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WHO indication list

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The WHO interregional seminar drew up the following provisional list of the diseases that lend themselves to acupuncture treatment.

(see also: WHO-Guidelines on Basic Training)



Upper Respiratory Tract:

  1. Acute sinusitis
  2. Acute rhinitis
  3. Common cold
  4. Acute tonsillitis


Respiratory System:

  1. Acute bronchitis
  2. Bronchial asthma (most effective in children and in patients without complicating diseases)


Disorders of the eye:

  1. Acute conjunctivitis
  2. central retinitis
  3. Myopia (in children)
  4. Cataract (without complications)


Disorders of the mouth:

  1. Toothache
  2. post - extract on pain
  3. Gingivitis
  4. Acute and chronic pharyngitis


Gastro - intestinal disorders:

  1. Spasms of oesophagus and cardia
  2. Hiccough
  3. Gastroptosis
  4. Acute and chronic gastritis
  5. Gastric hyperacidity
  6. Acute duodenal ulcer (Pain relief)
  7. Acute duodenal ulcer (without complications)
  8. Acute and chronic colitis
  9. Acute bacillary dysentery
  10. Constipation
  11. Diarrhoea
  12. Paralytic ileus


Neurological and Musoulo - skeletal Disorders:

  1. Headache
  2. Migraine
  3. Trigeminal neuralgia
  4. Facial palsy (early stage, i.e. Within three to six month)
  5. Pareses following a stroke
  6. Periphrat neuropathies
  7. Sequelae of poliomyelitis (early stage, i.e. within six months)
  8. Meniere's disease
  9. Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
  10. Nocturnal enuresis
  11. Intercostal neuralgia
  12. Cervicobrachial syndrome
  13. "Frozen should"
  14. Tennis elbow
  15. Sciatica
  16. Lowback pain
  17. Osteoarthritis

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