Conditions Treated


The following is the World Health Organization’s (WHO) list of diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment or shown therapeutic effect but for which further proof is needed:

Gastrointestinal:
Biliary colic,
Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
Cholelithiasis
Dysentery, acute bacillary
Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Nausea and vomiting
Obesity
Ulcerative colitis, chronic

Musculoskeletal/ Neurological: 
Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
Cancer pain
Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
Headache
Knee pain
Low back pain
Neck pain
Osteoarthritis
Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
Periarthritis of shoulder
Postoperative pain
Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
Rheumatoid arthritis
Sciatica
Sprain
Spine pain, acute
Stiff neck
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
Tennis elbow
Bell’s palsy
Neuralgia, post-herpetic
Neurodermatitis
Facial spasm

Gynecological:
Dysmenorrhoea, primary
Female infertility
Hypo-ovarianism
Induction of labour
Labour pain
Lactation, deficiency
Malposition of fetus, correction of
Morning sickness
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Auto-immune disorders
Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
Sjögren syndrome

Circulatory:
Hypertension, essential
Hypotension, primary
Hyperlipaemia
Stroke
Leukopenia
Raynaud syndrome, primary

Substance Dependence:
Alcohol dependence and detoxification
Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
Tobacco dependence

Ear, Nose, Throat, and Respiratory: 
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Bronchial asthma
Earache
Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)
Ménière disease
Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
Whooping cough (pertussis)

Emotional: 
Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
Stress

Urogenital:
Female urethral syndrome
Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
Prostatitis, chronic
Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
Renal colic
Retention of urine, traumatic
Urolithiasis (Kidney Stones)

Others:
Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
Schizophrenia
Acne vulgaris
Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
Gouty arthritis
Hepatitis B virus carrier status
Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)
Insomnia
Postoperative convalescence
Pruritus