WHO Recommendation - TCM


The World Health Organisation (WHO) lists a variety of medical conditions (table below) that may benefit from the use of acupuncture or moxibustion.

This list is based on clinical experience, and not necessarily on controlled clinical research. Furthermore, the inclusion of specific diseases is not meant to indicate the extent of accupuncture's efficacy in treating them.

Respiratory Diseases

Acute sinusitis, acute rhinitis, common cold, acute tonsillitis

Bronchopulmonary Diseases

Acute bronchitis, bronchial asthma

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Spasm of the oesophagus and cardia, hiccups, gastroptosis, acute and chronic gastritis, gastric hyperacidity,

chronic duodenal ulcer, acute and chronic colitis, acute bacteriel dysentery, constipation, diarrhoea

paralytic ileus

Eye Disorders

Acute conjunctivitis, cataract (without complication), myopia, central retinitis

Disorder of the mouth Cavity

Toothache, pain after tooth extraction, gingivitis, pharyngitis

Orthopaedic Disorders

Frozen Shoulder, tennis elbow, sciatica, lower back pain, rhematoid arthritis

Neurological Disorders

Headache, Migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, facial paralysis, paralysis after apoplectic fit, peripheral neuropathy, 

paralysis caused by poliomyelitis, Menière syndrome, neurogenic bladder dysfunction, nocturnal enuresis, intercostal neuralgia

Source: National University Hospital of Singapore, Acupuncture Pain Clinic, Prof Lee.


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