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What Can Acupuncture treat?

The Acupuncture Evidence Project a Comparative Literature Review by John McDonald and Stephen Janz was published earlier in 2017. This paper undertook  a full Literature review on all the studies recently published on acupuncture. From this review they found evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture for 117 conditions, with stronger evidence for acupuncture’s effectiveness for some conditions. 11 of which were proven to be cost effective.

The 11 conditions for which acupuncture has evidence of cost-effectiveness are:

Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)

Ambulatory anaesthesia

Chronic pain

Depression used in conjunction with SSRI’s



Lower back pain


Neck pain (plus usual medical care)


Post-operative nausea and vomiting

The conditions for which acupuncture has been proved with strong evidence through controlled clinical trials to be an effective treatment.

Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)

Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (with anti-emetics)

Chronic low back pain

Headache (tension-type and chronic

Knee osteoarthritis

Migraine prophylaxis

Postoperative nausea & Vomiting

Postoperative pain

The conditions for which acupuncture has been proved with moderate evidence of effectiveness of acupuncture

Acute low back pain

Acute stroke

Ambulatory anaesthesia


Aromatase-inhibitor-induced arthralgia

Asthma in adults

Back or pelvic pain during pregnancy

Cancer pain

Cancer-related fatigue


Craniotomy anaesthesia


Dry eye

Hypertension (with medication)


Irritable bowel syndrome

Labour pain

Lateral elbow pain

Menopausal hot flushes

Modulating sensory perception thresholds

Neck pain


Perimenopausal & postmenopausal insomnia

Plantar heel pain

Post-stroke insomnia

Post-stroke shoulder pain

Post-stroke spasticity

Post traumatic stress disorder

Prostatitis pain/ chronic pelvic pain syndrome

Recovery after colorectal cancer resection

Restless leg syndrome

Schizophrenia (with antipsychotics)


Shoulder impingement syndrome (early stage)(with exercise)

Shoulder pain

Smoking cessation (up to 3 months)

Stroke rehabilitation

Temporomandibular pain

The conditions for which acupuncture has been proved with weak positive/ unclear evidence supporting effectiveness of acupuncture

Acupuncture in Emergency Department

Acute ankle sprain

Alzheimer’s disease

Angina pectoris

Assisted conception in ART

Asthma in children

Atopic dermatitis

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Bell’s palsy

Bladder pain syndrome

Cancer-related insomnia

Cancer-related psychological symptoms

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Chronic kidney disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Chronic urinary retention due to spinal cord injury

Chronic urticaria


Dyspepsia in diabetic gastroparesis (DGP)

Erectile dysfunction

Exercise performance & post-exercise recovery

Fatigue in systemic lupus erythematosus


Functional dyspepsia

Gag reflex in dentistry


Heart failure

Hot flushes in breast cancer

Hyperemesis gravidarum

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy in neonates

Induction of labour

Inflammatory bowel disease


Lumbar spinal stenosis


Meniere’s disease/syndrome

Multiple sclerosis

Mumps in children

Myelosuppression after chemotherapy

Oocyte retrieval pain relief

Opiate addiction

Opioid detoxification

Parkinson’s disease

Polycystic ovarian syndrome

Poor sperm quality

Postnatal depression

Postoperative gastroparesis syndrome (PGS)

Postoperative ileus

Post-stroke hiccoughs

Premenstrual syndrome

Primary ovarian insufficiency

Primary sjogren’s syndrome

Psoriasis vulgaris

Rheumatoid  arthritis

Slowing progression of myopia

Spinal cord injury

Stress urinary incontinence in adults

Sudden sensorineural hearing loss

Surgery analgesia


Traumatic brain injury

Urinary incontinence

Uterine fibroids

Vascular dementia

Whiplash associated disorder (WAD)

Xerostomia in cancer

The conditions with little or no evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture

Alcohol dependence

Cocaine addiction


Nausea in pregnancy

Smoking cessation (more than 6 months)


McDonald J, Janz S. The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review (Revised edition). Brisbane: Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd; 2017.