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Who's list



Over the years, acupuncture has convinced millions of people around the world with its remarkable effects and impressive results on various ailments. In 1979, acupuncture was officially recognized as a treatment method by the World Health Organization (WHO). Although acupuncture is proven to be effective against almost all ailments, the WHO believes that not everyone is equally susceptible to this form of treatment. Therefore, the WHO has compiled a list of conditions where acupuncture is likely to be beneficial.

The list is based on extensive experience and acupuncture has become more widely used in conventional healthcare in recent years. It is now used in various areas, such as pregnancy and childbirth, with maternity wards offering acupuncture to relieve pain and calm the laboring mother.



Here is the WHO's list of conditions where acupuncture can be used:

  • All types of pain
  • Rheumatic diseases of joints and muscles
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Back pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Tennis elbow
  • Menstrual problems
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Sinusitis
  • High blood pressure
  • Eczema
  • Circulatory problems
  • Disorders of the sensory organs
  • Immune diseases
  • Hormonal disorders


WHO - The World Health Organization of the United Nations has compiled a list of conditions that can benefit from treatment with acupuncture. See the WHO list here.

Doctors around the world are increasingly using acupuncture due to its effectiveness and relative lack of side effects compared to traditional medical treatments.

In Denmark, studies have shown positive results in the treatment of chemotherapy reactions and pregnancy nausea. There are also documented results in the treatment of infertility.

US military forces have successfully implemented acupuncture treatment to manage post-traumatic stress disorder in war veterans