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For conditions treated by acupuncture, see the list provided by The World Health Organization's at:
ACUPUNCTURE: REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF REPORTS ON CONTROLLED CLINICAL
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What conditions can acupuncture treat?
According to a recent survey (2008) commissioned by the British Acupuncture Council, the Top 40 Health Problems commonly treated by acupuncturists in the UK are:
1st Back pain* 240
2nd Fertility ♀ 178
3rd Headaches♣ 95
4th Depression 62
5th Skin 60
6th Shoulder* 58
7th Neck* 53
8th Sciatica* 50
9th Arthritis 48
10th Migraine 45
11th Menopause 44
12th Anxiety 43
13th Cosmetic 43
14th Knee* 37
15th Insomnia 35
16th PCOS 31
17th Hip 28
18th Menstrual 28
19th Stress 26
20th ME/CFS 26
21st Obesity 26
22nd Smoking 26
23rd Foot* 25
24th Endometriosis 21
25th Sinuses 20
26th Breech baby 20
27th Hyper/hypo-tension 19
28th Tinnitus 19
29th Urinary 18
30th Elbow* 18
31st Miscarriage 17
32nd Colitis/Crohns 16
33rd IBS 15
34th Bloating 13
35th Constipation 13
36th Asthma 12
37th Induction 12
38th Panic 12
39th MS 12
40th Morning sickness 12
Almost 10% of respondents were seeking help with back pain.
The top 5 problems in
the above table represent 25% of the total 2495 responses.
California Occupational Survey
In 1996, an occupational survey was conducted under contract to the California State Acupuncture Committee in order to update the content of the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam. This survey identified well over one hundred conditions or categories of conditions treated. The following is a top twenty-five conditions the Licensed Acupuncturists treated.
Anxiety & Depression
Arthritis, Tendonitis, & Joint pain
Asthma & Allergies
Bladder and Kidney Infections
Cardiac Palpitations (Irregular Heartbeat)
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Common Cold & Influenza
Degenerative Disk Disorders
Diet, Nutrition, & Weight Control
Headaches & Migraines
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Indigestion, Gas, Bloating, Constipation
Pain - other kinds
PMS & Menstrual Irregularity
Tension / Stress Syndromes
The Maryland Acupuncture Society contracted for a patient survey to be conducted in 1999, with the results being published in January, 2000.
The Patient Satisfaction Survey - Final Report lists the following thirteen most common conditions for which patients sought treatment from an acupuncturist.
Over 80% of the respondants also found these treatments to be very effective or moderately effective.
Thirteen Commonly and Effectively Treated Conditions:
Stress/Tension, Depression/Mood, Fatique/Energy, Back Pain, Other Musculoskeletal Pain, Arthritis, Migraine, Other Headaches, Female Concerns, Gastrointestinal problems, Allergies, Asthma, Health/Wholeness well being
Ratings of the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating these conditions were very high.
In the case of stress, for example, 68% said that acupuncture was a “very effective” treatment for this condition, and another 29% said it was moderately effective.
With respect to pain, 55% and 62% respectively, said that acupuncture was very effective for back and other kinds of pain, and only 12% said it was not all, or only mildly effective. Effectiveness ratings for other conditions were similarly positive.
A nationwide survey in 2005 in Japan show similar patterns of use of acupuncture to american and european consumers.
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Table 1 Percentages of Japanese people who had used acupuncture in the past 12 months
Age group 20-39 years 40-59 years 60-79 years Total
Males 5.9% (11/188) 5.9% (11/187) 4.3% (5/116) 5.5% (27/491)
Females 8.8% (16/181) 7.4% (14/189) 7.2% (10/139) 7.9% (40/509)
Total 7.3% (27/369) 6.6% (25/376) 5.9% (15/255) 6.7% (67/1000)
(Acupuncture users/total number in parentheses)
Table 2 Medical conditions for which acupuncture was used by the Japanese respondents
Condition treated %
Low back pain 37 (25/67)
Stiff neck 28 (19/67)
Shoulder pain 7 (5/67)
Knee or lower extremity pain 7 (5/67)
Neck pain 4 (3/67)
Pain (region unspecified) 4 (3/67)
Shoulder (symptom unspecified) 3 (2/67)
Headache 3 (2/67)
Fever 3 (2/67)
Fatigue 3 (2/67)
Elbow pain 3 (2/67)
Abdominal pain 3 (2/67)
Others 10 (7/67)
(Number of case/total number of acupuncture users (n=67). Percentages do not total 100 because some
respondents gave more than one condition.)
In Europe acupuncture is often assimilated into a
large and heterogeneous category of treatments, the
“so-called” complementary and alternative medicine
(CAM) or unconventional therapeutic methods .
The reviewed information indicates that the rapid
growth in the popularity of acupuncture and CAM in
the last 15 years is a common denominator in
According to the latest data, 9 million of Italians have experienced CAM. In detail, they have been submitted to homeopathy (5.8％), massage (20.5%), herb therapy (10.5%) and acupuncture (5.8%).
Main indications for these therapies are
musculoskeletal problems, allergic diseases,respiratory and gynecological conditions, neurological disorders (migraine, facial palsy and in the previous 1-2 years the percentage of Italian people who underwent to acupuncture has been
The data collected between 1995 and 1997 in the
public centre of Civitanova Marche showed that
symptoms treated by acupuncture were: rheumatism
(48%), respiratory and otolaryngological diseases
(34%), psychiatric and neurological disorders (32%),
diseases of the digestive system (32%),
cardiovascular diseases (27%) and urologic (19%),
dermatologic (16%), gynecological disorders (14%).
Besides, between 1991 (2.1%) and 1999
(2.9%) a 0.8% increase of this percentage has been
Nowadays every year 4% of Italians receive acupuncture.
Medical doctors who are using acupuncture as one of the therapeutic method are approximately 15,000 and acupuncture is practiced in approximately 122 public pain centers, where the national health insurance system covers the expense of the treatment.
I treat eczema and other skin problems in adults and children using Chinese herbs, acupuncture and Homeopathy, often in combination; this allow me to get good results with mild treatment.
I prefer to use homeopathy for babies and young children, and often combine Chinese herbs and acupuncture for adults.
Not all skin conditions can be cured, but it is often possible to minimise the condition or force it into remission; many types of eczema, skin rashes and inflammations respond quickly to treatment.
Pj Cousin is a full member of the British Acupuncture Council and of the Unified Register of herbal Practitioners
is one of the oldest and most mysterious form of health care, the first book on this subject is about 2500 years old, and there are indications that the Chinese were already using a crude form of TCM 4000 years ago.
Today, this medical system is widely used in China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea and all around Asia; in China alone there are 2500 hospitals specialising in TCM. This complex medical system is taught in 30 Chinese universities, to thousands of students from 120 different countries.
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