Acid reflux

Gastro-oesophageal reflux (GORD), also known as acid reflux, is a common relapsing condition caused by repeated reflux of the contents of the stomach. Some patients have the reflux symptoms; others have evidence of mucosal damage (oesophagitis) with or without symptoms; a small minority have complications such as bleeding or stricture.

For more information on how acupuncture may be able to help with the symptoms of GORD or acid reflux, please download this factsheet.

Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)

Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) is a common, painful, disabling condition that may last for months or years. The most common symptoms are pain, stiffness, and limitation of active and passive shoulder movements (particularly external rotation of the joint). These may be severe enough to interfere with everyday activities (driving, dressing or sleeping are the most common) and may prevent some people from working.

For more information on how acupuncture may be able to help with the symptoms of frozen shoulder, please download this factsheet. 

Angina pectoris

Coronary heart disease (also known as ischaemic heart disease, and also occurring as angina pectoris and myocardial infarction) occurs when cholesterol builds up in the coronary arteries and atherosclerotic plaques form. Over time, this causes narrowing and hardening of the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart. Over 80,000 people die each year from coronary heart disease in the UK; it is the UK’s most predominant fatal disease, accounting for one in five deaths in men, and one in eight in women.

For more information on how acupuncture may be able to help with the symptoms of heart disease, please download this factsheet. 

Anxiety

Anxiety disorders include generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Symptoms include worry, disturbed sleep, irritability and poor concentration, and physical symptoms such as sweating, nausea, diarrhoea, dry mouth, dizziness, shortness of breath and trembling.

For more information on how acupuncture may be able to help with the symptoms of anxiety, please download this factsheet. 

Arthritis

Arthritis (also known as osteoarthritis) involves damage to articular cartilage and other structures in and around joints, including inflammation; the most commonly affected joints are the knee and the hip. About 10% of people aged over 55 in the UK have painful knee osteoarthritis associated with mild to moderate disability.

For more information on how acupuncture may be able to help with the symptoms of osteoarthritis, please download this factsheet. 

Assisted conception

Fertility treatment, or assisted conception/reproduction, includes a range of techniques from intra-uterine insemination, in vitro fertilisation (IVF), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), tubal flushing or laparoscopic ablation of endometrial deposits – depending on the cause of the infertility.

For more information on how acupuncture may be able to support through various assisted reproduction techniques, please download this factsheet.