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.
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.
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)
Dysentery, acute bacillary
Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
Induction of labour
Low back pain
Pain in dentistry
Peri-arthritis of shoulder
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)
Alcohol dependence and detoxification
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 urethral syndrome
Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
Hepatitis B virus carrier status
Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)
Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
Pain due to endoscopic examination
Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome)
Postextubation in children
Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
Raynaud syndrome, primary
Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Retention of urine, traumatic
Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
Spine pain, acute
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
Ulcerative colitis, chronic
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
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