What can acupuncture treat?

A recent check of the National Medical Library, a searchable online database of published medical literature, shows which topics are under study with acupuncture. Review articles, which are written to summarize the results of many studies on one topic, exist for “acupuncture” and such topics as:   

ankle sprain, PTSD, allergic rhinitis, spinal cord injury, pain management, intractable hiccups, oocyte retrieval, geriatric pain management,  fatigue in cancer patients, chest pain, traumatic brain injury, PCOS, emergency room use, IVF, biophysics, low back pain, infertility, Alzheimer’s, cancer treatment, gastrointestinal dysmotility, IBS, ischemic stroke, subacromial impingement syndrome, dry mouth, dysphagia, neuropathic pain, obesity, smoking cessation, plantar heel pain, substance addiction, tension headache, rheumatic diseases, insomnia, anxiety, enhanced sports performance, low back pain, vascular headaches, PMS,  and many more. 

This list came from the first 100 articles out of 2695 in a search of CAM literature for ‘acupuncture and review’! While this is not to say that definitive results are expected for all of these conditions, it is impressive that there has been a wide variety of studies on acupuncture.   Since acupuncture is a process, not a pill, how to design studies using acupuncture is a topic for debate.  Check out the blog for more!

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