Acupuncture Efficacy And Indications
1. Diseases, symptoms, or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved, through controlled trials, to be an effective treatment.”Dental Dental pain (NIH) Head/Ear/Eye/Nose/Throat Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever) Infectious Diseases Dysentery, acute bacillary Immunological Rheumatoid arthritis Internal Medicine Biliary colic Epigastralgia, acute (incl. PUD, gastritis, gastrospasm) Hypertension, essential Hypotension, primary Nausea & vomiting Leukopenia Renal colic OBGYN Dysmenorrhea, primary Induction of labor Malposition of fetus Morning sickness/pregnancy nausea (NIH) Oncology Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy, incl. nausea & vomiting Neurology, Orthopedics & Physical Medicine Facial pain and spasm Fascitis, myofascial pain Fibromyalgia (NIH) Headache (NIH) Knee pain Low back pain (NIH) Neck pain Periarthritis of Shoulder Post-operative pain Sciatica Sprain Stroke Temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction Tennis elbow or epicondylitis (NIH) Psychiatry Depression (including depressive neurosis, and post-stroke)
2. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed.”Addiction (NIH) Alcohol dependence & detox Opium, cocaine, and heroin dependence Tobacco dependence Dermatology Acne vulgaris Neurodermatitis Pruritis Genito-urinary Female urethral syndrome Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic Prostatitis, chronic Recurrent lower urinary tract infection Retention of urine, traumatic Urolithiasis Head/Ear/Eye/Nose/Throat Earache Epistaxis, simple Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection Meniere's disease Sjogren's syndrome Sore throat (incl. tonsillitis) Infectious Disease Epidemic haemorrhagic fever Hepatitis B virus carrier status Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3) Whooping cough (pertusis) Internal Medicine Abdominal pain (acute gastroenteritis or gastrointestinal spasm) Bronchial asthma (NIH) Cardiac neurosis Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation Cholelithiasis Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin dependent Gastrokinetic disturbance Hyperlipaemia Ulcerative colitis, chronic OB-GYN Female infertility Hypo-ovarianism Labour pain Lactation deficiency Menstrual cramps (NIH only) Polycystic ovary syndrome Premenstrual syndrome Neurology, Orthopedics & Physical Medicine Bell's palsy Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (NIH only) Craniocerebral injury, closed Osteo- and Gouty arthritis (NIH) Radicular and pseudoradicular pain Reflex sympathetic dystrophy Spine pain, acute Stiff neck Stroke rehabilitation (NIH only) Tietze's syndrome Tourette's syndrome Oncology Cancer pain Pediatrics Post-extubation in children Psychiatry Competition stress syndrome Schizophrenia Vascular Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans Raynaud's syndrome, primary Vascular dementia Miscellaneous Obesity Pain due to endoscopic examination Post-operative convalescence Sialism, drug-induced
3. Diseases, symptoms, or conditions for which there are only individual controlled trials reporting some therapeutic effects, but for which acupuncture is worth trying because treatment by conventional and other therapies is difficult.Chloasma Choroidopathy, central serous Color blindness Deafness Hypophrenia Irritable colon syndrome Neuropathic bladder in spinal cord injury Pulmonary heart disease, chronic Small airway obstruction
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