New studies proving the efficacy of acupuncture are published regularly. If the condition or health concern for which you are seeking treatment does not appear here, this does not mean that acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine will not benefit you.
If you have any questions about the health benefits of acupuncture, please feel to contact Mar Vista Center for Acupuncture for assistance or to set up an appointment for a treatment or a free consultation.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine as effective in treating a wide range of common illnesses including, but not limited to:
Eye, ear, mouth & throat disorders
allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
sore throat (including tonsillitis)
upper respiratory tract infection
bronchial asthma (most effective in children and uncomplicated conditions)
Circulatory & blood disorders
hypertension (high blood pressure)
hypotension (low blood pressure)
nausea & vomiting
acute chronic gastritis
gastric hyperacidity (acid reflux)
peptic ulcer (pain relief)
chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
acute duodenal ulcer (without complications)
cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
irritable bowel syndrome (ibs)
acute bacillary dysentery
premenstrual syndrome (pms)
dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps & pain)
spotting & excessive menstrual bleeding
amenorrhea (loss of menstrual period)
polycystic ovary syndrome
malposition of fetus (correction of)
induction of labor
female urethral syndrome
retention of urine
urinary tract infections
infertility (male & female)
Emotional & psychological disorders
diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
Addiction & dependence disorders
nicotine & tobacco
drugs (cocaine, heroin, opium)
Bone, muscle, joint & nervous system disorders
headache & migraine
facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
temporomendibular joint dysfunction
radicular & pseudoradicular pain syndrome
periarthritis of shoulder
carpal tunnel syndrome
low back pain
neurogenic bladder dysfunction
nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting)
pareses (following a stroke)
chronic fatigue syndrome
herpes zoster (shingles)
neuralgia (pain after shingles)
adverse reactions to radiotherapy &/or chemotherapy
A world health organization interregional seminar on acupuncture, moxibustion, and acupuncture anesthesia was held in Beijing, China in June 1979. In 1996, a further who consultation on acupuncture was held in Cervia, Italy.
The participants in these World Health Organization seminars drew up the above list of diseases that lend themselves to acupuncture treatment. The list is based on clinical experience, and not necessarily on controlled clinical research. The inclusion of specific diseases is not meant to indicate the extent of acupuncture’s efficacy in treatment, since all conditions may vary in severity and response.
World Health Organization. viewpoint on acupuncture, 1979.
World Health Organization. Acupuncture: review and analysis of reports on controlled clinical trials, 1996.
If you have any questions about how acupuncture can benefit your health please feel free to contact Mar Vista Center for Acupuncture for assistance or to set up an appointment for a treatment or a free consultation.