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Can acupuncture help with raynauds syndrome?

Q: I have what has been diagnosed as raynauds syndrome. my hand is numb and stings all the time. would acupuncture help?

 

A:  There are a number of studies, such as:
 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9077368
 
and
 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22516031
 
which are also included in our factsheet please click here


 
but as we conclude there, the evidence is not really conclusive enough to give any guarantee that acupuncture would be of benefit.
 
However, Chinese medicine looks at the functioning of the body in entirely different ways from orthodox medicine, and the theories, which are based on the flolw of energy called 'qi' in the body, can often provide treatment strategies where western medicine has nothing to offer. This is not to claim acupuncture will succeed where orthodox medicine failed; many conditions are just as difficult to treat in the eastern paradigm as they are are in the western one. The different understanding of human physiology and the different techniques often provide alternative approaches where western medicine has run out of options, and Raynauds Syndrome is a condition whose intractability means that sufferers are often left with few options.
 
Our best advice is to contact a BAcC member local to you and seek their advice face to face in whether they can help with the Raynauds as it manifests in your system. We are confident that they will give you an honest assessmenmt of whether acupuncture would be of benefit to you. 
 

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