Acupuncture Efficacy : The WHOs Full List of Conditions

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The World Health Organization (WHO) conducted extensive clinical trials to prove the efficacy of acupuncture. Through these studies they have identified diseases, symptoms and conditions that can be effectively treated through acupuncture as well as those for which therapeutic effect of acupuncture was shown but needs more proof.

Conditions that have been proven to be effectively treated with acupuncture:

  1. Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)

  2. Depression

  3. Dysmenorrhoea

  4. Gastritis

  5. Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)

  6. Headache

  7. Hypertension, essential

  8. Hypotension, primary

  9. Induction of labour

  10. Knee pain

  11. Leukopenia

  12. Low back pain

  13. Malposition of fetus

  14. Morning sickness

  15. Nausea and vomiting

  16. Neck pain

  17. Pain from dentistry (including dental pain and TMJ)

  18. Periarthritis of shoulder

  19. Postoperative pain

  20. Rheumatoid arthritis

  21. Sciatica

  22. Side Effects of radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy

  23. Sprain

  24. Stroke

  25. Tennis elbow


Conditions that receive a therapeutic effect from acupuncture

  1. Abdominal pain

  2. Alcohol dependence and detoxification

  3. Asthma

  4. Bell’s palsy

  5. Cancer pain

  6. Cholecystitis

  7. Competition stress syndrome

  8. Craniocerebral injury, closed

  9. Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent

  10. Earache

  11. Female infertility

  12. Facial spasm

  13. Fibromyalgia and fasciitis

  14. Gouty arthritis

  15. Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)

  16. Insomnia

  17. Lactation, deficiency

  18. Male sexual dysfunction

  19. Ménière disease (Tinnitus)

  20. Neurodermatitis

  21. Obesity

  22. Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence

  23. Osteoarthritis

  24. Polycystic ovary syndrome

  25. Premenstrual syndrome

  26. Prostatitis, chronic

  27. Pruritus

  28. Raynaud syndrome, primary

  29. Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection

  30. Sjögren syndrome

  31. Sore throat (including tonsillitis)

  32. Spine pain, acute

  33. Stiff neck

  34. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction

  35. Tobacco dependence

  36. Tourette syndrome

  37. Ulcerative colitis, chronic

  38. Urolithiasis