Treating ‘mystery symptoms’

An estimated 1 in 5 patients today present with symptoms which go undiagnosed and find that without a diagnosis it’s difficult for their doctor to advise on treatment. This often leads to continued suffering and can feel like a hopeless situation without a solution. However recent research at Exeter University has reported that acupuncture is an effective form of treatment that appears to work for people suffering with unexplained symptoms and participants showed ‘a significant and sustained benefit’.

Researchers took a group of 80 adults with undiagnosed musculoskeletal problems, chronic pain, fatigue and emotional problems. Half of the group were given 12 acupuncture sessions over a period of 26 weeks and reported a ‘significantly improved overall wellbeing’, with further benefits such as new self-awareness about what caused stress in their lives, better diet and exercise. The other half acting as a control group reported the same benefits when they also received acupuncture treatments.

These positive results can often be seen after a series of acupuncture treatments and in my experience benefits can be far reaching. With Chinese Medicine the diagnosis of a disease is not required, instead we want to get to the root cause of the problem and so we look at all relevant information, the symptom as well as the patients other general characteristics, physical, mental and emotional. This leads to a detailed understanding of the whole person, and a diagnosis of imbalances, which can then be treated.

As an acupuncturist I would say that a large majority of the people I see will present with some undiagnosed symptoms and often have various symptoms that they feel they just don’t want to bother their GP with. If you have any questions or would like to discuss if acupuncture could help you please email me or call me and I’ll be happy to have a chat with you.