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Questions/Answers

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

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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
Anorexia
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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