What we Treat

At Cycle of Life Acupuncture Caloundra & Buderim, we offer Comprehensive, Gentle and Compassionate care relevant to your health. Working with you, Erica creates a treatment plan which best suits your needs. Using an Integrative approach by collaborating with your General Practitioner, Fertility Specialist, Chiropractor, Naturopath, Bowen Therapist, etc. we offer preventative medicine by giving supportive lifestyle and nutritional advice to address your health. It is the Preventative treatments which ensure our patients are at their optimal level of health.

A recent comparative literature review, The Acupuncture Evidence Project, examined the strength of evidence supporting the use of acupuncture for 122 conditions and rated them as “evidence of positive effect” (8 conditions) “evidence of potential positive effect” (38 conditions), “unclear” (71 conditions) and “no evidence of effect” (5 conditions). The Acupuncture Evidence Project can be downloaded free from www.acupuncture.org.au. While this classification does not necessarily indicate what acupuncture can and cannot treat, it does reflect the current state of acupuncture research quality.

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Positive:
Low Back Pain (chronic)
Knee Osteoarthritis pain

Potential Positive:
Low Back Pain (acute)
Sciatica
Neck Pain
Shoulder Pain
Elbow Pain
Heel Pain
Temperomandibular pain (TMJ) pain
Restless leg Syndrome

Unclear:
Ankle Sprain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Fibromyalgia
Whiplash

Respiratory Disorders

Potential Positive:
Asthma (in adults)

Neurological Disorders

Positive:
Migraine (prevention)
Headache (tension-type and chronic)

Potential Positive:
Acute stroke (cardiovascular accident – CVA)
Stroke rehabilitation
Post-stroke spasticity
Post-stroke insomnia
Post-stroke shoulder pain

Unclear:
Bell’s palsy
Parkinson’s disease

Pediatric Health

There is currently a lack of quality research on acupuncture for paediatrics. While there is some research for the effectiveness of acupuncture in the following conditions, the evidence level is currently “unclear”:
Unclear:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Mumps
Slowing progression of myopia

Reproductive Disorders

The role of acupuncture in Reproductive disorders has not yet been the subject of extensive research
Infertility (Men & Women)
Menstrual Irregularities
PMS
Impotence
Low Libido
Advanced Maternal Age

IVF/IUI Support

There is some research support for the effectiveness of acupuncture in the following conditions, but the evidence level is currently “unclear”:

Unclear:
Assisted conception in IVF and other forms of assisted reproduction technology (ART)
Oocyte retrieval (egg pick up) pain

Pre & Post Transfer Support
Inhibit uterine contraction
Improve Blood circulation
in the uterus
Reduce stress levels
Improve Ovarian function
to produce follicles of better
quality
Decrease side effects of hormones
Headaches
Fatigue
Discomfort

Circulatory Disorders

Potential positive:
Hypertension (in conjunction with medication)

Cancer Therapy Support

Positive:
Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV)

Potential Positive:
Cancer-related fatigue
Joint pain as an adverse effect of aromatase-inhibitor medications
Recovery after colorectal cancer surgery

Unclear:
Cancer-related pain
Cancer-related insomnia
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy
Chemotherapy-induced immune suppression
Hot flushes in breast cancer
Cancer-related dry mouth
Cancer-related psychological symptoms

Auto-Immune Disorders

(Management of)
Lupus
Sjogren’s Syndrome
Hashimoto’s Disease
Grave’s Disease
Crohn’s Disease
Rheumatoid Arthritis

Obstetrics/Gynecology

Potential positive:
Back or pelvic pain during pregnancy
Labour pain
Menopausal hot flushes
Insomnia related to menopause

Unclear:
Dysmenorrhoea
Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
Polycystic ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Induction of Labour
Hyperemesis gravidarum
Primary ovarian insufficiency
Uterine fibroids

Mental/Emotional Disorders

Potential Positive:
Anxiety
Depression (mild and moderate)
Insomnia
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Schizophrenia (in conjunction with medication)
Smoking cessation (up to 3 months)

Unclear:
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Alzheimers disease
Vascular dementia
Opioid detoxification

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Potential positive:
Constipation
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Obesity

Unclear:
Dyspepsia
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Facial Rejuvenation

The role of acupuncture in beauty therapy such as facial rejuvenation has not yet been the subject of extensive research
Improve collagen
Reduce wrinkles
Facial sagging
Crow’s feet
Frown lines

Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Problems

The following conditions were rated as having “evidence of positive or potential positive effect” (moderate or high quality evidence) in a recent comparative literature review of systematic reviews of acupuncture research [The Acupuncture Evidence Project which can be downloaded from www.acupuncture.org.au] Positive:
Allergic rhinitis (seasonal/intermittent and persistent)

Potential positive:
Dry Eye

Unclear:
Meniere’s syndrome
Tinnitus
Sudden sensorineural hearing loss

General Health

Common Cold
Flu’s
Fatigue
Stress

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