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The list of common conditions proven to respond to Acupuncture

Though today we know this list to be more extensive, in 1979 the World Health Organization (WHO) published the following list of common conditions proven to respond to TCM Acupuncture:


Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Insomnia

Upper Respiratory Tract:

Acute sinusitis, Acute rhinitis, Common Cold, Acute Tonsillitis,

Respiratory System, Acute bronchitis, Bronchial asthma (most effective in children and in patients without complicating diseases)

Disorders of the eye:

Acute conjunctivitis, Central retinitis, Myopia (in children), Cataract (without complications)

Disorders of the mouth:

Toothache, post-extraction pain, Gingivitis, Acute and chronic pharyngitis

Gastrointestinal disorders:

Spasms of the esophagus and cardia, Hiccough, Gastroptosis

Acute and chronic gastritis:

Gastric hyperacidity, Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief), Acute duodenal ulcer (without complications), Acute and chronic colitis, Acute bacillary dysentery, Constipation, Diarrhea

Paralytic ileus

Neurological and Musculoskeletal Disorders:

Headache and migraine, Trigeminal neuralgia (TMJ), Facial palsy (early stage, i.e. within six months),

Pareses following a stroke, Peripheral neuropathies, Sequelae of poliomyelitis (early sage i.e. within six months),

Meniere’s disease, Neurogenic bladder dysfunction, Nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting), Intercostal neuralgia, Cervicobrachial syndrome

“Frozen shoulder”, “Tennis elbow”, Sciatica, Low-back pain, Osteoarthritis

Today’s science shows Acupuncture can also be used effectively in:

Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and chemotherapy


Blood pressure problems


Sexual dysfunction (low libido, erectile dysfunction)

Breech position in pregnancy

Induction of labour

Rheumatoid arthritis

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