What Can Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Treat?

Acupuncture often requires patients to look at health from a new perspective. Many of us are used to Western medicine which focuses on what’s sick and broken, on killing the pathogen.  Western “health” is about getting us back to where we were before the bad thing happened. It’s great at this and I’m thankful for it. However, “health” in Eastern medicine is about strengthening the body’s natural intelligence so that it can employ its resources more effectively to encourage wellness, prevent illness, and put out its own fires. It’s about improving basic life functions: circulating blood, calming the nervous system, improving sleep and the digestive process, reducing stress. If our bodies are operating at peak potential we shouldn’t be sick, we shouldn’t be in pain, and we shouldn’t be agitated, tense and cranky. Sounds good, right?

Every now and then I come across someone who declares they “don’t believe in acupuncture.”  And that's great - it's important for our health and well being to ask questions, to remain a bit skeptical about certain claims.  To those people I'll gently point out that  canine acupuncture has been repeatedly proven effective and none of the dogs claim they believe in it either. Fortunately for them, acupuncture doesn’t require a person’s (or puppy’s) belief.

And fortunately for you and me, the World Health Organization lists the following symptoms, diseases and conditions to be treated effectively by acupuncture:



  • Sports injuries
  • Muscle pain
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Leg, ankle and foot pain
  • Arm, wrist and hand pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Jaw pain (TMJ)
  • Dental pain
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Postoperative pain

Respiratory Complaints

  • Sinusitis
  • Allergies

Digestive Issues & Nausea

  • Heartburn, Acid Reflux
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic indigestion
  • Chronic loose stools or constipation
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Reproductive Issues

  • Infertility
  • Increased efficacy of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

Dermatological Conditions

  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema (Pompholyx, Stasis, Atopic Dermatitis)
  • Dermatitis
  • Rosacea
  • Herpes Simplex and Herpes Zoster
  • Lichen Planus
  • Viral Warts
  • Perioral Dermatitis


  • Addiction Control
  • Athletic Performance
  • Blood Pressure Regulation
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Immune System Toning
  • Stress Reduction
  • Raynaud's Disease


Conditions We Treat - Atha Wellness in Kirkland, WA 

Anne Gordon offers Acupuncture and injections, Facial Rejuvenation in Kirkland, WA


Atha Wellness offers acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Kirkland, WA, specializing in dermatology and women's health

Make an acupuncture appointment at Atha Wellness in Kirkland, WA

607 Market St
Suite A
Kirkland, WA 98033 

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