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Conditions recommended for acupuncture by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and Word Health Organization (WHO).
According to an NIH consensus panel of scientists, researchers, and practitioners who convened in November 1997, clinical studies have shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment for nausea caused by surgical anesthesia and cancer as well as for dental pain experienced after surgery. The panel also found that acupuncture is useful by itself or combined with conventional therapies to treat addiction, headaches, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma; and to assist in stroke rehabilitation Outside the United States, the World Health Organization (WHO), the health branch of the United Nations, lists more than 40 conditions for which acupuncture may be used. The table lists these conditions.


Conditions Appropriate for Acupuncture Therapy
Digestive:   Eye-Ear-Nose-Throat:   Emotional:   Gynecological:   Musculoskeletal:
Abdominal pain   Cataracts  Anxiety  Infertility  Arthritis
Constipation   Gingivitis  Depression  Menopausal symptoms Back pain
Diarrhea   Tinnitis  Insomnia  Premenstrual syndrome Muscle cramping
Hyperacidity   Toothache  Nervousness    Muscle pain/weakness
Indigestion   Poor vision  Neurosis      Neck pain
                Sciatica

Neurological:   Respiratory:   Miscellaneous:
Headaches   Asthma   Addiction control
Migraines   Bronchitis   Athletic performance
Neurogenic   Common cold   Blood pressure regulation
Bladder dysfunction   Sinusitis   Chronic fatigue
Parkinson's disease   Smoking cessation   Immune system tonification
Postoperative pain   Postoperative pain   Stress reduction
Stroke       Sexual dysfunction