Common conditions treated with acupuncture:

Acupuncture is effective for many disorders including: neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, wrist pain, mild anxiety, mild depression, fatigue, auto-immune disease, hormone balancing and fertility.

I use a Japanese blind practitioner style of acupuncture, where I feel for points rather than measuring, and which includes use of smaller needles, and a different diagnostic approach.


Below is a list from the World Health Organization.  I present this list for your information, but I would not attempt to use acupuncture or even acupuncture combined with conventional or other methods to treat some things on the list.  An single asterix * is placed next to condtions that I rarely use acupuncture to treat, and a double asterix ** for conditions where I commonly use acupuncture.

The following is a list of Conditions Recommended for Acupuncture by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.)
Respiratory Diseases

  • Acute sinusitis *
  • Acute rhinitis *
  • Common cold
  • Acute tonsillitis

Bronchopulmonary Diseases

  • Acute bronchitis *
  • Bronchial asthma

Eye Disorders

  • Acute conjuctivitis
  • Cataract (without complications)
  • Myopia
  • Central retinitis

Disorders of the Mouth Cavity

  • Toothache **
  • Pain after tooth extraction **
  • Gingivitis
  • Pharyngitis *

Orthopedic Disorders

  • Periarthritis humeroscapularis
  • Tennis elbow **
  • Sciatica. **
  • Low back pain **
  • Rheumatoid arthritis **

Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Spasm of the esophagus and cardia
  • Hiccups
  • Gastroptosis
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Gastric hyperacidity
  • Chronic duodenal ulcer
  • Acute and chronic colitis
  • Acute bacterial dysentery
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Paralytic ileus

Neurologic Disorders

  • Headache **
  • Migraine **
  • Trigeminal neuralgia **
  • Facial paralysis **
  • Paralysis after apoplectic fit
  • Peripheral neuropathy **
  • Paralysis caused by poliomyelitis
  • Meniere’s syndrome **
  • Neurogenic bladder dysfunction **
  • Nocturnal enuresis
  • Intercostal neuralgia **