Conditions and Diseases

In my years of practice, there have been very few conditions or diseases that have not responded positively to acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. During my time at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, I conducted three IRB-approved studies to examine the effectiveness of this medicine. I’m a practitioner who greatly respects research, so I felt it appropriate to include the list below.

The WHO (World Health Organization) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that was designed to investigate and report on international health concerns and medical treatment. After an extensive investigation on the effectiveness of acupuncture and numerous clinical trials, the WHO released an official position and report in 2003. Below, you will see a list of conditions that acupuncture has been shown to effectively treat.

While this list is a great place to start, I have concluded in my own practice that the positive reaches of Chinese Medicine modalities include quite a few conditions that were not researched here.

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

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)


Hypertension, essential 

Hypotension, primary

Induction of labour 

Knee pain


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 




Tennis elbow

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 

Cancer pain 

Cardiac neurosis 

Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation 


Competition stress syndrome 

Craniocerebral injury, closed 

Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent 


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) 




Labour pain 

Lactation, deficiency 

Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic 

Ménière disease 

Neuralgia, post-herpetic 



Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence 


Pain due to endoscopic examination 

Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans 

Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein–Leventhal syndrome) 

Postextubation in children 

Postoperative convalescence 

Premenstrual syndrome 

Prostatitis, chronic 


Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome

Raynaud syndrome, primary 

Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection 

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy 

Retention of urine, traumatic 


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 


Vascular dementia 

Whooping cough (pertussis)

Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which there are only individual controlled trials reportingsome therapeutic effects, but for which acupuncture is worth trying because treatment byconventional and other therapies is difficult:


Choroidopathy, central serous

Colour blindness



Irritable colon syndrome

Neuropathic bladder in spinal cord injury

Pulmonary heart disease, chronic

Small airway obstruction​

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 


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

SOURCE: Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, World Health Organization, 2003,

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