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The WHO (World Health Organization) is the United Nations health organization, dedicated to raising the standard of health care all across the world.  For some time, the WHO has acknowledged Acupuncture and other traditional medicines as viable health care alternatives.  WHO published the results of their research into Acupuncture. It's important to know, however, that this is by far not a complete list of conditions treatable with Acupuncture. In China, Acupunture is fully integrated into their health care system, and Acupuncture is used alongside Western medicine to treat any and all disorders.  The following list of conditions involves only those that the WHO has found reproduceable statistically significant reaserch showing that Acupuncture is effective in treating.
Acupuncture’s success in clinical trials according to current WHO published research:
Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved -- through controlled trials -- to be an effective treatment:
  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy (aid in detoxifying after cancer therapies)
  • Allergic rhinitis (nasal allergies -- including hay fever)
  • Biliary colic (obstruction of the bile duct as found in gallbladder stones)
  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  • Dysentery, acute bacillary (dysentery caused by bacteria)
  • Dysmenorrhea, primary (painful periods)

    Acupuncture is an excellent treatment

    for headaches without the side-effects

    of drugs.

    Epigastralgia, acute (pain in the middle abdomen -- as seen in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
  • Facial pain
  • Headache
  • Hypertension, essential (high blood-pressure)
  • Hypotension, primary (low blood-pressure)
  • Induction of labor
  • Knee pain
  • Leukopenia (low white blood-cell count)
  • Low back pain
  • Malposition of fetus, correction of (acupuncture can help turn a baby for delivery)
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction [TMJ problems])
  • Periarthritis of shoulder (arthritis pain in the shoulder)
  • Postoperative pain (pain during recovery from surgery)
  • Renal colic (pain caused by kidney stones)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica (inflammation and pain along the sciatic nerve)
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow (microscopic tearing and inflammation of the tendons in the elbow)


Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed:

  • Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
  • Acne vulgaris (ordinary acne)
  • Alcohol dependence and detoxification
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Cancer pain
  • Cardiac neurosis (anxiety about the heart brought on by chest pains or palpitations)
  • Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation (inflamed gallbladder)
  • Cholelithiasis (gallstones)
  • Competition stress syndrome

    Acupuncture can even help with the pain from an ear ache.

    Craniocerebral injury, closed (fracture or injury of the head that does not involve a cut)
  • Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent (adult-onset diabetes)
  • Ear ache
  • Epidemic hemorrhagic fever (a number of diseases which cause high fever, headache, cough, pain in muscles and joints and bleeding from the internal organs -- Ebola is one of the diseases that causes hemorrhagic fever)
  • Epistaxis, simple (nosebleed without generalized or local disease)
  • Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection (injection below the outer membrane of the eye)
  • Female infertility
  • Facial spasm
  • Female urethral syndrome (a disease of the urethra which causes the symptoms of an urinary tract infection)
  • Fibromyalgia and fasciitis (a disease characterized by severe pain in the muscles with accompanying symptoms of fatigue)
  • Gastrokinetic disturbance (disturbance of the movement of digesting food)
  • Gouty arthritis (arthritis caused by gout)
  • Hepatitis B virus carrier status
  • Herpes zoster (human [alpha] herpesvirus 3)
  • Hyperlipemia (high cholesterol)
  • Hypoovarianism (inadequate ovarian function)
  • Insomnia
  • Labor pain
  • Lactation, deficiency
  • Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
  • Meniere disease (a condition of the inner ear that is characterized by sudden severe attacks of dizziness, ringing in the ear, vomiting, a reeling sensation, loss of equilibrium, and progressive loss of hearing)
  • Neuralgia, post-herpetic (neuralgia caused by herpes)

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  • Neurodermatitis (a disease of unknown origin where the back of the forearms, back of the neck and outside of the ankles itch constantly)
  • Obesity
  • Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
  • Osteoarthritis (a degenerative joint disease in which the cartilage that cushions and pads the joints begins to break down, causing pain)
  • Pain due to endoscopic examination
  • Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans (pain caused by inflammation of the membranes of arteries and veins)
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome also called Stein–Leventhal syndrome (a disease in which the ovaries become covered in multiple cysts, accompanied by symptoms like irregular [sometimes scanty or absent] menstruation, and infertility)
  • Postextubation in children (complications after the removal of a breathing tube)
  • Postoperative convalescence
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Prostatitis, chronic (inflammation of the prostrate gland in men)
  • Pruritus (itching)
  • Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome (pain associated with the roots of spinal nerves)
  • Raynaud syndrome, primary (coldness of the limbs and lack of oxygen to the fingers and toes caused by contraction of the arteries due to cold or emotions)
  • Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (a kind of pain in the hand or foot usually following stroke, injury, or nerve damage)
  • Retention of urine, traumatic
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sialism, drug-induced (excessive flow of saliva)
  • Sjogren syndrome (an immune disorder in which the sweat glands, oil glands of the skin, and
  • saliva glands are slowly destroyed)
  • Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
  • Spine pain, acute
  • Stiff neck

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  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ problems -- problems with the jaw joint.
    Symptoms sometimes include severe headaches, popping jaw, frozen jaw, and other pain)
  • Tietze syndrome (inflammation of the cartilage of the rib cage)
  • Tobacco dependence
  • Tourette syndrome (a neurological disorder in which a patient is known for recurring movements or sounds called ticks)
  • Ulcerative colitis, chronic (a disease of unknown origin causing ulcerations in the colon and rectum)
  • Urolithiasis (bladder stones)
  • Vascular dementia (deterioration of mental condition usually following several small strokes)
  • Pertussis (whooping cough) 


These aren't complete lists by any means, and if you have a condition that's not listed on here, but are curious if Acupuncture or TCM can help, contct us, and we'll answer your questions as promtly as we can.