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Common Ailments

Acupuncture is used to treat a variety of conditions ranging from stress, anxiety to pain.

The following is a list of conditions have been listed on a range strong evidence to inconclusive evidence. Please view  the Acupuncture evidence Projecthttps://www.acupuncture.org.au/resources/publications/the-acupuncture-evidence-project-a-comparative-literature-review-2017/

The report highlighted there was significant scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture for the following conditions:

 Pain – low back, neck, shoulder, heel, lateral elbow, pelvic, temporomandibular (TMJ), sciatica, back or pelvic pain during pregnancy, pelvic and prostatitis pain, labour pain, cancer pain, headache (tension and chronic), migraine prophylaxis, postoperative pain and knee osteoarthritis

Emotional – anxiety, cancer-related fatigue, depression (with medication), insomnia, PTSD

 Digestive – irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, postoperative and chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting

Respiratory – allergic rhinitis, asthma in adults

Miscellaneous – menopausal hot flushes, restless legs syndrome, smoking cessation, hypertension (with medication), moderating sensory perception thresholds, dry eye

They also concluded that “further research is needed to clarify the effectiveness of acupuncture” in the following conditions due to conflicting evidence or poor quality reviews:

Musculoskeletal – Carpal tunnel syndrome, exercise performance and post-exercise recovery, lumbar spinal stenosis, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injury, whiplash associated disorder

Obstetric – Assisted conception in ART, hyperemesis gravidarum, induction of labour, post natal depression

Gynaecological – Dysmenorrhoea, premenstrual syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, primary ovarian insufficiency, uterine fibroids

Digestive – Functional dyspepsia, inflammatory bowel disease

Miscellaneous – Atopic dermatitis, chronic urticaria, psoriasis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Meniere’s disease, tinnitus, urinary incontinence, poor sperm quality