Many people have acupuncture to help with the relief of specific pains like osteoarthritis of the knee. Some may have no obvious diagnosis but choose acupuncture to help maintain good health or to improve their sense of wellbeing. Although best known for its role in pain relief, acupuncture can help with a wide range of both physical and emotional conditions.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), which is the organization that provides guidelines to GPs and other health professionals, recommends acupuncture as an effective treatment for low back pain and tension headaches.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) also endorses acupuncture and lists a wide variety of disorders for which acupuncture has been tested in controlled clinical trials.
The British Acupuncture Council has also compiled a series of fact sheets (listed below) which provide accurate and unbiased summaries of research on how acupuncture can be beneficial in the treatment of a wide range of conditions such as:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Colds and flu
Eczema and Psoriasis
Gastrointestinal tract disorders
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Nausea and vomiting
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
These links will take you to the BAcC website.