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What does acupuncture help treat?

Acupuncture is used to treat a variety of conditions ranging from stress/anxiety to pain to disease. The following is a list of common conditions for which acupuncture has been proven effective in clinical studies, according to the World Health Organization (WHO):

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Allergies
  • Blood pressure problems
  • Breech position in pregnancy
  • Depression
  • Facial pain
  • Headache
  • Induction of labor
  • Knee pain
  • Low back pain
  • Menstrual pain
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Pain in dentistry
  • Postoperative pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder

The WHO also recognizes other conditions for which acupuncture has shown efficacy but further research is necessary.

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