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This page will have a list of common questions about what conditions acupuncture can treat.


Indications according to acupuncturists in the West
According to the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (2004), acupuncture may be considered as a complementary therapy for the conditions in the list below. The conditions labeled with * are also included in the World Health Organization list of acupuncture indications:

Abdominal distention/flatulence*
Acute and chronic pain control*
Allergic sinusitis *
Anesthesia for high-risk patients or patients with previous adverse responses to anesthetics
Anxiety, fright, panic*
Arthritis/arthrosis *
Atypical chest pain (negative workup)
Bursitis, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome*
Certain functional gastrointestinal disorders (nausea and vomiting, esophageal spasm, hyperacidity, irritable bowel) *
Cervical and lumbar spine syndromes*
Constipation, diarrhea *
Cough with contraindications for narcotics
Drug detoxification *
Dysmenorrhea, pelvic pain *
Frozen shoulder *
Headache (migraine and tension-type), vertigo (Meniere disease), tinnitus *
Idiopathic palpitations, sinus tachycardia
In fractures, assisting in pain control, edema, and enhancing healing process
Muscle spasms, tremors, tics, contractures*
Neuralgias (trigeminal, herpes zoster, postherpetic pain, other)
Paresthesias *
Persistent hiccups*
Phantom pain
Plantar fasciitis*
Post-traumatic and post-operative ileus *
Premenstrual syndrome
Selected dermatoses (urticaria, pruritus, eczema, psoriasis)
Sequelae of stroke syndrome (aphasia, hemiplegia) *
Seventh nerve palsy
Severe hyperthermia
Sleep disorders
Sprains and contusions
Temporo-mandibular joint derangement, bruxism *
Urinary incontinence, retention (neurogenic, spastic, adverse drug effect) *
Additionally, other sources advocate the use of acupuncture for the following conditions:

Infertility, regarding in vitro fertilization

Cosmetic acupuncture for reducing facial wrinkles and dull complexion

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