In an official report entitled "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials," the World Health Organization, WHO, listed the following conditions as effectively treated by acupuncture: low back pain, neck pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, knee pain, periarthritis of the shoulder, sprains, facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders), headache, dental pain, tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction, rheumatoid arthritis, induction of labor, correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation), morning sickness, nausea and vomiting, postoperative pain, stroke, essential hypertension, primary hypotension, renal colic, leucopenia, adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy, allergic rhinitis, including hayfever, biliary colic, depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke), acute bacillary dysentery, primary dysmenorrhea, acute epigastralgia, peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis.
The above list includes only conditions that have been proven, to the standards of WHO, to be effectively treated by acupuncture. There are 68 conditions for which acupuncture has been shown to have therapeutic effect, and a number of other conditions for which acupuncture is being clinically investigated.
There are also numerous clinical case studies that show acupuncture to be effective for stress reduction, insomnia, fertility, addiction and addictive behaviors, a range of psychiatric disorders, skin conditions, generally for most non-emergency and non-life threatening health problems and concerns. It also gaining a reputation as an important preventative modality, helping maintain health and avoid significant illness and disease during life's daily challenges and stresses.
Back pain - acupuncture successfully treats back pain resulting from a variety of causes, from garden variety strained back muscles due to overexertion, pain caused by postural disorders generated by current sedentary lifestyles (i.e. sitting in front of a computer for 10 hours or more a day), the combination of the two - sedentary lifestyle followed by multiple Barry's Boot Camp sessions on the weekend. Acupuncture also addresses pain stemming from more serious concerns such as bulging or herniated discs, sciatica, radiculopathy - nerve pathway pain, scoliosis, arthospondylopathies, and other chronic and severe conditions of the back.
In all types of back pain, acupuncture will reduce inflammation and promote local healing and circulation to more quickly repair tissues and resolve existing pain. In less severe conditions, acupuncture promotes quick healing of muscle strains and back sprains. In severe cases, such as bulging or herniated discs, several medical trials have shown partial healing of the disc area, or remission to the point where the tear is not noticeable.
Neck pain - similarly to back pain, neck pain is caused by either postural problems - our habitual sedentary computer-centric lifestyle, professions which favor one side of the upper back and one arm, such as photography or filmmaking, or fitness classes which emphasize putting weight on the arms, like vinyasa yoga or spin class, or excessive upper body weight lifting - without preparatory neck stretches and strengthening exercises. Additionally, the neck can also be affected by disc and vertebral problems exactly like the back. The above discussion about herniated discs of the back and acupuncture equally applies to the neck.
Digestive Disorders: GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disorder), LPR (laryngo-pharyngeal reflux), IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in managing or resolving acid reflux and it's complications, such a Barett's esophagus, silent reflux/LPR and it's associated upper respiratory tract complications, and simple IBS. Acupuncture can also alleviate symptoms of Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis, and Diverticulosis/diverticulitis. With digestive issues, acupuncture's efficacy is dramatically improved by following appropriate dietary guidelines.
Women's Health: Acupuncture is one of the best tools for regulating women's cycles. The majority of women's health issues stem from excessive hormonal fluctuations which cause fatigue, bloating, lethargy, mood swings and food cravings, inability to focus. Regular acupuncture treatments are among the best available tools to normalize a woman's cycle without drugs, and promote natural energy, balance and health. Acupuncture in conjunction with light herbal teas can effectively manage hormonal imbalances like PCOS, recurring ovarian cysts, endometriosis, premature menopause, and peri-menopausal and menopausal symptoms.
Fertility, including IVF and IUI support