World Health Organization and Acupuncture

One of the most common questions I am asked is "can acupuncture treat _____?" The short answer is generally, yes. The explanation of how and the efficacy for each condition will of course vary. Here is an up to date list of what the World Health Organization considers acupuncture to be effective at treating. This list is by no means complete  or exclusionary - remember, Traditional Chinese Medicine has been a stand alone medical system for thousands of years!

Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
Acne vulgaris
Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
Alcohol dependence and detoxification
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Bell’s palsy
Biliary colic
Bronchial asthma
Cancer pain
Cardiac neurosis
Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
Competition stress syndrome
Craniocerebral injury, closed
Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
Dysentery, acute bacillary
Dysmenorrhoea, primary
Epidemic haemorrhagic fever
Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)
Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
Facial spasm
Female infertility
Female urethral syndrome
Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
Gastrokinetic disturbance
Gouty arthritis
Hepatitis B virus carrier status
Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)
Hypertension, essential
Hypotension, primary
Induction of labour
Knee pain
Labour pain
Lactation, deficiency
Low back pain
Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
Malposition of fetus, correction of
Ménière disease
Morning sickness
Nausea and vomiting
Neck pain
Neuralgia, post-herpetic
Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
Pain due to endoscopic examination
Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
Periarthritis of shoulder
Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein–Leventhal syndrome)
Postextubation in children
Postoperative convalescence
Postoperative pain
Premenstrual syndrome
Prostatitis, chronic
Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
Raynaud syndrome, primary
Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Renal colic
Retention of urine, traumatic
Rheumatoid arthritis
Sialism, drug-induced
Sjögren syndrome
Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
Spine pain, acute
Stiff neck
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
Tennis elbow
Tietze syndrome
Tobacco dependence
Tourette syndrome
Ulcerative colitis, chronic
Vascular dementia
Whooping cough (pertussis)