Indications from BAcC

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is the leading self-regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture in the UK. For becoming a member, practitioners must practice in the UK and have proof of an equivalent of 3 years of full-time education in acupuncture / Chinese Medicine.

The BAcC provides a recent overview of scientific evidence of those conditions that can be treated with acupuncture:

Pain
Chronic pain in general
Chronic pelvic pain
Chronic prostatitis
Osteoarthritis (Knee and hips))
Neck pain
Shoulder pain
Low back pain
Plantar heel pain (plantar fasciitis)
Lateral elbow pain (tennis elbow)
Temporomandibular pain

Headache and migraine
Tension-type headaches (as a preventive treatment)
Migraine (all types)

Allergic respiratory conditions
Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
Allergic asthma

Digestive system
Constipation
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
For diarrhoea-predominant IBS
For constipation-predominant version of IBS
Dyspepsia

Urinary incontinence

Infertility
Assisted conception (IVF and ICSI)
Acupuncture just before and after the embryo transfer

Natural fertility: female
Help with menstrual and ovulatory problems in women who are having trouble getting pregnant
Focus on polycystic ovarian syndrome
PCOS-related infertility,

Male infertility
Improvement of sperm characteristics.

Mental health
Depression
Depression with physical pain
Specific groups of people with depression, for example post-natal, with cancer and those convalescing after a stroke

Anxiety
Generalised or chronic anxiety; much more for
Situational anxiety, for example pre-operative, exam-related or associated with stressful work.

Situational anxiety trials have often used auriculotherapy for its convenience and effectiveness,

PTSD
Military & Emergency Services personnel

Insomnia
Insomnia (in general)
Insomnia with anxiety/depressive symptoms and fatigue.

The BAcC lists the following conditions and diseases that can be treated with acupuncture:

A
Acne
Allergic rhinitis
Anxiety
Arrhythmias and Heart Failure
Asthma

B
Back pain
Bell’s palsy

C
Cancer care
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Childbirth
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Chronic pain
Colds and flu
COPD
Coronary heart disease
Cystitis

D
Dementia
Dentistry
Depression
Dysmenorrhoea

E
Eczema and Psoriasis
Endometriosis

F
Facial pain
Female fertility
Female fertility & IVF
Fibromyalgia
Frozen shoulder

G
Gastrointestinal tract disorders
Gout

H
Headache
Herpes
HIV infection
Hypertension

I
Infertility ART
Insomnia
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

K
Kidney stones

M
Male infertility
Menopausal symptoms
Migraines
Multiple sclerosis

N
Nausea and vomiting
Neck pain
Neuropathic pain

O
Obesity
Obstetrics
Osteoarthritis

P
Palliative care
Parkinson’s disease
PCOS
Post-operative pain
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Premenstrual syndrome
Puerperium

R
Raynaud’s
Research digest
Rheumatoid arthritis

S
Sciatica
Sinusitis
Sports Injuries
Stress
Stroke
Substance misuse

T
Tennis elbow
Thyroid disease
Tinnitus
Type-2 Diabetes

U
Urinary incontinence

V
Vertigo