In 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) conducted a review of controlled acupuncture trials and in a final report listed the following diseases and disorders as effectively treated with acupuncture:

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Biliary colic
  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  • Dysentery, acute bacillary
  • Dysmenorrhoea, primary
  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
  • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
  • Headache
  • Hypertension, essential
  • Hypotension, primary
  • Induction of labour
  • 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
  • Postoperative pain
  • Renal colic
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow

Additionally the World Health Organization (WHO) report listed the following diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown:

  • 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 haemorrhagic fever                               
  • Epistaxis (nosebleed), simple
  • Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection (without generalized or local disease)
  • Female infertility
  • Facial spasm                                                        
  • Female urethral syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia and fasciitis                                   
  • Gastrokinetic disturbance
  • Gouty arthritis                                                     
  • Hepatitis B virus carrier status
  • Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)         
  • Hyperlipaemia
  • Hypo-ovarianism                                                 
  • Insomnia
  • Labour pain                                                         
  • Lactation, deficiency
  • Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic                  
  • Ménière disease
  • Neuralgia, post-herpetic                                       
  • Neurodermatitis
  • Obesity                                                               
  • Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
  • Osteoarthritis                                                     
  • Pain due to endoscopic examination
  • Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans                         
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Postextubation in children                                    
  • Postoperative convalescence
  • Premenstrual syndrome                                      
  • Prostatitis, chronic
  • Pruritus (itching)                                                
  • Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
  • Raynaud syndrome, primary                                  
  • Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy                                
  • Retention of urine, traumatic
  • Schizophrenia                                                      
  • Sialism, drug-induced
  • Sjögren syndrome                                                
  • Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
  • Spine pain, acute                                                
  • Stiff neck
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction                
  • Tietze syndrome
  • Tobacco dependence                                          
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis, chronic                                      
  • Urolithiasis (kidney stones)
  • Vascular dementia                                                
  • Whooping cough (pertussis)
 
 
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"I've cut down my pain medication by more than half.  Over the years, I've tried many other therapy methods, but acupuncture is what works best for me." 
-C.G.