World Health Organization (W H O)

The following list are conditions for which the W H O recognize that acupuncture is an effective treatment. The W H O recommends that these conditions can be treated with acupuncture.

Respiratory Conditions
Acute sinusitis
Acute rhinitis
Acute bronchitis
Acute tonsillitis
Bronchial asthma
Common cold

Eye Disorders
Acute conjunctivitis
Cataract (without complications)
Central retinitis

Orthopaedic Disorders
Low back pain
Tennis elbow
Rheumatoid arthritis
Periarthritis humeral-scapularis

Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract
Acute and chronic gastritis
Gastric hyperacidity
Chronic duodenal ulcer
Acute and chronic colitis
Paralytic ileus
Acute bacterial dysentery
Spasm of the esophagus and cardia

Neurological Disorders
Trigeminal neuralgia
Peripheral neuropathy
Intercostal neuralgia
Facial paralysis
Paralysis after apoplectic fit
Paralysis caused by poliomyelitis
Meniere's syndrome
Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
Nocturnal enuresis

Disorders of the Oral Cavity
Pain after tooth extraction and root canal

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

People seek out acupuncture treatments for various types of pain with back pain being the most common, followed by joint pain, neck pain, and headaches.

Acupuncture is one of the most studied pain relief modalities in the world. The NCCAM sponsors various acupuncture research projects. Some projects focus on using acupuncture to relieve specific pain conditions. Some projects are focused on how acupuncture can relieve pain in these conditions. The focus of other projects is on how acupuncture physiologically affects the body. Scientific evidence results from laboratory research as well as clinical trials on people.

The NCCAM has determined from the evidence that acupuncture is efficacious or that the research is promising that acupuncture works for the following conditions:

• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Fibromyalgia
• Headache and migraine
• Low back pain
• Menstrual cramps
• Myofascial pain
• Neck pain
• Osteoarthritis and knee pain
• Postoperative dental pain
• Tennis elbow