W.H.O.

World Health Organization Approved List

Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, and is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) in treating dozens of ailments.  

The W.H.O. published an official report listing 31 symptoms, conditions and diseases that have been shown in controlled trials to be treated effectively by Acupuncture. Following is the list of conditions shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by Acupuncture:

  • Low back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Sciatica

  • Tennis elbow

  • Knee pain

  • Peri-arthritis of the shoulder

  • Sprains

  • Facial pain

  • TMJ

  • Headache

  • Dental pain

  • Acute and chronic gastritis

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Induction of labor

  • Breech birth presentation

  • Morning sickness

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Postoperative pain

  • Stroke

  • Essential hypertension

  • Primary hypotension

  • Renal colic

  • Leucopenia

  • Radiation/chemo reactions

  • Allergic rhinitis,

  • Hay fever

  • Biliary colic

  • Depression

  • Acute bacillary dysentery

  • Primary dysmenorrhea

  • Acute epigastralgia

  • Peptic ulcer

The report also contains three other very important lists of conditions:​

  • Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of Acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed

  • Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which there are only individual controlled trials reporting some therapeutic effects, but for which Acupuncture is worth trying because treatment by conventional and other therapies is difficult.

  • Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which Acupuncture may be tried provided the practitioner has special modern medical knowledge and adequate monitoring equipment.

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