Conditions Treated by Acupuncture Therapies

Hood River Acupuncture TreatmentThe World Health Organization studies the latest acupuncture research to compile a comprehensive list of conditions, symptoms, and diseases that may be treatable, managed, improved or possibly even prevented by acupuncture as a primary, complementary, or alternative therapy.

 

1. Conditions for which acupuncture has been scientifically studied and proven effective:

  • 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
  • Dysmenorrhea, Primary
  • Epigastralgia, Acute (in Peptic Ulcer, Acute and Chronic Gastritis, and Gastrospasm)
  • Facial Pain (including Craniomandibular Disorders)
  • Headache
  • Hypertension, Essential
  • Hypotension, 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
  • Postoperative Pain
  • Renal Colic
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis Elbow

2. Conditions for which acupuncture has been effective, but additional controlled trials and proof are needed:

  • 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
  • Female Infertility
  • Facial Spasm
  • Female Urethral Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia and Fasciitis
  • Gastrokinetic Disturbance
  • Gouty Arthritis
  • Hepatitis B Virus Carrier Status
  • Herpes Zoster (Human (Alpha) Herpes virus 3)
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypo-Ovarianism
  • Insomnia
  • Labor 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 (Stein–Leventhal Syndrome)
  • Postextubation in Children
  • Postoperative Convalescence
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Prostatitis, Chronic
  • Pruritus
  • 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
  • Vascular Dementia
  • Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

 

3. Conditions with limited trials but for which conventional treatment or therapy is difficult:   

  • Chloasma
  • Choroidopathy, central serous
  • Color Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Hypophrenia
  • Irritable Colon Syndrome
  • Neuropathic Bladder in Spinal Cord Injury
  • Pulmonary Heart Disease, Chronic
  • Small Airway Obstruction

4. Conditions for which special medical knowledge and adequate monitoring equipment required:

  • Breathlessness in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Coma
  • Convulsions in Infants
  • Coronary Heart Disease (Angina Pectoris)
  • Diarrhea in Infants and Young Children
  • Encephalitis, Viral, in Children, Late Stage
  • Paralysis, Progressive Bulbar and Pseudobulbar

 

Read the full World Health Organization report detailing case studies about the effectiveness of acupuncture techniques for many of the conditions listed above.