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What can acupuncture treat?

Over the last twenty years, both the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) confirm that acupuncture is effective in treating the following symptoms, conditions, and diseases in these areas of the body:


Head / Neck:

  • Stroke

  • Headache

  • Facial pain

  • TMJ (TemporoMandibular Joint dysfunction; jaw pain)

  • Dental pain

  • Allergic rhinitis (stuffy nose)

  • Hay fever

  • Depression

  • Neck pain

  • Postoperative pain of the neck (pain after surgery)


Shoulder / Arms / Hands:

  • Peri-arthritis of the shoulder

  • Tennis elbow

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Postoperative pain of the shoulder / arm or hand (pain after surgery)


Abdomen / Pelvic Area:

  • Essential hypertension (high blood pressure)

  • Primary hypotension (low blood pressure)

  • Leucopenia (low white blood cell count)

  • Acute epigastralgia (upper abdominal pain)

  • Acute and chronic gastritis (stomach inflammation)

  • Induction of labor

  • Breech birth presentation (breech baby)

  • Morning sickness (with pregnancy)

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Radiation/chemo reactions

  • Biliary colic (gallbladder attack)

  • Peptic ulcer (stomach ulcer)

  • Primary dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation)

  • Acute bacillary dysentery (infectious diarrhea)

  • Postoperative pain of the abdomen or pelvic region (pain after surgery)



  • Renal colic (kidney stone pain)

  • Low back pain

  • Postoperative pain of the back (pain after surgery)


Hips / Legs / Knees / Ankle / Foot:

  • Sciatica (pain, numbness, tingling, weakness originating in the lower back and running down the leg)

  • Knee pain

  • Sprains

  • Postoperative pain of the hip, leg, knee, ankle or foot (pain after surgery)


Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH), Acupuncture, Nov. 3–5, 1997, Vol. 15, No. 52. World Health Organization. Viewpoint on Acupuncture. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, 1979.

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