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The Effectiveness of Acupuncture According to the United Nation's World Health Organization

Updated: Nov 9, 2019

By Quinn Akira Takei, Holistic Health Coach. Doctor of Oriental Medicine(NM), Licensed Acupuncturist, and Chinese Herbalist

I have many friends, family, and even patients who are surprised to hear that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be effective at treating digestive disorders like IBS, or migraine headaches, or fibromyalgia, or wide variety of other illnesses that are treated every day. Some people are surprised to learn the majority of my clients are treated for internal medicine related ailments. Most are familiar with acupuncture being effective for pain and other orthopedic related problems. What many people do not know is that Oriental medicine is effective in addressing a wide variety of internal medicine disorders including gastrointestinal, gynecological, respiratory, immunological, neurological, and mental emotional disorders among many, many other ailments. These are actually fields of medicine which I specialize in in addition to orthopedic issues.

According to the United Nation's World Health Organization acupuncture is

an effective treatment in the following disorders:

Gastrointestinal Disorders:

Acute and Chronic Colitis

Gastric Hyperacidity

Acute and Chronic Gastritis

Duodenal Ulcer



Spastic Colon

Respiratory Disorders:


Sore Throat

Asthma and Bronchitis

Recurrent Chest Infections

Common Cold

Acute Rhinitis

Bronchial Asthma



Neurological & Musculoskeletal Disorders:

Migraine and Headache

Tennis Elbow


Low Back Pain


Trigeminal Neuralgia

Facial Palsy

Paresis Following Stroke

Peripheral Neuropathies

Meniere's Disease

Sexual Dysfunction

Neck Pain

Frozen Shoulder


Gynecologic Disorders:

Irregular or Heavy Menses

Painful Menstruation



Urinary Dysfunction

Menstrual Cramping

Emotional Disorders:


Depression, Insomnia Nervousness


Mouth Disorders:


Post Extraction Pain



Eye Disorders:




Poor Focus


Addiction Control

Athletic Performance Blood Pressure Regulation

Chronic Fatigue


Stress Reduction

Postoperative Pain

Smoking Cessation

The list of ailments which are effectively treated with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine exceeds this list by far. I'm confident in saying that while acupuncture and Oriental medicine may not be an effective cure for every type of disorder, this form of medicine and the holistic perspective can maximize your body's ability to deal with any type of disorder.

Are you or someone you know suffering with an ailment which you don't see listed here? If so, please give me a call and so we can discuss it and I can share with you my personal experiences or knowledge on your specific concerns.

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