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Conditions Treated by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
A World Health Organization Interregional Seminar on Acupuncture, Moxibustion and Acupuncture Anesthesia was held in Beijing (Peking) in June 1979, attended by participants from twelve countries.

The World Health Organization Interregional Seminar drew up the following provisional list of diseases that lend themselves to acupuncture treatment. The list is based on clinical experience, and not necessarily on controlled clinical research; furthermore, the inclusion of specific diseases are not meant to indicate the extent of acupuncture's efficacy in treating them.

The following is a list of conditions which the World Health Organization determined may respond to acupuncture.
Upper Respiratory Tract
  •   Acute sinusitis
  •   Acute rhinitis
  •   Common Cold and Flu
  •   Acute tonsillitis

Respiratory System
  •   Acute bronchitis
  •   Bronchial asthma (Most effective in children and uncomplicated conditions.)

Eye Disorders
  •   Acute conjunctivitis
  •   Central Retinitis Myopia (in children)
  •   Cataracts (without complications)

Mouth Disorders
  •   Toothache
  •   Post Extraction Pain
  •   Gingivitis
  •   Acute and Chronic Pharyngitis

Gastrointestinal Disorders
  •   Spasms of esophagus
  •   Hiccough
  •   Gastroptosis
  •   Acute and Chronic Gastritis
  •   Gastric Hyperacidity
  •   Chronic Duodenal Ulcer (pain relief)
  •   Acute Duodenal Ulcer (without complications)
  •   Acute and Chronic Colitis
  •   Acute Bacillary Dysentery
  •   Constipation
  •   Diarrhea
  •   Paralytic Ileus

Neurologic and Musculoskeletal Disorders
  •   Headache and Migraine
  •   Trigeminal Neuralgias
  •   Facial Palsy (early stage, i.e., within 3-6 months)
  •   Pareses Following a Stroke
  •   Peripheral Neuropathies
  •   Sequelae of Poliomyelitis (early stage, i.e., within 6 months)
  •   Meniere's Disease
  •   Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction
  •   Nocturnal Enuresis (bedwetting)
  •   Intercostal Neuralgia
  •   Cervicobrachial Syndrome
  •   Frozen Shoulder
  •   Tennis Elbow
  •   Sciatica
  •   Low Back Pain
  •   Osteoarthritis
  •   Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  •   Back and Knee Pain
  •   Fibromyalgia
  •   Chronic Fatigue
  •   Sports Injuries and Pains
  Reproductive & Gynecological Conditions
  •   Premenstrual Syndrome
  •   Dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps)
  •   Spotting and Excessive Bleeding
  •   Amenorrhea (Loss of Menstrual Period)
  •   Impotence
  •   Infertility
  •   Incontinence
  •   Prostatis
  Mental Emotional Problems
  •   Stress
  •   Anxiety
  •   Depression
  •   Insomnia