What Can Acupuncture Treat?

April 10, 2014 Mary S. Wallis


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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