A Proposed Standard International Acupuncture Nomenclature: Report of a WHO Scientific Group
(1991; 36 pages)
Table of Contents
View the documentWHO Scientific Group on International Acupuncture Nomenclature
View the document1. Introduction
Open this folder and view contents2. Background
Open this folder and view contents3. Proposed standard international acupuncture nomenclature
Close this folder4. Recommendations for further action by WHO in the field of acupuncture
View the document4.1 Dissemination of the proposed standard international acupuncture nomenclature
View the document4.2 Further standardization of nomenclature
View the document4.3 Regulation by health authorities
View the document4.4 Basic training
View the document4.5 Safety
View the document4.6 Indications and contraindications
View the document4.7 Acupuncture equipment
View the document4.8 Education of the public
View the document4.9 Clinical and basic research
View the documentAcknowledgements
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4.6 Indications and contraindications

Clinical experience, but not necessarily controlled clinical trials, suggests that acupuncture treatment is effective in a range of diseases and conditions. An authoritative list of what conditions can effectively be treated by acupuncture can only be drawn up after each claim of efficacy has been examined and either verified or rejected. There is, so far, no such agreed list, although research aimed at establishing clinical indications for acupuncture is being pursued in institutions around the world.

In any event, it should be borne in mind that the indications for acupuncture, and the contraindications to it, will vary with the level of training and the length of experience of the practitioner. For an acupuncturist who has a profound knowledge of the subject, the range of conditions for which such treatment may safely be used is greater than for someone of more limited ability. An important element of the training of practitioners is to help them grasp fully their own limitations and those of acupuncture.

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