Diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture

Excerpts from:

World Health Organization. Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2002.

Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved—
through controlled trials—to be an effective treatment

Pain Relief

  • Facial pain (TMJ)
  • Headache
  •  Knee pain
  • Low back pain
  •  Neck pain
  • Pain in dentistry
  •  Arthritis of shoulder
  • Postoperative pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Tennis elbow

Internal Medicine

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/ or chemotherapy
  • Ulcers
  • Gastritis
  •  Hypertension
  •  Nausea / vomiting
  •  Stroke

Women’s Health

  • Dysmenorrhoea
  •  Induction of labor
  •  Morning sickness
  •  Correction of malposition of fetus

Mental Health

  • Depression

Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat

  • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)

Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed.

Pain Relief

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Cancer pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Post-herpetic neuralgia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Radicular pain syndrome
  • Spine pain, acute
  • Stiff neck

Internal Medicine

  • Asthma
  •  Cholecystitis
  • Diabetes (non-insulin dependent)
  •  Obesity
  •  Prostatitis, chronic
  •  Raynaud syndrome
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Sjogren syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis
  •  Whooping cough (pertussis)

Women’s Health

  • Infertility
  •  PCOS
  • Premenstrual syndrome

Mental Health

  • Insomnia
  • Schizophrenia
  • Vascular dementia

Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat

  • Earache
  • Epistaxis
  •  Meniere disease
  • Sore throat / tonsillitis
  •  TMJ

Skin Disorders

  • Acne
  • Herpes zoster
  •  Pruritis
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