Since its introduction to the United States, acupuncture has been used as a therapeutic intervention to treat or cure a wide range of ailments.
 
In 1997, a consensus statement released by the National Institutes of Health found that acupuncture could be useful by itself or in combination with other therapies to treat:

addiction
headaches
menstrual cramps
tennis elbow
fibromyalgia
myofascial pain
osteoarthritis
lower back pain
carpal tunnel syndrome
asthma 
rehabilitation of stroke patients
can relieve nausea in patients recovering from surgery
postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting
postoperative  dental pain
 
The consensus statement further states that:
“...acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative, or be included in a comprehensive management  program.”
 
 
In the late 1970s, the World Health Organization recognized the ability of acupuncture to treat a wide range of medical problems. The  following is a list of some of the more common conditions treatable by Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture, as outlined by the WHO.
 
Upper Respiratory Tract
  Acute sinusitis
  Acute rhinitis
  Common cold
  Acute tonsillitis
 Sore throat
 
Respiratory  System
  Acute bronchitis
  Allergies
  Bronchial asthma (most effective in children and in patients without  
   complicating diseases)
  Emphysema
  Recurrent chest infections
 
Circulatory Disorders
  Hypertension
  Angina pectoris
  Arteriosclerosis
  Anemia
 
Disorders of the Eye
  Acute conjunctivitis
  Central retinitis
  Myopia (in children)
  Cataract (without complications)
 
Disorders of the Mouth
  Toothache, post-extraction pain
  Gingivitis
  Acute and chronic pharyngitis
 
Gastrointestinal Disorders
  Spasms of esophagus and cardia
  Hiccough
  Gastroptosis
  Acute and chronic gastritis
  Gastric hyperacidity
  Indigestion
  Anorexia
  Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
  Acute duodenal ulcer (without complications)
  Acute and chronic colitis
  Food allergies
  Acute bacillary dysentery
  Constipation
  Diarrhea
  Paralytic ileus
 Spastic colon 
  Nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy
 
 
Neurological and Musculoskeletal Disorders
  Headache and migraine
  Trigeminal neuralgia
  Facial palsy (early stage, i.e., within three to six months)
  Facial tics
  Pareses following a stroke
  Peripheral neuropathies
  Sequelae of poliomyelitis (early stage, i.e.,  within six months)
  Meniere's disease
  Neuralgia
  Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
  Nocturnal enuresis
  Intercostal neuralgia
  Cervicobrachial syndrome
  Insomnia
  Dizziness
  Neck pain
 Various forms of tendinitis
  Frozen shoulder
  Tennis elbow
  Sciatica
  Low back pain
  Osteoarthritis
  Fibromyalgia
 
Emotional and Psychological Disorders
  Depression
  Anxiety
 
Addictions
  Alcohol, nicotine and other drugs
 
Urinary, Menstrual. and Reproductive Problems



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