World Health Organization Acupuncture Study

In 2003, the World Health Organization published a landmark study, titled “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials”. A summary of their findings is quoted below.

1. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment:

Adverse reactions to chemotherapy, Allergic rhinitis, Depression, Dysentery, Dysmenorrhoea, Epigastralgia, Facial pain, Headache, Hypertension, Hypotension, Induction of labor, Knee pain, Leukopenia, Low back pain, Malposition of fetus, Morning sickness, Nausea and vomiting, Neck pain, Pain in dentistry, Periarthritis of shoulder, Postoperative pain, Rheumatoid arthritis, Renal Colic, Sciatica, Sprain, Stroke, Tennis elbow


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Conditions and Syndromes

conditions treated by acupuncture

2. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed:

Abdominal pain, Acne, Alcohol dependence and detoxification, Bell’s palsy, Bronchial asthma, Cancer pain, Cardiac neurosis, Cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Competition stress syndrome, Craniocerebral injury, Diabetes mellitus, Earache, Epidemic haemorrhagic fever, Epistaxis, Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection, Female infertility, Facial spasm, Female urethral syndrome, Fibromyalgia and fasciitis, Gastrokinetic disturbance, Gouty arthritis, Hepatitis B, Herpes zoster, Hyperlipaemia, Hypo-ovarianism, Insomnia, Labor pain, Lactation deficiency, Male sexual dysfunction, Ménière disease, Neuralgia, Neurodermatitis, Obesity, Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence, Osteoarthritis, Pain due to endoscopic examination, Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans, Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome), Postextubation in children, Postoperative convalescence, Premenstrual syndrome, Prostatitis, Pruritus, Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome, Raynaud syndrome, Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection, Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, Retention of urine, traumatic, Schizophrenia, Sialism, Sjögren syndrome, Sore throat, Spine pain, Stiff neck, Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, Tietze syndrome, Tobacco dependence Tourette syndrome, Ulcerative colitis, Urolithiasis, Vascular dementia, Whooping cough

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