additional symptoms can vary within patients and include effects like sleep disturbance, joint stiffness, numbness and tingling, bowel problems, and more.

Given that such a wide array of debilitating symptoms can be caused by such a mysterious illness, it’s no wonder that this health problem would cause its sufferers to look outside scientific medicine for an answer, to holistic health practices like acupuncture.

One patient’s success story with acupuncture for fibromyalgia is encouraging: “After my first acupuncture appointment the pain in my hands was completely gone…”

4. Infertility

Health professional estimate that nearly 11% of the female population suffers from fertility issues when trying to get pregnant. Whilst the percentage may seem small, this still amounts to millions of women who want to become loving mothers but can’t.

There are many causes of infertility in both men and women. Some are understood, but not all of them. Up to 33% of medical infertility cases remain unexplained by doctors who consult with their patients.

There are a few potential options for people suffering from infertility, if a cause can be identified. There are some drug treatment plans that can boost fertility in both men and women. There are also options like IVF (in vitro fertilization).

Many individuals suffering from fertility issues choose acupuncture simply because medical science has failed to solve their problem. The traditional scientific medical options do not always result in a successful pregnancy that carries to term, and thus the patients turn to alternative medicine out of curiosity or even desperation.

There are many success stories with acupuncture and fertility online. In this funnily titled one, the author managed to get pregnant after just six short weeks of acupuncture treatments.

5. Weight loss

Obesity is a major issue in society today. More than 35% of adults in America today are obese, and statistics show that that number is probably going to keep rising before it falls.

Most of us have struggled with weight problems at one point or another in our lives. Whether it’s trying to lose 5 pounds or 50, we all know that weight loss takes not only a proper diet and exercise, but also lots of self-control to fight hunger and cravings for unhealthy food.

On this page full of encouraging testimonials about acupuncture for weight loss, not only are the patients satisfied with their treatments, but many of them have experienced unexpected health benefits from their acupuncture sessions as well.

6. Depression

Depression effects millions of Americans each year, and up to 7% of the general population suffers from major depressive disorder at any given time.

There are several possible causes of depression, ranging from inherited genetics that pre-dispose you to it, to life circumstances and stress that just seem out of control. Some scientists even believe that a poor diet can make you prone to depression as well.

Prescription anti-depressants may be appropriate for genetically-caused, severe lifelong depression. However, for lighter bouts of depression and negative emotions, acupuncture and similar holistic energy healing techniques have a good track record of producing positive results.

In this personal story of success from an acupuncture patient, Sheryl says, “When I first started acupuncture, I was counting the number of times in a day when I had depressive episodes. Now I’m counting the days in between episodes.”

Acupuncture hasn’t cured her depression entirely, but it has definitely made it more manageable.

7. Acne

Acne is the single most common skin disease in the United States. Some cases of acne are caused by irritants like makeup or household chemicals, whilst others are caused by food allergies or poor diets. But the vast majority of acne is caused by hormonal imbalances that occur when the human body goes through puberty.

Almost all of us have suffered from unwanted, ugly acne appearances at one time or another in our lives. But some unfortunate individuals suffer from severe acne. Cases like this can be both damaging to your skin as well as to your social confidence. People with severe acne know how hard it can be to socialize when you are afraid of other people finding you unattractive.

Whilst some people turn to hormone-effecting drugs to treat acne, and others turn to a variety of skin products both chemical and natural, some Americans turn to acupuncture instead.

There are many successful acne treatment stories with acupuncture that you can find floating around online. These stories almost all involve the use of acupuncture to balance the body’s hormonal system and thus cure the cause of the problem within the body, instead of treating the symptomatic skin outside of the body.

In this success story, Cary says “…the weekly acupuncture that I had and the daily herbs that I took transformed my skin from being a horrific plague to looking really perfect.”

8. General health and wellness

Who says you have to have a specific health problem in order to get acupuncture treatments?

Just as you can eat right and exercise regularly in order to prevent illness, you can also pre-emptively see an acupuncturist in order to avoid energy imbalances in your body that could lead to negative health conditions.

Some people just see their acupuncturist on a regular schedule whether they are sick or not, because balancing your energy levels can lead to enhanced mood and daily energy levels.

Many patients also visit an acupuncture clinic looking for relief from one disorder, only to discover that there are many unseen benefits in other areas of life as well.

As one patient put it, “I feel the energy being stimulated in my body during and after a treatment…” from her clinician.

9. Face lift

That’s right, face lifts aren’t just the work of surgeons anymore. They’re also the work of acupuncturists around the country.

Perhaps the reason why so many Americans are searching for acupuncture facial rejuvenation options is because traditional cosmetic surgery is so expensive – putting itself out of the price range of most normal adults who don’t have thousands to spend on such things.

It’s well known that acupuncture has been used to treat all sorts of health issues, including general stress which is known to cause premature wrinkles, as well as skin conditions themselves.

On this website advertising their facial rejuvenation acupuncture procedure, you can see before and after pictures and judge for yourself whether the treatment is worth it.

10. Anxiety

There are many different specific anxiety disorders that people suffer from. Altogether, almost 20 percent of the US population suffers from one form of anxiety or another at some point in their lives.

Most of us experience normal levels of anxiety throughout our daily lives when faced with fear-inducing events like public speaking or going to a job interview, or approaching a member of the opposite sex.

But for some who suffer from severe anxiety, or a severe anxiety disorder, it can be a strongly restricting force on our social life and our personal success.

Many people turn to acupuncture for its treatment of severe emotions like anxiety because of traditional science and psychology’s failure to adequately address these destructive emotions. Some patients spend years in traditional therapy and never really achieve any relief from their debilitating emotional states.

In this story of emotional triumph thanks to the healing art of acupuncture, one patient says “It’s been about 7 months since I began [acupuncture treatments] and I haven’t had any panic attacks in the past 5 months.”

11. Tendonitis

Tendonitis is an acute injury of a tendon that results in inflammation, pain, and decreased mobility in the affected area of the body. This usually occurs at joints such as your elbow or wrist, and is often caused by sports-related injuries.

Tendonitis is a painful condition that can limit your ability to perform daily household chores and physical labor that involves the use of the affected body part.

Typical medical treatment of tendon injuries involves taking anti-inflammatory pills to sooth the swelling, and plenty of rest and relaxation of the muscles and joints involved.

For anyone involved in manual labor where time off work is not an option, acupuncture may be able to hasten the healing process.

One patient explains succinctly that a single session of acupuncture made her previously immobile hand “completely better” after four weeks of unhelpful physical therapy.

12. Pregnancy issues

There are all sorts of things that can go wrong with a pregnancy, or just simply make a pregnant woman’s life more miserable. Everyone knows that pregnancy brings morning sickness, but that’s really the least of an expecting mother’s worries. Most important are that she avoids all the complications that can come with pregnancy that negatively affect the health of the baby, and some that even threaten her safety.

Women choose acupuncture to increase the health of their pregnancy simply because there are so many things that can go wrong, and so many conflicting sources of information out there for pregnant women to discriminate between. For instance, what should a pregnant woman really eat? How much should she exercise? What should she do to maximize the health of the baby? Every source of health information out there seems to have conflicting answers to these questions.

What better way to reduce negative symptoms of pregnancy and to promote overall health of the baby than to balance the internal energy of the mother’s body by using acupuncture?

On this page of testimonials, the authors share multiple success stories of acupuncture patients being treated for everything from morning sickness, to cramps, back pain, and more.

13. Menopause

Every woman knows that she will one day face the age of menopause, which occurs anywhere between your 40’s and 50’s.

Menopause is the end of a woman’s fertility as her body undergoes hormonal and other biological changes.

For many women, these changes bring about unwanted symptoms such as hot flashes, emotional instability, poor sleep, and lower energy.

In this unique story of a woman who suffered from early menopause at the age of only 27, she shares her story of success not only overcoming unwanted symptoms of hormonal changes, but also achieving pregnancy with the help of acupuncture – despite her doctors claiming that she was infertile.

14. Insomnia

Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep throughout the night. As much as 30% of the population suffers from insomnia at one point or another in their lives.

Insomnia has many potential causes, including general causes like stress or ill moods. It also has many drawbacks for the sufferers of this condition, as a lack of sleep can hinder your ability to perform well in any area of life.

This success story from an acupuncture patient speaks for itself: “After only a few weeks, my sleep patterns became completely regular. I feel asleep easily and remained asleep, uninterrupted, all night.”

15. Headaches and migraines

Everyone has suffered from regular headaches at one point or another in their life. But some people have the unfortunate experience of suffering from extreme headaches, known as migraines.

Somewhere around 10% of the American population suffers from migraines at least once in their lifetime. Migraines are very painful and can be completely debilitating for the sufferers, often leading to poor job performance and inability to function on anything productive at all.

There are many potential causes of migraines, ranging from food allergies, to general stress, to hormonal changes that are experienced regularly by women. The cause of a specific migraine can often be hard to identify unless a pattern of cause and effect can be identified in your life. For some people, the direct cause of your migraines may never be identified.

One school teacher shares her success story with acupuncture for her migraines. In her words, “After starting acupuncture, I didn’t get my first migraine for 6 weeks… It was the longest I have gone without a headache in 15 years.”

16. Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a ringing in the ears that can both annoy you and seriously disrupt your hearing capability. Around 10% of the US population experiences at least one minor case of tinnitus each year.

The cause of tinnitus is usually regular hearing damage, often caused by close proximity of the ear to loud noises. Tinnitus is a very common experience of soldiers returning from foreign tours, as close proximity to loud gunshots and explosions takes its toll on their ears. Because of this, millions of soldiers commonly suffer from some level of hearing loss by the time they are discharged from the armed forces.

Hearing loss is also common for elderly people, and for people who regularly expose themselves to loud noises.

Tinnitus is a difficult issue to treat, for both conventional and alternative medicine. The people over at acupuncturetoday.com even admit that tinnitus is one of the more difficult health complaints to get a positive response from with acupuncture. However, they also describe a scientific study in which several patients did receive an improvement or even cure for their tinnitus issues.

Given that hearing damage is such a hard condition to treat even for conventional medicine, it’s no wonder that Americans are turning to acupuncture and other holistic healing techniques in an effort to find relief.

17. Stress relief

We all suffer from various levels of stress at any given time in our life. As the Buddha discovered 2500 years ago, simply being alive on this planet seems to be a source of suffering for all human beings.

Stress is caused by just about everything. Or rather, it can be caused by our personal emotional reaction to just about everything.

Anything that we dislike will generally cause us stress. And especially major events in life that are unexpected or unwanted. Decades ago, a pair of psychiatrists came up with an official ranking of the most stressful events that can occur in life, and proved scientifically that stressful events in life are correlated to health problems in the future. Among the most stressful events were death of a loved one, marriage or divorce, and being fired from your job.

Most acupuncture patients don’t go in simply for stress relief, but for relief of a specific medical condition. They later discover that as acupuncture helps remove that medical problem from their life, their life becomes less stressful as a result. This is because health problems are themselves a major source of stress in anyone’s life, and removing them therefore brings great relief.

18. Hair loss

As many as 40% of men will have some amount of hair loss by age 35, and 65% of men by age 60. A similar number of women will also experience hair loss at some point in their lives. And as we age, the statistics say that some amount of hair loss is almost unavoidable for all of us.

While many people suffer from genetic hair loss that is passed down to them from their parents, others suffer from premature hair loss due to extreme stress or other unhealthy conditions. Hair loss can also coincide with the onset of various diseases that drag down many of the functions of the body.

In this clinical report from a natural health clinic, the author describes multiple success stories using acupuncture to prevent hair loss.

19. TMJ

TMJ is a broad term that covers many types of pain or dysfunction in the muscles of the jaw that are involved in chewing. Estimates for the number of effected sufferers vary greatly, but somewhere between 3 and 10 million people probably suffer from TMJ during any given year.

Because TMJ is an umbrella term that really just means “jaw pain”, it can be caused by potentially many different factors, from relatively minor causes like simply sore muscles from too much or too little chewing, to major causes like dental or jaw injury.

Many people use acupuncture for treating pain and injury of all sorts, and injury of the jaw is no different. In this forum online, one user shared his success story using acupuncture for TMJ. According to him, “The acupuncture was very successful in reducing the pain. It has been several days now since the treatment and the pain is still greatly reduced.”

20. Autism

About 1% of the world population suffers from some variety of the autism spectrum, ranging from very mild to very severe. Autism can be a serious constraining factor on an individual’s success in life, both socially and professionally, even if the autism is only mild in effect.

Autism typically causes abnormal behavioral issues in the sufferer. Symptoms include difficulty in language and communication, and a difficulty developing new skills properly.

In this translated video testimonial, one mother tells the success story of her young child’s behavioral improvements provided by acupuncture treatments.

21. Nausea

Everyone experiences nausea at one time or another in their life. Whether it’s caused by a virus like the flu, or food poisoning, or digestion issues, or the ever-so-common morning sickness during pregnancy, we’ve all had this unwanted experience that can keep us home sick from school or work for days at a time.

Most people don’t get acupuncture for a one-off bout of nausea, such as that caused by an illness that only lasts for a few days.

However, there are many success stories involving acupuncture for morning sickness used by pregnant women. Since morning sickness can last for months, it can definitely be worth it to try out a holistic approach like acupuncture where regular medicine may fail.

On this page full of testimonials involving acupuncture for various pregnancy issues, there are several testimonials written by pregnant women who tell of acupuncture’s success for resolving their morning sickness nausea.

22. Fibroids

Fibroids are a uterine issue that can often occur during or after pregnancy. A fibroid is a non-cancerous growth composed of the muscle cells of the uterus. Symptoms include pain and discomfort in the pelvic area, menstrual problems, and possible constipation or urination problems. Doctors are unsure exactly how many women will have fibroids in their lifetime because only a fraction of them actually become painful enough for a woman to notice.

The typical treatment of fibroids involves drugs that can reduce pain of swelling in the affected area. Also, drugs that effect hormone levels may be prescribed, since the hormonal changes during pregnancy are thought to be a major cause of fibroids. Finally, in desperate circumstances, surgery may be an option to remove the growth from the uterus if it is unable to be gotten rid of through other means.

People use acupuncture to balance the body’s energy system and heal all sorts of negative health conditions. Many patients use acupuncture to treat hormonal issues, and as hormones are thought to be a possible major contributor to fibroid development, it only makes sense that people would be interested in using acupuncture to get rid of fibroids.

According to acupuncturist Maggie Ju, a Chinese study of acupuncture on fibroids met with resounding success: 80% of cases resulted in healing of the condition, and 16% of the remaining cases had improvement.

23. Asthma

Around 8% of the US population suffers from mild to severe asthma. Asthma causes you to experience coughing, wheezing, discomfort in the chest and lungs, difficulty breathing, and other throat-related issues. Severe asthma attacks can lead to lack of oxygen in the blood due to lowered airflow through the lungs, which can cause unconsciousness and eventual death.

Typical treatments for asthma are for the sufferer to carry an asthma inhaler at all times. Many people have tried to treat asthma by changing their diets or protecting themselves from air pollution.

An acupuncture treatment for asthma may include herbal treatments as well. One study found that a certain combination of Chinese herbs treated asthma almost as well as a leading prescription drug – but without any of the negative side effects.

One man tells an inspiring story of how his acupuncturist used her magic needles to cure the asthma problems that almost ruined his career: “After the treatment I felt I could breathe better… I haven’t used my inhaler and I haven’t had even one asthma attack at all in 6 months!”

24. Arthritis

Arthritis is a joint disorder that is characterized by inflammation of one or more joints throughout your body. An inflamed joint is often painful and not able to engage in a full range of motion. Somewhere around 20% of Americans will suffer from at least one form of arthritis at one point in their lives.

The primary causes of arthritis are injury of the joints, and old age. The good news is that acupuncture and other energy healing techniques can be used to both age gracefully, and to remove pain and inflammation such as the type that occurs in joint-related injuries that can lead to arthritis.

In this testimonial from an acupuncture patient, she tells the story of her arthritis pain relief by using acupuncture for only a few weeks.

25. High blood pressure

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can be caused by a specific disorder in the body or simply be a standalone condition that develops over many years, often as people age. Hypertension can be related to a myriad of different health problems that all come with their own risks.

As many as 30% of the general population will suffer from high blood pressure at any given time in their lives. The most common treatment that is prescribed for high blood pressure is prescription drugs that can lower your blood pressure. If you are overweight, a change in diet to lose weight will often be recommended. And smokers are encouraged to quit smoking if at all possible.

In this story of success, a woman tells the story of how she tried acupuncture out of desperation, and discovered that it not only helped her chronic pain issues, but also lowered her high blood pressure into a healthy range.

26. Allergies

We all suffer from allergies occasionally in our life. Most people are allergic to some kind of animal like cats or dogs, or allergic to some kind of pollen that is prevalent in the wind during a certain season depending on where you live. There’s also food allergies that can cause irritation and all manner of annoying symptoms.

Whilst most people’s allergies aren’t incredibly destructive to their overall health, they still aren’t fun for anyone. Sneezing because of animal dander or getting hives from a food allergy can ruin the rest of your day.

Whilst medical science is not fully able to explain why people have the allergies they do, in the holistic healing world we understand that allergies are often caused by subconscious belief systems. This is proven by the fact that allergies can be both removed and created via hypnosis.

Thankfully, acupuncture can also help with allergies by balancing the body’s energy system, which can help release negative emotions that hold destructive beliefs in the mind. In this story of success, one anonymous patient explains how a single acupuncture session granted him years of relief from allergies.

27. Period problems

There are all manner of menstrual problems that women of all ages can suffer from. In fact, there’s so many that it would take pages just to list and describe them all. This is because there are a myriad of bodily changes that can occur due to hormonal fluctuation, and nobody experiences more hormonal changes than a woman on her period.

Acupuncture can help balance your hormones and return your functioning to normal. On this page of many success stories, multiple women tell the tale of how acupuncture solved their various period problems.

28. Sinus infections

Nobody enjoys having their breathing made difficult and the throbbing headaches that come with a sinus infection. Whether it’s caused by a common cold or by something more serious, a sinus infection is always a big pain in the face. As many as 4% of the US population suffers from a form of sinusitis each year. Some unlucky individuals suffer from sinus problems almost every winter when the weather gets cold.

In this success story, one acupuncture patient is amazed by the results: “The first winter I got acupuncture treatments and herbs was my first winter in 18 years I had no sinus infection or headache.”

29. Pulled muscles

Strained muscles are common in all types of sports as well as general weight lifting and exercise. They usually happen when you try to physically push yourself beyond your normal capacity. A pulled muscle can result in extraordinary pain in the affected area and often complete immobility of the muscle or joints involved.

The usual treatment for strained muscles is simply rest and relaxation for up to several weeks. Muscles that have been strained tend to heal naturally by themselves without much medical intervention. Doctors may prescribe painkillers to relieve your discomfort.

Thankfully, acupuncture can also relieve your discomfort and hasten the healing process. People have been using acupuncture to reduce pain literally for ages. And as a balanced energy system promotes all manner of healing, a pulled muscle will have a better chance of speedy recovery with appropriate energy therapy such as acupuncture.

On this page full of acupuncture testimonials, several individuals share their stories of recovery from muscle injuries with acupuncture.

30. Neurological disorders

This is a big category. Too big to go into great detail about one issue or another. There are an almost endless number of things that can go wrong with your brain. Some of these things are caused by inherited genetics, flawed fetal development, hormonal problems, malnutrition, brain deterioration with age, and a myriad of other reasons.

There may not be success stories available for every possible neurological disorder out there. After all, using acupuncture to balance the body’s energy system can only do so much to promote healing in the body – but it doesn’t guarantee it.

In my own life, a talented acupressure therapist was able to greatly relieve an anxiety disorder that I personally suffered from for years. But the same acupressure was impotent at treating a few other brain-based problems that I suffered from – ones that I eventually had to use prescription drugs to treat.

Acupuncture may or may not be useful at treating your specific disorder. However, it cannot hurt to try some form of energy healing for your problems – especially if they are so far unresponsive to Western medicine and regular clinical treatment.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this list of the 30 biggest health problems that Americans seek out acupuncture to treat. There are many more health issues out there that have countless success stories with acupuncture and other holistic and energetic health techniques. If you suffer from something on this list or something else that’s not, I encourage you to give acupuncture a try. You might discover that it provides you with newfound relief that no regular doctor has been able to give you.