Acupuncture’s Acknowledged Benefits: Recognized by NIH and WHO

May 5, 2024

The effectiveness of acupuncture has been acknowledged by leading health organizations like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Both institutions have identified several conditions for which acupuncture provides effective treatment. Here’s a comprehensive list:

Musculoskeletal and Neurological

Acupuncture can alleviate various musculoskeletal and neurological issues, including:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Muscle spasms
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Shingles
  • Stroke recovery
  • Neuralgia and tremors
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Joint pain (knee, shoulder, hip, ankle, wrist, etc.)
  • Back and neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Postoperative pain
  • Sciatica, sprains, and strains
  • Stiff neck and tennis elbow
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Cervical strain
  • Motor vehicle accident recovery
  • Radiculopathy (pinched nerve)
  • Post-concussion syndrome

Emotional and Psychological

Acupuncture is also effective in treating emotional and psychological conditions:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Gynecological and Genitourinary

For gynecological and genitourinary issues, acupuncture proves beneficial in conditions such as:

  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation
  • Endometriosis and menopause symptoms
  • Vaginal dryness and ovarian cysts
  • Fibroids and chronic bladder infections
  • Urinary incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunctions
  • Pudendal neuralgia and pain during sex
  • Pregnancy complications, morning sickness, labor preparation
  • Lactation and breast health
  • Kidney stones and impotence
  • Infertility in men and women
  • Labial adhesions and ovulatory disorders
  • Sexual dysfunction and vulvodynia
  • Prolapse and coccydynia (tailbone pain)


Skin conditions where acupuncture has shown effectiveness include:

  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Hives, rashes, and scars

Digestive and Metabolic

Acupuncture’s benefits extend to digestive and metabolic conditions:

  • Abdominal pain and acid reflux
  • Biliary colic
  • Constipation, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Diabetes (non-insulin-dependent)
  • Gallstones and cholecystitis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Crohn’s disease and colitis
  • Nausea, bloating, vomiting, or general discomfort
  • Obesity and ulcers


For respiratory conditions, acupuncture helps with:

  • Asthma
  • Emphysema and bronchitis
  • Colds and flu
  • Chronic coughs and pneumonia


Immune-related conditions where acupuncture is helpful include:

  • Candida and chronic fatigue
  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • Allergies and lupus
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Hepatitis
  • Autoimmune disorders

Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat

Acupuncture provides relief for conditions such as:

  • Sinusitis and sore throat
  • Hay fever
  • Earache
  • Nerve deafness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Dizziness
  • Poor eyesight


Circulatory conditions improved through acupuncture include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Angina pectoris
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Anemia

Chemotherapy and Radiation Side Effects

Acupuncture is also effective in mitigating the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive upset
  • Pain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Through comprehensive research and clinical practice, both NIH and WHO have established acupuncture’s efficacy in these areas, highlighting its role as a valuable treatment option in modern healthcare.