World Health Organisation

In 2003, the World Health Organization published a landmark study, titled “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials”.
Diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture

Upper Respiratory Tract

  • Acute sinusitis
  • Acute rhinitis,
  • Common Cold
  • Acute tonsillitis

Respiratory System

  • Acute bronchitis – Bronchial asthma

Disorders of the Eye

  • Acute conjunctivitis
  • Central retinitis,
  • Myopia (children)
  • Cataract

Disorders of the Mouth

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

Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Spasms of oesophagus and cardia,
  • Hiccough
  • Gastroptosis
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Gastric hyperacidity
  • Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
  • Acute duodenal ulcer
  • Acute and chronic colitis
  • Acute bacillary dysentery,
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Paralytic ileus

Neurological and Musculo-skeletal Disorders

  • Headache and migraine
  • Trigeminal neuralgia,
  • Facial palsy (early stage, i.e., within three to six months)
  • Pareses following a stroke
  • Peripheral neuropathies
  • Sequelae of poliomyelitis (early stage, i.e., within six months)
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Neurogenic bladder dysfunction –
  • Nocturnal enuresis
  • Intercostal neuralgia
  • Cervicobrachial syndrome
  • “Frozen shoulder”,
  • “tennis elbow”
  • Sciatica
  • Low back pain
  • Osteoarthritis

The most common conditions include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Neck and Back pain
  • Migraine
  • Headaches
  • Acute injury-related pain
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Indigestion
  • Ulcers
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • High and low blood pressure
  • Menstrual irregularity
  • Infertility
  • Impotence
  • Muscle and nerve
  • Paralysis
  • Deafness
  • Addictive Behaviours
  • Substance abuse
  • Overeating
  • Drug dependence
  • Smoking,
  • Surgery
  • Anaesthesia