In the hands of a well-trained practitioner, acupuncture has much broader applications beyond pain relief.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of common illnesses including:
*Upper Respiratory Tract
Common Cold & Flu
Acute bronchitis Bronchial asthma (Most effective in children and uncomplicated conditions.)
Central Retinitis Myopia (in children)
Cataracts (without complications)
Post Extraction Pain
Acute and Chronic Pharyngitis
Spasms of esophagus
Acute and Chronic Gastritis
Chronic Duodenal Ulcer (pain relief)
Acute Duodenal Ulcer (without complications)
Acute and Chronic Colitis
Acute Bacillary Dysentery
*Neurologic and Musculoskeletal Disorders
Headache and Migraine
Facial Palsy (early stage, i.e., within 3-6 months)
Pareses Following a Stroke
Sequelae of Poliomyelitis (early stage, i.e., within 6 months)
Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction
Nocturnal Enuresis (bedwetting)
Low Back Pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Back and Knee Pain
Sports Injuries and Pains
*Reproductive & Gynecological Conditions
Dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps)
Spotting and Excessive Bleeding
Amenorrhea (Loss of Menstrual Period)
*Mental Emotional Problems
The World Health Organization Interregional Seminar compiled the above list of illnesses that may benefit from acupuncture treatment. The list is only a partial list and is based on clinical experience, and not necessarily on controlled clinical research. The inclusion of specific diseases are not meant to indicate the extent of acupuncture's efficacy in treatment, since all conditions may vary in severity and response.
Source:World Health Organization. Viewpoint on Acupuncture. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, 1979.
The WHO provides a detailed report on Acupuncture Research. The report can be download here.
If you are not sure about whether acupuncture can help you, we would suggest you give us a call or come for a free consultation.