What can Acupuncture Treat? (Statistics)

A most common question I got regarding my practice is “What can Acupuncture Treat?”

The general rule of thumb said acupuncture is treating the body who carries a condition, so, any health problem can be beneficial by balancing through acupuncture.

The critical question here is, if acupuncture is the best thing for me to do for my current condition?

In order to answer this question, I would like to list the following statistics base on 20 years (1980 – 2000) clinical record documented in Shanghai, China.

Condition

Effective Rate

Definition of Effectiveness

Chronic Bronchitis

90.33%

Cure – No recurrent within 1 year observation period.

Improvement – Improvement of symptom; Reduced frequency of acute onset.

Bronchial Asthma

89.54%

Cure – No acute onset within observation period.

Improvement – Improvement of symptom; Reduction of wheezing sound.

Coronary Heart Disease

90.76%

Cure – No more symptoms. Normal EKG.

Improvement – Improvement of symptom; Reduced frequency of attack. Improvement on EKG.

Hypertension

91.01%

Cure – BP return to normal. Symptoms disappear.

Improvement – Reduce of symptoms Or BP lower at least 20 mmHg.

Peptic Ulcer

93.28%

Cure – Ulcer Test Showing negative

Improvement – Reduce of symptoms and size of ulcer reduced.

Ulcerative Colitis

95.40%

Cure – Symptom disappears, colonoscopy shows normal.

Improvement – Reduce of symptoms and colonoscopy shows improvement of the local area.

Cholecystitis/Cholelithiasis

a.k.a gall bladder inflammation and gallstone

94.14%

Cure – Acute symptoms disappeared.

Improvement – Symptom reduced.

Hiccup

95.95%

Cure – Signs and symptoms disappear.

Improvement – Signs and symptoms reduced.

Urinary Stone Disease/

Renal Pain

89.39%

Cure – Acute symptoms disappeared.

Improvement – Symptom reduced.

Acute Urinary Retention

95.66%

Cure – Able to pass urine; signs and symptoms disappeared.

Improvement – signs and symptoms improved.

Chronic Prostatitis

92.36%

Cure –Signs and symptoms disappeared. Test result normal for 3 times.

Improvement – signs and symptoms improved, Test result still abnormal.

Erectile Dysfunction

95.50%

Cure –Signs and symptoms disappeared. Return to normal sexual life.

Improvement – Capable to erect and have intercourse. However sometimes it is good and sometimes it isn’t.

Infertility (man)

85.77%

Cure –Fertility within 2 years.

Improvement – Quality of sperm increased.

Diabetes

91.85%

Cure – Signs and symptoms disappear; normal blood sugar before and 2 hour after meal. Urine test for type I < 10 – 25g; type II 0 – 10g.

Improvement – Most of the signs and symptoms disappear; lower blood sugar before and 2 hour after meal. Urine test for type I still > 25g; type II still > 10g.

Obesity

75.79%

Cure – Weight within 5% normal range.

Improvement – Loss some weight; sign and symptoms improved.

Trigeminal Neuralgia

97.03%

Cure – No more onsets.

Improvement –Sign and symptoms improved; Reduced frequency of onset; Reduced pain during onset.

Bell Pulsy

95.30%

Cure – Ability to close eye; a symmetrical appearance of forehead and mouth; ability to blow out the cheek and shows the teeth.

Improvement –Mild dysfunction on closing eyes and showing the teeth; a symmetrical appearance of forehead and mouth.

Sciatica

95.54%

Cure – Signs and symptoms disappear; normal range of movement; can retain mild neurological symptoms.

Improvement –Less pain; signs and symptoms improved.

Migraine

95.32%

Cure – Control of the headache; No more onset in a short period of time.

Improvement –Less pain; Reduced Frequency.

Cerebral Vascular Accident

93.39%

Cure – Clear mind, stable blood pressure, good recovery in speech and body movement; Able to manage one’s regular living activity; Can retain mild nerve damage symptoms.

Improvement –Clear mind; improvement at speech and body impairment.

Vascular Dementia

89.62%

Improvement – Improve in signs and symptoms. Able to manage one’s regular living activity given providing assistant.
Epilepsy

88.66%

Cure – Gain control of acute onset. No onset in short period of time. Identify the actual cause and handle accordingly.

Improvement –Reduce frequency and improvement of symptoms.

Parkinson’s Disease

86.84%

Cure – good recovery on motions. Able to manage one’s own life and regular activity.

Improvement – Improvement of signs and symptoms.

Neurasthenia

95.03%

Cure – Signs and symptom disappears. Able to return to the work and life before the condition started.

Improvement – Signs and symptoms disappears. Able to perform mental and physical activity.

Cervical Spondylosis

93.37%

Cure – Signs and symptoms disappear. Recover muscle strength, ROM. Able to perform labor work and other activity

Improvement – Signs and symptoms improve. Strength and ROM improve.

Stiff Neck

99.52%

Cure – No more pain and normal ROM.

Improvement – Improved signs and symptoms and ROM.

Periathritis of Shoulder

95.13%

Cure – Signs and symptoms disappears. Shoulder ROM return to normal.

Improvement – Improved signs and symptoms and ROM.

Lateral Epicondylitis

95.31%

Cure – Signs and symptoms disappears. Elbow ROM return to normal.

Improvement – Improved signs and symptoms and ROM.

Acute Lower Back Pain

98.46%

Cure – Signs and symptoms disappears. Spinal column ROM return to normal.

Improvement – Improved signs and symptoms and ROM.

Lumbar Herniatia Disc

96.06%

Cure – The pains at lumbar and leg disappears. Straight leg raise test over 70°. Able to return to original work.

Improvement – Improved signs and symptoms.

Sole / Heel Pain

94.12%

Cure –. Sole and heel pain disappeared

Improvement – Sole and heel pain reduced.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

93.27%

Cure – Signs and symptoms disappear. ROM return to normal. Lab result negative.

Improvement – Improve signs and symptoms.

Urticaria

94.72%

Cure – Signs and symptom disappears. No recurrent during 3 days of observation period (without treatment)

Improvement – Signs and symptoms improved.

Herpes Zoster

98.08%

Cure – Signs and symptoms disappear.

Improvement – The skin goes back to normal but remain minor neurological symptoms.

Neurodermatitis

92.78%

Cure – Signs and symptoms disappears.

Improvement – Signs and symptoms improved. No more new rashes.

Acne

96.30%

Cure – Signs and symptoms disappears. No more new acne. Possible pigment and scaring remains.

Improvement – Mostly improved and new acne still form in a less frequent basis.

Chloasma

95.23%

Cure –All skin goes back to normal.

Improvement – Most skin goes back to normal.

Dysmenorrhea

95.32%

Cure – Signs and Symptoms disappear and no recurrent within 3 months.

Improvement – Signs and Symptoms disappear but recurrent within 3 months.

Hyperplasia of Mammary Glands

95.41%

Cure – Signs and symptoms disappear.

Improvement – Signs and symptoms improve.

Infertility (woman)

87.07%

Cure – Successfully fertilize within 2 years

Improvement – Improve signs, symptoms and lab result.

Breech Fetus

84.22%

Cure – correct fetus position.

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Cerebral Palsy (Pediatrics)

85.43%

Improvement – Improve signs and symptoms.
Infantile Diarrhea

96.99%

Cure – Good spirit, good appetite. Diarrhea and vomiting stopped. Normal stool. Water and electrolyte test normal.

Improvement – Significant improvement on spirit, signs and symptoms. Water and electrolyte test normal.

Bed Wedding (Pediatrics)

93.88%

Cure – No more bed wedding.

Improvement – Reduced bed wedding. Able to wake him/her up to urine.

Myopia

88.16%

Cure – Signs and symptom due to fatigue disappears. Vision > 1.0

Improvement – Signs and symptom due to fatigue improved. Vision improved.

Deaf

82.59%

Cure – Tinnitus disappear. Hearing return to normal or restore to the level before it started.

Improvement – Signs and symptoms improve. Only in quiet moment retain mild tinnitus. Hearing improve 15-30 db

Allergy (Nasal Symptom)

93.05%

Cure – Signs and Symptom disappears. Sinus returns to normal.

Improvement – Symptom reduced and reduce frequency of the attack.

Sore Throat

97.56%

Cure – Signs and symptoms disappear.

Improvement – Signs and symptoms improved.

Toothache

97.52%

Cure – Signs and symptoms disappear.

Improvement – Signs and symptoms improved.

TMJ

94.64%

Cure – Signs and symptoms disappear. Able to open the mouth normally.

Improvement – Signs and symptoms improved.

Influenza

94.31%

Cure – Signs and symptoms disappear. Body temperature normal. Stable for 2 or more days.
Mump

94.56%

Cure – Signs and symptoms disappear. Body temperature normal. No sequel nor any other complication.
Quit Smoking

82.11%

Side effect of Radio/Chemo Therapy

91.02%

Cancer Pain

81.06%

This table highlight 54 common conditions that respond very well with acupuncture treatment. I hope this answers yours questions.