Acupuncture in Bristol 

 What conditions and diseases can be helped with acupuncture?


Acupuncture is widely considered to be beneficial for a range of conditions including musculoskeletal, neurological, gynaecological/fertility, respiratory, gastrointestinal, ENT, emotional, dermatological, and other miscellaneous conditions.

The diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials reported in the recent literature can be classified into four categories.

Below are some of the WHO list*. *Acupuncture: Review & Analysis of Reports on Controlled Trials. World Health Organization 2002

Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved through controlled trials to be an effective treatment:
Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Biliary colic
Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
Dysmenorrhoea, primary
Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
Induction of labour
Knee pain
Low back pain
Malposition of foetus
Morning sickness
Nausea and vomiting
Neck pain
Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
Periarthritis of shoulder
Postoperative pain
Renal colic
Rheumatoid arthritis
Tennis elbow
Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed:
Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
Acne vulgaris
Bell’s palsy
Bronchial asthma
Cancer pain
Cardiac neurosis
Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)
Female infertility
Facial spasm
Female urethral syndrome
Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
Gouty arthritis
Herpes zoster
Labour pain
Lactation, deficiency
Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
Ménière disease
Neuralgia, post-herpetic
Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Premenstrual syndrome
Prostatitis, chronic
Raynaud syndrome, primary
Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Retention of urine, traumatic
Sjögren syndrome
Spine pain, acute
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
Tobacco dependence
Ulcerative colitis, chronic
Vascular dementia
Hooping cough
World Health Organisation Research into Acupuncture
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