Research


In an official report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced:

1. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved (through controlled trials) to be an effective treatment are as follows:

      •    Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
      •    Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
      •    Biliary colic
      •    Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
      •    Dysentery, acute bacillary
      •    Dysmenorrhoea, primary
      •    Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
      •    Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
      •    Headache
      •    Hypertension, essential
      •    Hypotension, primary
      •    Induction of labour
      •    Knee pain
      •    Leukopenia
      •    Low back pain
      •    Malposition of fetus, correction of
      •    Morning sickness
      •    Nausea and vomiting
      •    Neck pain
      •    Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
      •    Periarthritis of shoulder
      •    Postoperative pain
      •    Renal colic
      •    Rheumatoid arthritis
      •    Sciatica
      •    Sprain
      •    Stroke
      •    Tennis elbow

2. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown:

      •        Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
      •        Acne vulgaris
      •        Alcohol dependence and detoxification
      •        Bell’s palsy
      •        Bronchial asthma
      •        Cancer pain
      •        Cardiac neurosis
      •        Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
      •        Cholelithiasis
      •        Competition stress syndrome
      •        Craniocerebral injury, closed
      •        Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
      •        Earache
      •        Epidemic haemorrhagic fever
      •        Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)
      •        Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
      •        Female infertility
      •        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
      •        Pain due to endoscopic examination
      •        Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
      •        Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome)
      •        Postextubation in children
      •        Postoperative convalescence
      •        Premenstrual syndrome
      •        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
      •        Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
      •        Tietze syndrome
      •        Tobacco dependence
      •        Tourette syndrome
      •        Ulcerative colitis, chronic
      •        Urolithiasis
      •        Vascular dementia
      •        Whooping cough (pertussis)

Links to notable research:

Obstetrics

Fertility

Pain