What is Acupuncture Good For?

According to the World Health Organization, indications for which acupuncture has been proven through controlled trials to be an effective treatment include:

  • Abdominal pain (in peptic ulcer, gastritis, and gastrospasm)
  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Depression
  • Facial pain (including dental and craniomandibular disorders)
  • Headache
  • High and low blood pressure
  • Induction of labor & correction of malposition of the fetus
  • Knee & elbow pain
  • Leukopenia
  • Low back pain & sciatica
  • Muscle sprains
  • Nausea and vomiting (including morning sickness)
  • Neck pain
  • Pain due to stones in the kidneys or gallbladder
  • Painful menstruation (including PMS)
  • Periarthritis of shoulder
  • Postoperative pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Stroke

How Long Do I Need To Get Acupuncture?


Due to high effectiveness, if the condition is acute, or still within the immediate post-injury healing process it may only be 1 or 2 sessions before it is resolved. If it has proceeded into a chronic stage (about 6 months after onset), it may take additional treatment. The time it takes to resolve a condition with acupuncture typically has a relationship to how long one has had a condition. Even if it has been years, one often sees a marked improvement in the first 3-5 sessions.



“I find the acupuncture experience very pleasant and relaxing. Pain management is much improved, as well as general well-being such as regulation of my menstrual cycle, improved circulation and a sense of calmness during and after treatment. I would recommend acupuncture as part of one’s overall medical treatments for pain management, anxiety, circulation, and mood enhancement.” – Y.R.