The Eastern Medical Approach

What can be treated?

East Asian medicine is first of all “medicine” therefore it treats the same conditions Western medicine treats. It performs under a different set of principles but goals and results are shared.

 

In Asia both systems strictly collaborate to better serve patients. Some conditions are better healed by Western medicine, some others by Eastern medicine. Hospitals are often paired up and doctors of both systems interact to help each other.

 

In the West, due to lack of knowledge and regulations on the Eastern system, limitations apply. We don’t have hospitals that offer Eastern medicine, but mainly solo practitioners. In addition, the overall understanding of its competence is inadequate.

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MISCONCEPTION: Chinese medicine can only help with pain.

 

TRUTH: Chinese medicine is very successful in treating all conditions listed below and many more.

Acupuncture needles

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes over 90 conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to benefit from acupuncture.

• Abdominal pain

• Acne vulgaris

• Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy

• Alcohol dependence and detoxification

• Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)

• Bell’s palsy

• Biliary colic

• Bronchial asthma

• Cancer pain

• Cardiac neurosis

• Cholecystitis

• Cholelithiasis

• Competition stress syndrome • Craniocerebral injury

• Depression

• Diabetes mellitus

• Dysentery

• Dysmenorrhoea

• Earache

• Epidemic haemorrhagic fever

• Epigastralgia (peptic ulcer, gastritis)

• Epistaxis

• Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection

• Facial pain (craniomandibular disorders)

• Facial spasm

• Female infertility

• Female urethral syndrome

• Fibromyalgia and fasciitis

• Gastrokinetic disturbance

• Gouty arthritis

• Headache

• Hepatitis B virus carrier status

• Herpes zoster

• Hyperlipaemia

• Hypertension, essential

• Hypo-ovarianism

• Hypotension, primary

• Induction of labor

• Insomnia

• Knee pain

• Labor pain

• Lactation, deficiency

• Leukopenia

• Low back pain

• Male sexual dysfunction

• Malposition of fetus

• Ménière disease

• Morning sickness

• Nausea and vomiting

• Neck pain

• Neuralgia, post-herpetic

• Neurodermatitis

• Obesity

• Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence

• Osteoarthritis

• Pain due to endoscopic examination

• Pain in dentistry (dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)

• Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans

• Periarthritis of shoulder

• Polycystic ovary syndrome

• Postextubation in children

Postoperative convalescence

• Postoperative pain

• Premenstrual syndrome

• Prostatitis, chronic

• Pruritus

• Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome

• Raynaud syndrome

• Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection

• Reflex sympathetic dystrophy

• Renal colic

• Retention of urine, traumatic

• Rheumatoid arthritis

• Schizophrenia

• Sciatica

• Sialism, drug-induced

• Sjögren syndrome

• Sore throat (including tonsillitis)

• Spine pain, acute

• Sprain

• Stiff neck

• Stroke

• Temporomandibular joint dysfunction

• Tennis elbow

• Tietze syndrome

• Tobacco dependence

• Tourette syndrome

• Ulcerative colitis

• Urolithiasis

Vascular dementia

• Whooping cough (pertussis)