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The World Health Organization has issued a comprehensive list of diseases and conditions for which acupuncture has demonstrated therapeutic effect. Many of the conditions listed have been proven treatable by acupuncture through controlled trials.

Musculoskeletal Disorders and Pain


•Knee Pain

•Lower-back pain

•Tennis elbow



•Acute spine pain

•Periarthritis of shoulder

•Stiff neck

•Facial pain

•Rheumatoid arthritis

Emotional and Psychological Disorders






•Tobacco dependence


•Alcohol dependence

Respiratory Disorders

•Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)

•Bronchial asthma

•Pertussis (whooping cough)

Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat, Mouth Disorders

•Sore throat (including tonsillitis)

•Epistaxis (nosebleed)



•Ringing in the ears

•Eye pain

•Dental pain

•Temporomandibular (TMJ) dysfunction and pain

Neurological Disorders



•Facial spasm

•Meniere's disease

•Bell's palsy

•Neuropathic bladder in spinal cord injury

•Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome

•Reflex sympathetic dystrophy

Gastrointestinal Disorders

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

•Acute stomach pain (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, gastrospasm)

•Biliary colic

•Acute bacillary dysentery

•Irritable colon syndrome

•Ulcerative colitis


•Nausea and vomiting

•Cholecystitis, cholelithiasis

Circulatory Disorders

•Hypertension (essential)

•Hypotension (primary)

•Angina pectoris

•Pulmonary heart disease

•Breathlessness in COPD


Gynecological/Obstetric Disorders


•Labor pain

•Difficult lactation

•Morning sickness

•Malposition of fetus

•Delayed labor (acupuncture is used to induce)

•Dysmenorrhea (painful menses)

•Female infertility

•Hypoovarianism (inadequate ovarian function)

•Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS; Stein-Levinthal syndrome)

Genitourinary Disorders

•Urethral syndrome (urinary frequency, urgency, painful dysuria in the absence of specific infection, obstruction, or dysfunction)

•Infertility in men and women

•Renal colic

•Sexual dysfunction

•Urinary tract infection (UTI)

•Retention of urine

•Urolithiasis (stones in the urinary system)


•Chemotherapy/radiation side effects


•Leukopenia (low white blood cell count)

•Postoperative pain

•Cancer pain


•Dermatological disorders, including acne



WHO. Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials. 2003.