Conditions Treatable by Acupuncture

Conditions Recommended for
Acupuncture by the
World Health Organization (W.H.O.)

Respiratory Diseases

  • Acute sinusitis
  • Acute rhinitis
  • Common cold
  • Acute tonsillitis

Bronchopulmonary Diseases

  • Acute bronchitis
  • Bronchial asthma

Eye Disorders

  • Acute conjuctivitis
  • Cataract (without complications)
  • Myopia
  • Central retinitis

Disorders of the Mouth Cavity

  • Toothache
  • Pain after tooth extraction
  • Gingivitis
  • Pharyngitis

Orthopedic Disorders

  • Periarthritis humeroscapularis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Sciatica
  • Low back pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Spasm of the esophagus and cardia
  • Hiccups
  • Gastroptosis
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Gastric hyperacidity
  • Chronic duodenal ulcer
  • Acute and chronic colitis
  • Acute bacterial dysentery
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Paralytic ileus

Neurologic Disorders

  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Facial paralysis
  • Paralysis after apoplectic fit
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Paralysis caused by poliomyelitis
  • Meniere’s syndrome
  • Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
  • Nocturnal enuresis
  • Intercostal neuralgia

The National Institutes of Health Consensus Panel on Acupuncture has published these lists of treatable conditions:

Well-demonstrated evidence of effectiveness

  • Chemotherapy-induced nausea
  • dental pain
  • nausea of pregnancy

Potentially useful

  • Addiction
  • Asthma
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Epycondylitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache
  • Low Back Pain
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Stroke rehabilitation

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