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                                     What is acupuncture good for?

Listed below are the answers to this question by two authoritative  organizations:


WHO (World Health Organization) definition of acupuncture indications (controlled trial proved,
2003)

Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Biliary colic
Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
Dysentery (acute bacillary); Dysmenorrhoea (primary)
Epigastralgia (acute in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
Headache
Hypertension (essential); Hypotension (primary)
Induction of labour;
Knee pain
Leukopenia
Low back pain
Malposition of fetus (correction of)
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
Sciatica; Sprain
Stroke
Tennis elbow.

NIH (National Institutes of Health) acupuncture consensus statement (1997)

Acupuncture as a therapeutic intervention is widely practiced in the United States. While there have
been many studies of its potential usefulness, many of these studies provide equivocal results because
of design, sample size, and other factors. The issue is further complicated by inherent difficulties in the
use of appropriate controls, such as placebos and sham acupuncture groups. However, promising
results have emerged, for example, showing efficacy of acupuncture in adult postoperative and
chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain. There are other situations such
as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial
pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma, in which acupuncture may be
useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive
management program. Further research is likely to uncover additional areas where acupuncture
interventions will be useful.
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