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W.H.O. Acupuncture and The NIH Consensus Study

In 2003, the World Health Organization published a landmark study, titled “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials”. A summary of their findings is quoted below.

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, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment:

  1. Adverse reactions to chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy
  2. Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  3. Biliary colic
  4. Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  5. Dysentery, acute bacillary
  6. Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
  7. Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
  8. Headaches & Migraines
  9. Hypertension, essential (high blood pressure)
  10. Hypotension, primary (low blood pressure)
  11. Knee pain
  12. Leukopenia
  13. Low back pain
  14. Menstrual Cramps (Dysmenorrhoea, primary)
  15. Morning sickness
  16. Nausea and vomiting
  17. Neck pain
  18. Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and TMJ temporomandibular dysfunction)
  19. Periarthritis of shoulder (frozen shoulder)
  20. Postoperative pain
  21. Renal colic
  22. Rheumatoid arthritis
  23. Sciatica
  24. Sprain
  25. Stroke
  26. Tennis elbow

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

  1. Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
  2. Acne vulgaris
  3. Alcohol dependence and detoxification
  4. Bell’s palsy
  5. Bronchial asthma
  6. Cancer pain
  7. Cardiac neurosis
  8. Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
  9. Cholelithiasis
  10. Competition stress syndrome
  11. Craniocerebral injury, closed
  12. Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
  13. Earache
  14. Epidemic haemorrhagic fever
  15. Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)
  16. Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
  17. Female infertility
  18. Facial spasm
  19. Female urethral syndrome
  20. Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
  21. Gastrokinetic disturbance
  22. Gouty arthritis
  23. Hepatitis B virus carrier status
  24. Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)
  25. Hyperlipaemia
  26. Hypo-ovarianism
  27. Insomnia
  28. Labour pain
  29. Lactation, deficiency
  30. Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
  31. Ménière disease
  32. Neuralgia, post-herpetic
  33. Neurodermatitis
  34. Obesity
  35. Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
  36. Osteoarthritis
  37. Pain due to endoscopic examination
  38. Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
  39. Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome)
  40. Postextubation in children
  41. Postoperative convalescence
  42. Premenstrual syndrome
  43. Prostatitis, chronic
  44. Pruritus
  45. Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
  46. Raynaud syndrome, primary
  47. Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
  48. Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  49. Retention of urine, traumatic
  50. Schizophrenia
  51. Sialism, drug-induced
  52. Sjögren syndrome
  53. Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
  54. Spine pain, acute
  55. Stiff neck
  56. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
  57. Tietze syndrome
  58. Tobacco dependence
  59. Tourette syndrome
  60. Ulcerative colitis, chronic
  61. Urolithiasis
  62. Vascular dementia
  63. Whooping cough (pertussis)
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