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What Can Acupuncture Treat?

April 10, 2014 Mary S. Wallis

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The WHO and NIH List of Conditions Responsive to Acupuncture Treatment

The World Health Organization (WHO), the medical branch of the United Nations, issued a provisional list of diseases responsive to acupuncture treatment, The WHO Viewpoint on Acupuncture in 1980. The National Institutes of Health has also released a list of responsive conditions. See their websites for a full listing. Included below, but not limited to, are the following responsive conditions:  

Respiratory conditions including:

  • acute sinusitis
  • allergies
  • common cold
  • bronchitis
  • bronchial asthma
  Conditions of the eye including:
  • acute conjunctivitis
  • myopia in children
  • cataracts
  Conditions of the mouth, such as:
  • toothaches
  • gingivitis
  • acute and chronic pharyngitis
  Gastrointestinal conditions, such as:
  • acute and chronic gastritis
  • acute and chronic duodenal ulcer
  • acute colitis
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • dysentery
  • gastric hyperacidity
  Neurological and musculoskeletal conditions including:
  • headache
  • migraine
  • trigeminal neuralgia
  • facial palsy
  • paralysis following stroke
  • Meniere's disease
  • bedwetting
  • frozen shoulder
  • tennis elbow
  • sciatica
  • low back pain
  • osteoarthritis

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