• Sarah Mary

Common Conditions Treated By Acupuncture

Updated: Apr 22, 2020

In 2002 the World Health Organization released a report showcasing the clinical research that had been conducted, up to that point, on Acupuncture. This report stated that Acupuncture may be a suitable treatment for 107 specific conditions.


Below is an alphabetized list of the symptoms and conditions considered treatable with Acupuncture:


· Adverse reactions to radio therapy and/or chemotherapy

· Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)

· Biliary colic

· Depression (including depression neurosis and depression following stroke)

· Dysentery, acute bacillary

· Dysmenorrhea, primary

· Epigastralgia , acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis and gastro-spasm)

· Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)

· Headache

· Hypertension, essential

· Hypertension, primary

· Induction of labor

· Knee pain

· Leukopenia

· Low back pain

· Malposition of fetus, correction of

· Morning sickness

· Nausea and vomiting

· Neck pain

· Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)

· Periarthritis of shoulder

· Post-operative pain

· Renal colic

· Rheumatoid arthritis

· Sciatica

· Sprain

· Stroke

· Tennis-elbow


In the following symptoms and conditions, the WHO recognizes the therapeutic effect Acupuncture has shown to offer but requires further research to verify:


· Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)

· Acne vulgaris

· Alcohol dependence and detoxification

· Bell’s palsy

· Bronchial asthma

· Cancer pain

· Cardiac neurosis

· Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation

· Cholelithiasis

· Competition stress syndrome

· Craniocerebral injury, closed

· Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin dependent

· Earache

· Epidemic hemorrhagic fever

· Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)

· Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection

· Facial spasm

· Female infertility

· Female urethral syndrome

· Fibromyalgia and fasciitis

· Gastro-kinetic disturbance

· Gouty arthritis

· Hepatitis B carrier status

· Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)

· Hyperlipemia

· Hypo-ovarianism

· Insomnia

· Labor pain

· Lactation, deficiency

· Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic

· Meniere disease

· Neuralgia, post-herpetic

· Neurodermatitis

· Obesity

· Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence

· Osteoarthritis

· Pain due to endoscopic examination

· Pain in thromboangitis obliterans

· Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome)

· Post-operative convalescence

· Premenstrual syndrome

· Prostatitis, chronic

· Pruritus

· Radicular and pseudo radicular pain syndrome

· Raynaud syndrome, primary

· Recurrent lower urinary tract infection

· Reflex sympathetic dystrophy

· Retention of urine, traumatic

· Schizophrenia

· Sialism, drug-induced increased flow of saliva

· Sjogren syndrome

· Sore throat (including tonsiliitis)

· Spine pain, acute

· Stiff neck

· Temporomandibular joint dysfuntion

· Tietze syndrome

· Tobacco dependence

· Tourette syndrome

· Ulcerative colitis, chronic

· Urolithiasis

· Vascular dementia

· Whooping cough (pertussis)


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