Why Use Chinese Medicine?

Why Use Chinese Medicine?

Treatment with Chinese medicine is a safe, evidence based, cost effective contribution towards patient outcomes, particularly when combined with existing mainstream medical treatments.

The World Heath Organisation lists over 90 diseases and disorders for which acupuncture has been proved through controlled trials to be an effective treatment and for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown that also need further controlled clinical trials. This list includes:

  • allergic rhinitis, including hay fever
  • dysmenorrhoea
  • facial, knee and low back pain
  • insomnia
  • malposition of a foetus
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • postoperative pain
  • substance dependancy, including tobacco

In addition to the WHO findings, the Cochrane Collaboration, a well respected organisation that carries out and publishes systematic reviews into the effectiveness of medical treatments, has so far found evidence that acupuncture may have a beneficial effect on the following conditions:

  • chronic lower back pain
  • migraines
  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • nausea and vomiting after chemotherapy
  • nausea and vomiting after surgery
  • neck pain
  • osteoarthritis
  • tension-type headaches

We have compiled a series of fact sheets on conditions commonly treated with Chinese medicine to provide general information on the Chinese medicine approach to treatment and a list of clinical trials.