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Conditions acupuncture is proven to help

September 5, 2016

The World Health Organisation (WHO), which started up in 1948, is a worldwide organisation which tests and assesses different health systems along with other jobs such as monitoring disease outbreaks. WHO has placed acupuncture through many clinical trials for a range of different illnesses and have had remarkable results. Below is a full list of the conditions in which the WHO have carried out clinical trials and found that acupuncture is effective:

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy

  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)

  • Biliary colic

  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following

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  • Dysentery, acute bacillary

  • Dysmenorrhoea, primary

  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and

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  • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)

  • Headache

  • Hypertension, essential

  • Hypotension, primary

  • Induction of labour

  • Knee pain

  • Leukopenia

  • Lower back pain

  • Malposition of fetus, correction of

  • Morning sickness

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Neck pain

  • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular

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  • Periarthritis of shoulder

  • Postoperative pain

  • Renal colic

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Sciatica

  • Sprain

  • Stroke

  • Tennis elbow

The WHO also has a list of conditions where they found acupuncture was effective, but further trials are needed, these include:

  • Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)

  • Acne vulgaris

  • Alcohol dependence and detoxification

  • Bell’s palsy

  • Bronchial asthma

  • Cancer pain

  • Cardiac neurosis

  • Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation

  • Cholelithiasis

  • Competition stress syndrome

  • Craniocerebral injury, closed

  • Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent

  • Earache

  • Epidemic haemorrhagic fever

  • Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)

  • Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection

  • Female infertility

  • Facial spasm

  • Female urethral syndrome

  • Fibromyalgia and fasciitis

  • Gastrokinetic disturbance

  • Gouty arthritis

  • Hepatitis B virus carrier status

  • Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)

  • Hyperlipaemia

  • Hypo-ovarianism

  • Insomnia

  • Labour pain

  • Lactation, deficiency

  • Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic

  • Ménière disease

  • Neuralgia, post-herpetic

  • 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, chronic

  • Pruritus

  • Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome

  • Raynaud syndrome, primary

  • Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection

  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy

  • Retention of urine, traumatic

  • Schizophrenia

  • Sialism, drug-induced

  • Sjögren syndrome

  • Sore throat (including tonsillitis)

  • Spine pain, acute

  • Stiff neck

  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction

  • Tietze syndrome

  • Tobacco dependence

  • Tourette syndrome

  • Ulcerative colitis, chronic

  • Urolithiasis

  • Vascular dementia

  • Whooping cough (pertussis)

 

For more information, please go to the WHO website or follow this link to access and download the full WHO report on acupuncture (http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/pdf/s4926e/s4926e.pdf).

 

Although acupuncture is proven to be effective on many conditions, as listed above, there is so much more you can gain from treatment. Acupuncture treatment alone is extremely therapeutic allowing people in good health to also benefit from treatment. Chinese Medicine and acupuncture focuses on the patient as a whole system, meaning when we diagnose you for treatment we will look at your whole self, not just the issue you have come for. This is because we treat holistically and know that signs and symptoms are normally the effects of an underlying disharmony in the body; because of this, many patients leave treatment with a sense of better well-being, increased energy and vitality. Treatment is also appropriate for people who find that their energy levels are decreasing but they have no signs or symptoms of illness yet; just like many people have treatment as a preventative, to keep their energy and health at a high level.

 

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