Acupuncture is the most clinically proven, evidence based profession of all non – pharmacological (practitioner based) modalities. In fact we have more evidence than most of the others combined! Acupuncture has strong – mid level evidence for safety, clinical effectiveness, and cost efficiency across more than 100 medical conditions, ranging from musculoskeletal, neurological, mental health, reproductive and immunology, and more.
The Acupuncture Evidence Project (2017) demonstrated the conditions below as having with strong or high level evidence supporting Acupuncture as primary treatment.
Internal Medicine Conditions:
Allergic Rhinitis (perenial + seasonal)
Chemotherapy induced nausea + vomiting, cancer pain + cancer related fatigue
Migraines (treatment and prevention)
Headaches (tension + chronic)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Musculoskeletal/ Neurological Conditions:
Chronic and Acute low back pain
Temporomandibular pain (TMJ)
Shoulder pain (including shoulder impingement syndrome)
Restless Leg Syndrome
Mental Health Conditions:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Schizophrenia (with anti-psychotics)
Post operative pain, nausea and vomiting
Back and Pelvic pain during pregnancy
Menopausal Hot flushes
The Prestigious Cochrane review has also updated its central register of Clinical studies: you can see the image above for a listing of allied health professions. You may notice a few conspicuous absences on this list: this is because the ‘Gold standard’ of clinical studies is a randomised clinical trial (RCT), which some professions do not use as their standard practice. They are therefore not included in this listing.
I’ve also listed some clinical studies below, either mechanism of action, specific to relevant conditions or areas of interest. It is not by any means a comprehensive list.
I frequently share clinical trials to the Facebook page: click like and feel welcome to scroll through previous posts for more information.