ACU list

Acupuncture can help you with:

​Extract from the WHO report
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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:

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
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 Neurodermatitis
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
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 reporting some therapeutic effects, but for which acupuncture is worth trying because treatment by conventional 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