Among the health problems listed below are conditions for which the World Health Organization (WHO) has specifically recommended acupuncture treatment. The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective therapeutic approach, and has named over forty conditions which respond favorably to acupuncture.
Pain syndromes: migraines, headaches, sciatica, low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and stiffness, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, fibromyalgia, automobile and sports injuries, joint pain, strains and sprains.
Emotional/psychological disorders: anxiety, depression, stress, hypertension, insomnia, fatigue, poor memory, eating disorders.
Gastrointestinal conditions: chronic indigestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, colitis, celiac disease, diabetes, hepatitis.
Respiratory problems: seasonal allergies, asthma, chronic cough, the common cold and flu, sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, emphysema.
Neurological problems: multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke recovery, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, Bell’s palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, tinnitus, muscle weakness/paralysis, peripheral neuropathy, general neuralgia.
Women’s health issues: premenstrual syndrome, endometriosis, dysmenorrhea, irregular menstruation, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, breast problems, cervical dysplasia, uterine prolapse, postpartum disorders, menopausal symptoms.
Women’s infertility: amenorrhea, irregular periods, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, pelvic inflammatory disease, poor egg quality, luteal phase defect, elevated FSH, premature ovarian failure, immunologic infertility, unexplained infertility.
Men’s infertility: low sperm count, sperm motility and morphology, impotence, immunologic infertility.
Urogenital disorders: urogenital infections, cystitis, prostatitis, nephritis, sexual dysfunction, incontinence.
Skin conditions: acne, eczema, psoriasis, facial rejuvenation, shingles/herpes.
Supportive therapy: post-operative pain and rehab, adverse reactions to cancer treatments, stroke rehabilitation, infertility treatment, induction of labor, malposition of fetus.
Addictions: tobacco, caffeine, alcohol, sugar, recreational drugs, medications.