Conditions Treated

Conditions Treated With Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

In 2003 the World Health Organization published a document called Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials.  The objective was “to provide a review and analysis of controlled clinical trials of acupuncture therapy, as reported in the current literature, with a view to strengthening and promoting the appropriate use of acupuncture in health care systems throughout the world.”

Section 3 of the publication is a discussion of “the diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials reported in the recent literature.”  Below is a partial listing of these conditions.  Conditions listed in blue have been treated at this clinic.

1. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved – through controlled trials – to be an effective treatment:

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Allergic rhinitis /  hay fever
  • Low back pain
  • Leukopenia
  • Depression (including depression following stroke)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dysentery, acute bacillary
  • Morning sickness
  • Dysmenorrhoea, primary
  • Neck Pain
  • Epigastralgia, acute (acute/chronic gastritis, gastrospasm)Periarthritis of shoulder
  • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)Postoperative pain
  • Headache
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Hypertension, essential
  • Sciatica
  • Hypotension, primary
  • Sprain
  • Induction of labor
  • Stroke
  • Knee pain
  • Tennis Elbow

2. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed:

  • Abdominal pain (acute gastroenteritis / gastrointestinal spasm)
  • Labor Pain
  • Acne vulgaris
  • Lactation, deficiency
  • Alcohol dependence and detoxification
  • Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Neuralgia, post-herpatic
  • Cancer pain
  • Neurodermatitis
  • Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
  • Obesity
  • Cholelithiasis (gall stones
  • Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
  • Competition stress syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Earache
  • Postoperative convalescence
  • Epidemic hemorrhagic fever
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Female infertility
  • Prostatitis, chronic
  • Facial spasm
  • Raynaud syndrome, primary
  • Female urethral syndrome
  • Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
  • Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
  • Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
  • Gouty arthritis
  • Spine pain, acute
  • Hepatitis B virus carrier status
  • Stiff neck
  • Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
  • Hyperlipademia
  • Tobacco dependence
  • Hypo-ovarianism
  • Ulcerative colitis, chronic
  • Insomnia
  • Whooping cough (pertussis)

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