Indications for Acupuncture
Symptoms and Diseases
Followings are the comprehensive list of acupuncture indications. However,
acupuncture therapy is not limited to these conditions. Acupuncture can be used for a
wide spectrum of clinic symptoms and diseases. Along with the advance of medical
science and understanding of acupuncture, indications for acupuncture continues to
Acute low back pain
Chronic low back pain (LBP) due to
bulging lumbar disc and herniation
Sciatic pain
Spinal stenosis
Spondylosis (osteoarthritis)
Piriformis syndrome
Sacroiliac joint pain
Post-surgical pain of low back

Acute neck pain
Chronic neck pain
Neck pain due to disc bulging/herniation
Spondylosis (arthritis)
Cervical spinal stenosis
Pain after neck surgery
Brachial plexus pain
Interscapular pain
Upper back pain
Middle back pain

Tension headache
Cluster headache
Chronic daily headache
Occipital neuralgia
Temporamandibular joint (TMJ) pain &
Trigeminal neuralgia
Facial pain

Shoulder pain
Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis)
Tendonitis of shoulder
Deltoid bursitis
Rotator cuff injury (mild to moderate)

Acute knee sprain
Chronic knee pain
Osteoarthritis of knee
Tendonitis on Medial and lateral knee
Pain on medial collateral ligament
Pain on lateral collateral ligament
Pas anserinus tendonitis
Bursitis of knee (patellar)
Hip joint pain (trochanteric bursitis)
Osteoarthritis of hip joint
IT band pain
Hamstring sprain
Iliac crest pain
Tail bone pain (Coccxygeal pain)
Sit bone pain (ischial bursitis)
Groin pain

Elbow pain
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
Golfer elbow (medial epicondylitis)
Olecranon bursitis
Thumb pain (CMC joint pain)
Finger joint pain (osteoarthritis)
Carpal tunnel syndrome
deQuervain's tendonitis

Ankle sprain
Osteoarthritis of ankle
Morton's neuroma
Achilles tendonitis
Plantar fasciitis
Extensor tendonitis
Peroneal tendonitis
Toes/foot pain (arhtritis)
Peripheral neuropathy (feet)

Abdominal pain
Pelvic pain
Pudendal nerve neuralgia
Irritable bowel syndrome
Myofascial pain

Rheumatoid arthritis
Polymyalgia rheumatica
Sjogren's syndrome
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
Raynaud's syndrome
Acupuncture reduces tremor
Essential Tremor: It usually is a
fine tremor that occurs when a
person tries to use his or her
hands (for example, holding a
coffee cup). A group of
acupuncture points can
effectively reduce the essential
tremor. And moreover, the
symptoms could improved in a
short time of treatment.
Parkinson's tremor: It is a type of
resting tremor that happens in
patients with Parkinson's
disease. A severe tremor leads
to loss of function. Acupuncture
reduces tremor and can also
restore the hand function.

Acupuncture helps male sexual
Erectile dysfunction (ED)
happens in large number of
male, especially common in
aged individuals. Acupuncture
has long known to correct ED. In
contrast to medication, it dose
not have drug's adverse effects.

Reducing hot flash
Hot flash and night sweats are
major symptoms of menopausal
syndrome. Hot flash can stay for
years, affecting sleep and daily
life. Hot flash is also common in
prostate cancer patients
receiving treatment. Acupuncture
can reduce both frequency and
intensity of hot flash, therefore,
improving the quality of life.
 Acupuncture & Natural Medicine                             Dr. Peng in Bethesda, Maryland           
Peripheral neuropathy (feet and hand)
Peripheral neuropathy (post-surgical pain)
Post-herpetic neuralgia (Shingle pain)

Abdominal bloating (gastroparesis)
Diarrhea (acute or chronic)
Persistent hiccup
Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia)
Acid reflex (GERD)

Excessive sweats (hyperhidrosis)
Menstrual pain (Dysmenorrhea)
Premenstrual syndrome
Menopausal symptoms (Hot flash and
night sweat)

anxiety including panic attack
Moderate to severe depression
Brain fog.
Fatigue & weakness
Erectile dysfunction
Sleep apnea
Vestibular migraine
Post concussion syndrome

Acute hearing loss
Chronic cough
Asthma and short of breath
Urinary incontinence
Frequent urination
Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH)
Rentention of urine

Chronic rhinitis
Allergic rhinitis
Skin itchiness
Urticaria (hives)
Pain related vericose vein
Heavy legs
Hairloss (alopecia)
Eczema/atopic dermatitis

Stroke rehabilitation
Hemiplegia / paraplegia
Stroke related aphasia
Bell's Palsy
Facial twiching
Essential tremor
Weight gain (due to stress eating)
Smoking cessation
Restless leg syndrome

Neurodegenerative disease (symptom
Parkinson's disease
Multile system atrophy
Corticobasal degeneration
Multiple sclerosis
Dementia/memory loss

Persistent lyme disease
Sickle cell anemia
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
Watering eye (epiphora)
Dry eye
Dry mouth
Taste loss
Smell loss
Tourette's syndrome/Tics
Kidney stone
Giant cell arteritis
Sjogren syndrome