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The World Health Organization (WHO) published an official report listing of symptoms, conditions, diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture.
The effectiveness of acupuncture can be seen in Summary Table of controlled clinical trials of acupuncture as a treatment of diseases and disorders.
Research Fact Sheets provide summaries of research and how acupuncture may be beneficial.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, acupuncture began to become better known in the United States in 1971, when New York Times reporter James Reston wrote about how doctors in China used needles to ease his pain after surgery. The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques. American practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.

How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is one of the key components of the system of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) . In the TCM system of medicine, the body is seen as a delicate balance of two opposing and inseparable forces: yin and yang. Yin represents the cold, slow, or passive principle, while yang represents the hot, excited, or active principle. Among the major assumptions in TCM are that health is achieved by maintaining the body in a "balanced state" and that disease is due to an internal imbalance of yin and yang. This imbalance leads to blockage in the flow of qi (vital energy) along pathways known as meridians . It is believed that there are 12 main meridians and 8 secondary meridians and that there are more than 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body that connect with them.

Preclinical studies have documented acupuncture's effects, but they have not been able to fully explain how acupuncture works within the framework of the Western system of medicine. It is proposed that acupuncture produces its effects through regulating the nervous system, thus aiding the activity of pain-killing biochemicals such as endorphins and immune system cells at specific sites in the body. In addition, studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones and, thus, affecting the parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body functions, such as immune reactions and processes that regulate a person's blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature.

Auriculotherapy and Ear Acupuncture
Auriculotherapy is a clinically effective treatment modality utilized for the relief of chronic pain and the alleviation of substance abuse. The external ear has been shown to have a somatotopic organization in an inverted fetus pattern, wherein each part of the auricle corresponds to a specific part of the body. Detection of electrical conductance and tenderness palpation can reveal specific auricular reflex points which can be stimulated to alter pathological reflex patterns in the brain, in internal organs, and in different peripheral regions of the musculoskeletal body.

Auriculotherapy is a non-invasive form of electrical stimulation to the external ear for the relief of pain and addictive behaviors. While the original basis of auriculotherapy is in ancient Chinese acupuncture, the late Dr. Paul Nogier developed the current methods in France utilizing painless stimulation without needles.

United States, UCLA School of Medicine Pub. Journal Pain 1980: A double blind, experimentally controlled UCLA research study statistically verified the scientific accuracy of Auricular Diagnosis. A statistically significant level of 75% accuracy was achieved in diagnosing the musculoskeletal pain problems of 40 pain patients. By evaluating specific areas of heightened tenderness and increased electrical activity on the ear, areas of the body with some dysfunction could be correctly identified, whereas areas of the body free from pathology were correctly identified as non pathological points on the ear.

Department of Anesthesiology, UCLA School of Medicine: Auricular acupuncture has proved effective for the treatment of chronic pain, narcotic withdrawal, smoking, weight control, and hearing loss. Detection of clinical problems by auricular diagnosis has been reported for musculoskeletal pain and coronary disorders. A theoretical basis for these clinical findings has been provided by recent physiological investigations demonstrating that auricular electroacupuncture leads to the release of endorphins and ACTH.

Dentists were first attracted to auriculotherapy and bioconductive therapy as a noninvasive, painless, and rapid means of relieving myofacial pain caused by temporamandibular joint problems and whiplash trauma.

Auriculotherapy is effective for: Auriculotherapy can be effective for many conditions. Some of these include: Back Pain, Headaches, Bursitis, Shoulder Pain, Arthritis, burns, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tennis Elbow, TMJ, Dizziness, Vertigo, Shingles, Tinnitus, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Incontinence, or breaking the smoking habit...
Auriculotherapy is also effective for treating adictive behaviors such as Smoking, Over Eating.
Auriculotherapy is also effective for treating mental disorders such as Stress, Depression, PTSD.

Auriculotherapy - The ultimate for pain & disease management

Conditions Recommended For Acupuncture By The World Health Organization (w.h.o.)

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Respiratory Diseases
- Acute Sinusitis
- Acute Rhinitis
- Common Cold
- Acute Tonsillitis
- Acute Bronchitis
- Bronchial Asthma
Eye Disorders
- Acute Conjunctivitis
- Cataract (without Complications)
- Myopia
- Central Retinitis
Disorders Of The Mouth Cavity
- Toothache
- Pain After Tooth Extraction
- Gingivitis
- Pharyngitis
Orthopedic Disorders
- Periarthritis Humeroscapularis
- Tennis Elbow
- Sciatica
- Low Back Pain
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Spasm Of The Esophagus And Cardia
- Hiccups
- Gastroptosis
- Acute And Chronic Gastritis
- Gastric Hyperacidity
- Chronic Duodenal Ulcer
- Acute And Chronic Colitis
- Acute Bacterial Dysentery
- Constipation
- Diarrhea
- Paralytic Ileus
Neurologic Disorders
- Headache
- Migraine
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Facial Paralysis
- Paralysis After Apoplectic Fit
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Paralysis Caused By Poliomyelitis
- Meniere's Syndrome
- Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction
- Nocturnal Enuresis
- Intercostal Neuralgia

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