Why Acupuncture?


Acupuncture NeedleWondering what acupuncture can treat?

The World Health Organization has wondered too. Over the years, the WHO has met to review the validity of acupuncture. Meeting in 1998 to review controlled clinical trials of acupuncture performed around the world, the WHO created the following list of diseases that have been clinically proven to respond to acupuncture treatment:

Diseases and disorder that can be treated with acupuncture:*

Disease, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proven – through controlled clinical trials – to be an effective treatment:

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or¬†chemotherapy
  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Biliary colic
  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  • Dysentery, acute bacillary
  • Dysmenorrhea, primary
  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastro-spasm)
  • Facial pain (including cranio-mandibular disorders)
  • Headache
  • Hypertension, essential
  • Hypotension, primary
  • Induction of labor
  • Knee pain
  • Leukopenia
  • Low back pain
  • Malposition of fetus, correction of
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Pain dentistry (including dental pain and temporo-mandibular dysfunction
  • Peri-arthritis of shoulder
  • Postoperative pain
  • Renal colic
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis Elbow

Find an Acupuncturist

You can find and Acupuncturist in your area by clicking here: NCCAOM Practitioner List

About The Author

Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.

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