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Question: For what clinical conditions might acupuncture be considered useful?


The NIH Consensus Panel on Acupuncture cited clear evidence that acupuncture can treat effectively postoperative and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, hyperemesis gravidarum, and pain from dental procedures. This committee also concluded that acupuncture may be a useful adjunctive therapy for addictions, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, fibromyalgia, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma.


  • NIH consensus conference: Acupuncture. JAMA 280:1518-1524, 1998
  • Cherkin DC, Eisenberg DM, Sherman KJ, et al: Randomized trial comparing traditional Chinese medical acupuncture, therapeutic massage, and self-care education for chronic low back pain. Arch Intern Med 161:1081-1088, 2001

2 Responses to “Question: For what clinical conditions might acupuncture be considered useful?”

  1. Gil Says:

    Is there any statistics regarding how effective is acupuncture as treatment for Hyperemesis Gravidarum? How safe it is for pregnant women in general? How much does it cost?

  2. rtrafaelmd Says:

    Hi Gil,
    There are lot of studies regarding effectiveness of acupuncture for relieving symptoms experienced by women with hyperemesis gravidarum. One of them….

    As to safety of acupuncture in pregnancy.

    About the cost. I don’t have enough information


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