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World Health Organization (WHO): Conditions Which Effectively Treated By Acupuncture


The World Health Organization (WHO) has published an official report listing symptoms, conditions and diseases that have been shown in controlled trials to be treated effectively by Acupuncture. Following is the list of conditions shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by Acupuncture:

Cardiovascular Disorders

  • Essential hypertension

Neurological Disorders

  • Headache and migraine

  • Trigeminal neuralgia

  • Facial palsy (early stage, within three to six months)

  • Paresis following stroke

  • Peripheral neuropathies

  • Meniere’s Disease

  • Nocturnal enuresis

  • Cervicobrachial syndrome

  • Neurogenic bladder dysfunction

  • Intercostal neuralgia

  • Disc problems

Musculo-skeletal Disorders

  • Muscle pain, swelling, stiffness, and weakness

  • Localized traumatic injuries, sprains, strains, tendonitis, contractures

  • Arthritis

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Work and sports-related injuries

  • Low back pain

  • Osteoarthritis

  • “Frozen shoulder”, “tennis elbow”

  • Sciatica

Respiratory System Disorders

  • Acute sinusitis

  • Acute rhinitis

  • Common cold

  • Acute tonsillitis

  • Acute bronchitis

  • Bronchial asthma

Disorders of the Eye, Ear, Nose & Mouth

  • Acute conjunctivitis

  • Central retinitis

  • Myopia (in children)

  • Cataract (without complications)

  • Toothaches, post-extraction pain

  • Gingivitis

  • Acute and chronic pharyngitis

Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Spasms of esophagus and cardia

  • Irritable bowel and colitis

  • Hiccough

  • Gastroptosis

  • Acute and chronic gastritis

  • Gastric hyperacidity

  • Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)

  • Acute duodenal ulcer (without complication)

  • Acute and chronic colitis

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Acute bacillary dysentery

  • Paralytic ileus

Gynecological Disorders

  • Infertility (Not WHO recognized. Clinical experience proves effective.)

  • PMS

  • Dysmenorrhea

  • Menopause syndrome

  • Benign irregular menstruation

  • Benign amenorrhea

Psychological Disorders

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • OCD

  • PTSD

  • Somatization disorder

  • Hypersomnia

  • Insomnia

Other Disorders

  • Withdrawal from street and pharmacological drugs

  • Appetite suppression


This report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, is available here for download as a printable PDF file.


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