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Acupuncture is increasingly being tested by conventional trials. Currently, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends acupuncture as a treatment option for lower back pain. NICE makes this recommendation on the basis of scientific evidence. Read the NICE 2009 guidelines on low back pain (PDF, 980kb).

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) produces fact sheets to provide accurate and unbiased general information for a variety of conditions. They provide summaries of research and how acupuncture may be beneficial.

Acne
Allergic rhinitis
Anxiety
Back pain
Bell’s palsy
Childbirth
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Chronic pain
COPD
Cystitis
Dentistry
Depression
Dysmenorrhoea
Eczema and Psoriasis
Endometriosis
Female fertility
Fibromyalgia
Frozen shoulder
Gastrointestinal tract disorder
Headache
Herpes
Infertility ART
Insomnia
Insomnia
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Male infertility
Menopausal symptoms
Obstetrics
Osteoarthritis
Post-operative pain
Premenstrual syndrome
Puerperium
Rhutmatoid arthritis
Sinusitis
Sports Injuries
Stress
Tinnitus
Type-2 Diabetes
Urinary incontinence

The World Health Organisation has now published a document listing the diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials. You can find the list here.

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