TCM can be particularly effective for complex diseases with multiple causes, including metabolic diseases, chronic and degenerative conditions (such as joints) and age-related diseases. In the West, the most familiar TCM treatment method is acupuncture. Studies in the U.S. indicate that acupuncture can help relieve chronic low back pain, dental pain, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia and symptoms of osteoarthritis. It can assist in the resolving of emotional pain syndromes such as post-traumatic stress disorder, and used in conjunction with in-vitro fertilization can help achieve pregnancy.
In TCM, acupuncture has been used to adjust conditions ranging from emotional disorders (anxiety, depression) to digestive complaints (nausea, vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome). It can clear pain syndromes due to injury or associated with chronic degenerative diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. It can also be helpful in neurological problems such as Parkinson’s disease, and has also proved beneficial for promoting overall wellbeing.