The intent of acupuncture therapy is to promote health and alleviate pain and suffering. The method by which this is accomplished, though it may seem strange and mysterious to many, has been time tested over thousands of years and continues to be validated today. The perspective from which an acupuncturist views health and sickness hinges on concepts of "vital energy," "energetic balance" and "energetic imbalance." Just as the Western medical doctor monitors the blood flowing through blood vessels and the messages traveling via the nervous system, the acupuncturist assesses the flow and distribution of this "vital energy" within its pathways, known as "meridians and channels".
Conditions which are treatable with acupuncture can be seen in the following extensive list which is an excerpt beginning on page 23 of a report from the World Health Organization titled: "ACUPUNCTURE: REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF REPORTS ON CONTROLLED CLINICAL TRIALS." (For the entire document click on this link: whoclinicaltrials.pdf )
3. Diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture. (Quoted from the referenced WHO Report.)
The diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials reported in the recent literature can be classified into four categories. The Two most thoroughly tested are shown below:
1. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved—through controlled trials—to be an effective treatment: