What Can Acupuncture Treat?

By Jenny Abel R.Ac. and Jill Truscott R.Ac.

What can acupuncture treat? That is a great question!  As Registered Acupuncturists at Local Health Integrative Clinic we are often asked this: “what can acupuncture treat”?  Are there studies to back it up?  The scope of what acupuncture treats is very wide and there are thousands of clinical studies to back that up.

Here is a condensed list from the World Health Organization, of diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved – through controlled trials—to be an effective treatment:

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Biliary colic
  • Depression
  • Dysentery
  • Dysmenorrhoea
  • Epigastralgia
  • Facial pain
  • Headache
  • Hypertension
  • Hypotension
  • Induction of labour
  • Knee pain
  • Leukopenia
  • Low back pain
  • Malposition of fetus, correction of
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Pain in dentistry
  • Periarthritis of shoulder
  • Postoperative pain
  • Renal colic
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow

Now here is a condensed list from the World Health Organization of diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further clinical trials are being conducted:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Acne vulgaris
  • Alcohol dependence and detoxification
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Cancer pain
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Earache
  • Female infertility
  • Facial spasm
  • Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
  • Gouty arthritis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Herpes zoster
  • Insomnia
  • Labour pain
  • Lactation, deficiency
  • Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
  • Obesity
  • Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Prostatitis, chronic
  • Pruritus
  • Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
  • Retention of urine
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sore throat
  • Spine pain, acute
  • Stiff neck
  • TMJ
  • Tobacco dependence
  • Ulcerative colitis, chronic
  • Vascular dementia
  • Whooping cough (pertussis)

Do you have any of these symptoms or conditions, or know someone that does?  We would love to share the wonders of acupuncture with you and help you with your health!  Visit localhealthco.com for more information or to book an appointment online with our Registered Acupuncturists Jenny or Jill.

Source: http://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/who-official-position/