Conditions Effectively Treated by Acupuncture

In the UK, the body responsible for assessing drugs and treatments, NICE, acknowledges the benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of back pain, facial pain, nausea and headaches.

In addition, the World Health Organisation (WHO) also lists the following conditions as having a strong basis in clinical research for acupuncture treatment :

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Biliary colic
  • Depression
  • Dysentery, acute bacillary
  • Dysmenorrhoea, primary
  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
  • Hypertension, essential
  • Hypotension, primary
  • Induction of labour
  • Knee pain
  • Leukopenia
  • Low back pain
  • Malposition of fetus,
  • Correction of morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
  • Periarthritis of shoulder
  • Postoperative pain
  • Renal colic
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow

The British Medical Acupuncture Association states that modern research shows that acupuncture "can affect most of the body’s systems – the nervous system, muscle tone, hormone outputs, circulation, antibody production and allergic responses, as well as the respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems.”

For the most up to date information, The British Acupuncture Council provides a range of current and ongoing research on conditions which may benefit from acupuncture treatment.

Further information

The following links will help you to find more information about acupuncture, or enable you to to view the information sources directly.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

World Health Organisation - fact sheet on Traditional Medicine

The British Medical Acupuncture Society - for general information about acupuncture

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