The World Health Organization recognizes a number of disorders that have been successfully treated by acupuncture. The following partial list includes common disorders that may respond well to acupuncture:

 

NEUROLOGICAL

Headaches, migraines, difficulty sleeping, nervous tension, stroke, some forms of deafness, facial and inter-costal neuralgia, Bell’s Palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, peripheral neuropathy, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), dizziness, Meniere’s disease.

CARDIO-VASCULAR SYSTEM

High or low blood pressure, fluid retention, chest pain, angina pectoris, poor circulation, cold hands and feet, muscle cramps.

RESPIRATORY SYSTEM

Asthma, acute and chronic bronchitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, hay fever, chronic cough, laryngitis, sore throat, influenza, allergies and the common cold.

DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

Toothache, post-extraction pain, gingivitis, mouth ulcers, hiccup, spasms of the esophagus, gastric and duodenal ulcers, GERD, gastritis, heartburn, hiatus hernia syndrome, flatulence, colitis, diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, liver and gall bladder disorders, weight control.

URO-GENITAL SYSTEM

Cystitis, prostatitis, orchitis, low libido, erectile dysfunction, urinary retention, kidney disorders, nocturnal enuresis, bladder dysfunction.

GYNECOLOGICAL AND OBSTETRIC DISORDERS

Premenstrual tension, painful, heavy or irregular, or the absence of periods, abnormal uterine bleeding or discharge, infertility, hormonal disturbances, disorders associated with menopause, prolapse of the uterus or bladder, infertility, morning sickness, fibroids, PCOS.

SKIN

Eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, nerve rash, herpes, acne, scar tissue and resultant adhesions, hair loss and dandruff.

EYES

Visual disorders, red, sore, itchy or watery eyes, conjunctivitis, simple cataracts, myopia in children, central retinitis.

MUSCULO-SKELETAL SYSTEM

Osteoarthritis, sciatica, lumbago, weak back, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, shoulder and neck pain, “frozen shoulder”, “tennis elbow”, plantar fasciitis.

SPORTS INJURIES

Sprained ankles and knees, cartilage problems, corking and tearing of muscles, torn ligaments and bruises.

PSYCHOLOGICAL

Depression, phobias, emotional disturbances, anxiety, nervousness and
addictions such as smoking.