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What conditions can Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treat?

The following is a comprehensive list of some of the conditions treatable by Acupuncture & TCM, as outlined by the World Health Organisation.

Diseases or disorders highlighted indicate that there is more in depth information available on this condition on Acupuncture.com.au

The diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials reported in the recent literature can be classified into four categories as shown below.

1. Diseases for which acupuncture may be considered mainstream treatment: (Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment)

2. Diseases for which acupuncture is effective, but further proof is needed to include it into mainstream healthcare: (diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed)

  • Abdominal Pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
  • Acne vulgaris
  • Alcohol dependence and detoxification
  • Bell's palsy
  • Bronchial asthma (View detailed Acupuncture Q&A information) (most effective in children and in patients without complicating diseases)
  • Cancer Pain
  • Cardiac neurosis
  • Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Competition stress syndrome
  • Craniocerebral injury, closed
  • Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent (View detailed Acupuncture Q&A information)
  • Earache
  • Epidemic haemorrhagic fever
  • Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)
  • Eye Pain due to subconjunctival injection
  • Female infertility (View detailed Acupuncture Q&A information)
  • Facial spasm
  • Female urethral syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
  • Gastrokinetic disturbance
  • Gouty arthritis
  • Hepatitis B virus carrier status
  • Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)
  • Hyperlipaemia
  • Hypo-ovarianism
  • Insomnia
  • Labour Pain
  • Lactation, deficiency
  • Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
  • Ménière disease
  • Neuralgia, post-herpetic
  • Neurodermatitis
  • Obesity
  • Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
  • Osteoarthritis (View detailed Acupuncture Q&A information)
  • Pain due to endoscopic examination
  • Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome)
  • Postextubation in children
  • Postoperative convalescence
  • Premenstrual syndrome (View detailed Acupuncture Q&A information)
  • Prostatitis, chronic
  • Pruritus
  • Radicular and pseudoradicular Pain syndrome
  • Raynaud syndrome, primary
  • Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Retention of urine, traumatic
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sialism, drug-induced
  • Sjögren syndrome
  • Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
  • Spine Pain, acute
  • Stiff neck (View detailed Acupuncture Q&A information)
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
  • Tietze syndrome
  • Tobacco dependence
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis, chronic
  • Urolithiasis
  • Vascular dementia
  • Whooping cough (pertussis)
3. Diseases for which acupuncture is worth trying, because the treatment by western medicine is difficult:  (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)

  • Chloasma
  • Choroidopathy, central serous
  • Colour blindness
  • Deafness
  • Hypophrenia
  • Irritable colon syndrome
  • Neuropathic bladder in spinal cord injury
  • Pulmonary heart disease, chronic
  • Small airway obstruction
4. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture may be tried provided the practitioner has special modern medical knowledge and adequate monitoring equipment:

  • Breathlessness in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Coma
  • Convulsions in infants
  • Coronary heart disease (angina pectoris)
  • Diarrhoea in infants and young children
  • Encephalitis, viral, in children, late stage
  • Paralysis, progressive bulbar and pseudobulbar

The following are other conditions Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can treat which are not classified using the above system.

Acute sinusitis
Common Cold
Acute bronchitis
Acute conjunctivitis
Central retinitis
Myopia (in children)
Cataract (without complications)
Toothache, post-extraction pain
Gingivitis
Acute and chronic pharyngitis
Spasms of esophagus and cardia
Hiccough
Gastroptosis
Acute and chronic gastritis
Gastric hyperacidity
Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
Acute duodenal ulcer (without complications)
Acute and chronic colitis
Acute bacillary dysentery
Constipation
Diarrhea
Paralytic ileus
Trigeminal neuralgia
Frozen shoulder
Pareses following a stroke
Sequelae of poliomyelitis (early stage, i.e., within six months)
Meniere's disease
Nocturnal enuresis
Intercostal neuralgia
Cervicobrachial syndrome

References:

World Health Organisation: Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials 2002

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