Conditions that Acupuncture can Help

This is a list of ailments and conditions that respond well to the treatments offered by Denise Delaney at her Galway Acupuncture Clinic.


Considered a condition in its own right, anxiety is known as part of the ‘Shen’ disorders, or as a symptom of other patterns that our human bodies can manifest. Based on thousands of years of knowledge and practice, we have a wealth of avenues open to us to help you. Such a legacy is testament to the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment option, which today, is scientifically proven via research and modern technology such as MRI’s. Fundamentally, we believe peace of heart and mind is a basic requisite for our lives, hence it is a vitally important part of our assessments, considerations and treatments for all clients. Anxiety is well versed, but our approach is unique, not only as a way forward but as a recognition that each person is there own unique bundle that can be calmed.


Cancer in 2008 according to The World Health organisation was the cause of 7.6 million deaths worldwide which equals thirteen percent of the global population. Unfortunately it is estimated that the death rate from cancer will hit 13.1 million by 2030. Actual figures suggest that up to 30% of cancers are caused by the use of tobacco, excessive alcohol intake, unhealthy diet, lack of physical exercise, high BMI, obesity, air pollution and sexually transmitted diseases. However while there are some explanatory reasons such as tobacco smoke on lung cancer, looking at general global statistics, cancer rates are in the most distributed unevenly. For example, the Western hemisphere has witnessed an increase in certain cancers such as Non Hodgkinsons Lymphoma but a decrease in Stomach cancer. No matter what type of cancer a person develops, such world-wide sobering statistics leave no uncertainty that this is an issue that is getting closer to home quicker than we think. Yet we as acupuncturists can help your journey, by making it easier to endure. Get in touch with me and have a chat. Your quality of life upon this pathway can be better enhanced as supported by the World Health Organisation.


The old saying ‘you are what you eat’ has some truth, yet why is it if we change our dietary habits, take supplements and exercise it quite often is not enough to remedy a digestive disorder that has occurred. Over the counter products are easily available to aid us in some of the immediate acute problems such as vomiting and diarrhoea, but long term issues such as chronic constipation, ulcerative colitis or stomach ulcers are not so easily helped in this way. In fact, a recent study published in October 2014, referred to by the United European Gastroenterology (UEG), shows that digestive disorders affect over one quarter of Europe and our ability to go to work. The question is, can acupuncture help? Yes it can.

The pathophysiology of digestive disorders in Chinese medicine known as ‘yun bua’ is long written about and more recently studied in several areas by means of clinical trials. In fact, the World Health Organisation (WHO) have specifically reviewed, analysed and reported upon the valuable and comparable support and relief acupuncture provides for common gastroenterological symptoms across many disorders.

For example, epigastric pain – a common symptom experienced in stomach disorders such as peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis and gastric spasm. Acupuncture provides satisfactory relief, in fact ‘better ’relief than injections using morphine and atropine. For gastric spasm, acupuncture is comparable to the drug Domperidone.

Nausea and vomiting which may present in generalised conditions such as morning sickness, postoperative vomiting and nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, is relieved by receiving acupuncture specifically at point PC6 by having an ‘antiemetic’ effect. Consistent results across several clinical trials involving over 2000 patients support this completely. Irritable Colon syndrome / Irritable bowel syndrome and chronic ulcerative colitis shows’ that acupuncture is an alternative therapeutic measure for people to undertake. The use of acupuncture for relief of pain and discomfort during a colonoscopy process is similar to the pain relieving drug pethidine with the benefit of far less side effects. The extensive data available showing the positive effects of acupuncture upon the digestive system, including acid secretion, motility, pain, gastric spasm and much more is vast. It also includes and advocates the use of acupuncture in chronic cholecystitis (gallbladder inflammation) even if there is an acute exacerbation.

With such a body of evidence available, tried and tested consistent results, we do have a role to play in the management and alleviation of gastroenterological disorders. Read some more articles, perhaps for your own specific disorder to see further how acupuncture can help you and your symptoms.


Pain is disturbing, subjective and experiential to each person affected. As Acupuncturists we determine the treatment of pain based upon each persons unique history. The nature – such as dull or sharp pain, location, length of time one has had to endure, are part of our assessment. As such, each treatment may be different compared to a western approach which may be the use of anti-inflammatory products for everyone. However, there is one true fact about our system of medicine, it is an area we excel in, as supported by the World Health Organisation. Some of the most common presentations include, back pain, sports injuries, chronic recurrent injuries, post surgery pain and more. Other types of pain can be associated with an condition such as arthritis or gynaecological pain. Get in touch with Denise Delaney to find out more.

Pregnancy and Fertility

Conception is one of those areas we take for granted until we realise there is a problem. Equally so, when conception does occur, some women are at the mercy of many a symptom to be endured because it’s a natural state. It is in this area of gynaecology where acupuncture comes to the fore. It naturally helps regulate the female body and the male to encourage natural conception or alongside treatments for fertility in the IVF clinics. Similarly it’s a natural treatment option to be used for expectant mothers for such symptoms of morning sickness, hyperemesis, heartburn, etc. Further to this it expands into the areas of preparation for labour and post partum (birth) issues women may suffer. In Ireland today, there are acupuncturists working in the IVF clinics. Reproductive health is incredibly well educated, researched and documented. But, our message is to check yourself out before considering conception, that means any time. You can see an acupuncturist before you get to the stage of IVF. This is for men and women. In addition, stick with acupuncture throughout an IVF procedure it improves your chances by over 50%. Call Denise to find out how she can help.


Getting fit, staying fit, can be quite a challenge for most of us. Our bodies are designed to move through the use of muscle, bone and nervous system. But, when an injury occurs it can cause all sorts of issues. Swelling, pain and inflammation being the most common presenting symptoms. These can be treated not just effectively but quickly, thus reducing the length of time spent in recovery. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a muscle or bone injury, Acupuncture excels in this area. Handed down via the martial arts system, there is a comprehensive and impressive knowledge base that has been proven over eons. What’s beautiful about acupuncture is it’s all inclusive, so if you’re not healing correctly because you have for example diabetes or another compounding issue, that can be treated too. The icing on the cake though is the practice of acupuncture in prevention of injuries. It’s a win win!


In reality, stress affects men and women from all walks and ages of life. Quite often, the result of exposure to prolonged negative stress, leads to issues such as pain or as a growing body of evidence reports, mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks and much more. Complicated with this is the stigma associated with mental health disorders. While people can and do recover from these periods in their lives, the road to recovery and management of stress can be more complex than often portrayed. Diverse strategies are needed to deal with this growing complaint within Ireland, and Acupuncture is one such strategy. Our system of medicine has written about how the human body behaves for over five thousands of years. Such extensive knowledge, tried, practiced and still evolving today, understands the fundamental necessity of responding to stress in a positive manner. Treatment plans therefore encompass the mental, emotional and physical aspects of the self. Specific acupuncture points calm the mind down, encourage peaceful sleep and relax the diaphragm to help breathing to mention but a few. Traditionally, acupuncture excelled in prevention of ill health and stress, is very often recognised as one of the main precursors to health problems. (Irish Heart Foundation). If we can treat to help prevent illness, then it stands to reason we can treat stress and its manifestations, be it mentally, physically or emotionally. It may be that societies and the demands of life have changed, but the human body has not. So, get in touch with Denise to find out more.

Musclo-skeletal Disorders
  • Cervical Spondylitis,
  • Torticollis,
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • Stiff Neck and Shoulder Pain,
  • Periarthritis Humeroscapularis,
  • Frozen Shoulder.
  • Lumbar Pain,
  • Vertebral Joint Syndrome,
  • Degenerative Joint Disease,
  • Intervertebral Disc Syndromes.
  • Bursitis and Tendonitis.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome,
  • Epicondylitis,
  • Tennis Elbow,
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • Coxarthrosis,
  • Coxarthritis,
  • Gonarthrosis,
  • Pain in the Knee Joint.
  • Joint Swelling.
  • Sprains, such as Acute and Chronic Lumbar Sprain,
  • Soft Tissue Sprain,
  • Muscle Strain.
  • Motor Impairment and Muscular Atrophy or Numbness.
  • Various Sports Injuries.
Mental Disturbances and Illnesses


  • Depression, Stress and Anxiety,
  • Exhaustion Conditions,
  • Agitation,
  • Poor Memory.
  • Apoplexy,
  • Hysteria.
  • Sleep Disturbances (Insomnia, Lethargy).
  • Drug, Alcohol, and Nicotine Addition.
  • Overweight, Weight Loss.
Urological Disorders


  • Pyelonephritis,
  • Urinary Infections,
  • Chronic Glomerulonephritis.
  • Psychogenic Urological Symptoms.
  • Enuresis,
  • Dysuria,
  • Retention of Urine and Stranguria.
Skin Disorders


  • Acne Vulgaris,
  • Leg Ulcers,
  • Deficient Wound Healing,
  • Eczema, Neurodermatitis,
  • Psoriasis,
  • Herpes Simplex and Herpes Zoster,
  • Urticaria.


Respiratory Disorders


  • Common Cold and Flu,
  • Sore Throat,
  • Cough,
  • Sinusitis.
  • Chronic Bronchitis,
  • Bronchial Asthma,
  • Painful Respiration.
  • Hay Fever.
  • Chronic Simple Pharyngitis.
  • Nosebleed
Cardiovascular Disorders


  • Coronary Heart Disease with Angina Pectoris,
  • Cardiac Pain,
  • Cardiac Neurosis,
  • Palpitation.
  • Exhaustion Conditions in Heart Disease.
  • Hypertension,
  • Hypotension.
  • Disturbances of Peripheral Blood Supply.
Neurological Disorders


  • Headache and Migraine,
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia,
  • Intercostal Neuralgia,
  • Occipital,
  • Brachial Neuralgia.
  • Multiple Neuritis,
  • Sciatica,
  • Neurasthenia,
  • Peripheral Nerve Damage.
  • Hemiparesis,
  • Facial Paresis,
  • Cerebral Palsy.
  • Epilepsy.
  • Motion Sickness.
Male Disorders


  • Impotence,
  • Premature Ejaculation,
  • Nocturnal Emission.
  • Infertility.
  • Penile Pain.
  • Prostatitis.
Acute Disorders and Emergencies


  • Fainting,
  • Collapse,
  • Epileptic Fits,
  • Grand Mal,
  • Acutely Painful Conditions.
Gastroenterological Disorders


  • Gastritis,
  • Gastroenteritis,
  • Gastric and Duodenal Ulcers,
  • Nausea,
  • Vomiting,
  • Jaundice,
  • Poor Appetite and Anorexia,
  • Haemorrhoids,
  • Hematochezia and Hematermesis.
  • Abdominal distention,
  • Borborygmus and Hiccups,
  • Hypoglycaemia,
  • Hepatitis,
  • Edema.
  • Cholangitis,
  • Cholecystitis,
  • Biliary Dyskinesia,
  • Biliary Colic.
  • Diarrhoea,
  • Dysentery and Indigestion,
  • Constipation,
  • Irritable Bowel Disease (Colitis).
  • Prolapse of Rectum,
  • Hernias.
  • Diabetes.
Gynecological Disorders


  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS),
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID),
  • Vaginitis,
  • Pruritus Valvae.
  • Problems related to Pregnancy: Morning sickness,
  • Back Pain,
  • Threatened Miscarriage,
  • Insomnia,
  • Hypertension,
  • Malposition of Foetus,
  • Induction to Labour,
  • Postnatally,
  • Post-Natal Depression,
  • Anxiety and Fatigue,
  • Urinary Incontinence,
  • Insufficient Lactation,
  • Prolapse of Uterus.
  • Climacteric Syndrome.
  • Pain Caused by Gynaecological Tumours.
Disorders of the Sense Organs


  • Deafness,
  • Tinnitus and Earaches,
  • Meniere’s Syndrome,
  • Dizziness,
  • Motion Sickness,
  • Labyrinthitis.
  • Chronic and Acute Conjunctivitis,
  • Visual Deficiency.
  • Chronic Simple Rhinitis,
  • Allergic Rhinitis.


Your health is your wealth, happiness and the most important thing to take care of. Let Denise Delaney help you with her exclusive range of treatments and therapies. Get in touch today to discover the benefits of her alternative health techniques.

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