The World Health Organization recognizes the
ability of acupuncture and traditional Oriental medicine to treat over 43 common disorders including:
Gastrointestinal Disorders, such as food allergies, peptic ulcer,
chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness,
anorexia and gastritis.
Uro-genital Disorders, including stress incontinence, urinary
tract infections, and sexual dysfunction.
According to the results of a randomized study reported in the July 2005
issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, acupuncture was found to be a
potentially successful treatment of urinary urgency, frequency, and
urgency incontinence. ( Sandra L. Emmons, MD, and Lesley Otto, MD, from
the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland).
Gynecological Disorders, such as irregular, heavy, or painful
menstruation, infertility in women and men, and premenstrual syndrome
A German study published in the 2002 journal Fertility and Sterility
found that 42% of women who received acupuncture just before and after
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) became pregnant, compared with 26% of IVF
patients who got pregnant without acupuncture.
Respiratory Disorders, such as emphysema, sinusitis, asthma,
allergies and bronchitis.
Disorders of the Bones, Muscles, Joints and Nervous System, such
as arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness and low
back, neck and shoulder pain.
A landmark study funded by the National Center for Complementary and
Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Institute of Arthritis and
Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) recently concluded that
acupuncture was effective for providing pain relief for people with
osteoarthritis of the knee.
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Circulatory Disorders, such as
hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia.
A University of California , Irvine study found that acupuncture treats
hypertension. Electro acupuncture treatments helped to lower high blood
pressure in rats by as much as 50 percent. "This suggests that
acupuncture can be an excellent complement to other medical treatments,”
said Dr Longhurst, the study's lead researcher. “Especially for those
treating the cardiac system.”
Emotional and Psychological Disorders, including depression, and
Addictions, such as alcohol, nicotine and drugs
Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders
*Note: Acupuncture is often effective therapy for other chronic and
painful debilitating disorders which have no clear explanation or
”We are born into the
world of nature; our second birth is into the world of spirit.” -Bhagavad