Acupuncture Benefits

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat a whole host of diseases. It is fully integrated within the Chinese and Japanese Medical Care System running alongside Western Medicine.  

Acupuncture is used regularly by millions of people worldwide and has spread across the globe. 

Acupuncture works by rebalancing the whole person, balancing the body and mind.

Many hundreds of thousand people have benefited from the feeling of relaxation and well being that acupuncture offers.

Acupuncture Research

There is a growing movement for comparative effectiveness research, rather than placebo trials, to be at the forefront of evaluating the benefits of healthcare options such as acupuncture. (Witt et al 2012a and 2012b, Greenfield and Kaplan 2012, Olfson and Marcus 2013, Scott 2013).

This is why the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), which is funded by the Department of Health, now funds research based on a complex mosaic of methodologies when investigating acupuncture.

The NIHR now recognise that modern medical research methods have evolved beyond placebo-controlled Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) for assessing complex interventions such as acupuncture.


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World Health Organisation (WHO)

In 2003 WHO, an organisation solely dedicated to global health not profit, published a comprehensive list of diseases it believes Acupuncture has been proven to treat.

Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which WHO considers 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


Dysentery, acute bacillary

Dysmenorrhoea, primary

Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)

Facial pain


Hypertension, essential

Hypotension, primary

Induction of labour

Knee pain


Low back pain

Neck pain

Pain in dentistry 

Peri-arthritis of shoulder

Postoperative pain

Renal colic

Rheumatoid arthritis




Tennis elbow

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Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the WHO considers 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

Ulcerative colitis, chronic


Vascular dementia

Whooping cough (pertussis)


Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the WHO considers 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 the WHO considers 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



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