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What can traditional medicine treat?

Many people ask me what acupuncture and Chinese/East Asian medicine can treat. This medicine, like traditional medicine around the world, was our primary care for millennia before the invent of modern medicine this past century. It can treat everything and has it’s own distinct lens for doing so.

Below is a summary of the ailments for which acupuncture was shown to be effective in a meta-analysis of acupuncture research trials undertaken by the WHO in 2003. It is not an exhaustive list of conditions I have seen treated with acupuncture. Click here to read the entire WHO report.

Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
Acne vulgaris
Alcohol dependence and detoxification
Biliary colic

Bell’s palsy
Bronchial asthma

Cancer pain
Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
Competition (repetitive) stress syndrome
Craniocerebral injury, closed
Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)

Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
Dysentery, acute bacillary
Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)

Eye pain
Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)

Female infertility
Facial spasm
Female urethral syndrome
Fibromyalgia and fasciitis

Gastrokinetic disturbance
Gouty arthritis
Hypertension, essential
Hypotension, primary

Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)
Induction of labour

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Knee pain

Labour pain
Lactation, deficiency
Low back pain

Male sexual dysfunction
Ménière disease
Malposition of fetus, correction of
Morning sickness
Nausea and vomiting

Neuralgia, post-herpetic (burning pain associated with shingles outbreaks)
Neck pain

Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
Periarthritis of shoulder
Postoperative pain

Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein–Leventhal syndrome)
Premenstrual syndrome
Prostatitis, chronic
Pulmonary Heart Disease
Renal colic
Rheumatoid arthritis

Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
Raynaud syndrome
Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
Retention of urine

Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
Spine pain, acute
Stiff neck
Tennis elbow

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
Tietze syndrome (inflammation of costal cartilage)
Tobacco dependence
Ulcerative colitis, chronic