Research on Acupuncture by Condition
The research papers linked here represent some of the quality research coming from around the world looking at how effective acupuncture can be for various conditions. There are many limitations and difficulties studying acupuncture using the gold standard of research, the randomized controlled trial (RCT), but innovation is coming all the time. The conclusion of many research papers on acupuncture include a call for more well designed studies to be conducted. Given the difficulty conceiving and conducting a well designed study this is no small ask! Below you will find not a complete list of treatable conditions but a resource of clinical studies showing the effects of acupuncture for specific conditions.
Please do look at the research, but ultimately we recommend talking to a trusted practitioner to see if acupuncture could be helpful for you.
Knee Pain/Hip Pain/Osteoarthritis
Effectiveness of acupuncture as adjunctive therapy in osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomized, controlled trial.
Acupuncture in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee or hip: a randomized, controlled trial with an additional nonrandomized arm
Acupuncture versus placebo for the treatment of chronic mechanical neck pain: a randomized, controlled trial
Role of Acupuncture in the Treatment or Prevention of Migraine, Tension-Type Headache, or Chronic Headache Disorders
Low Back Pain
Randomized controlled trial of a short course of traditional acupuncture compared with usual care for persistent non-specific low back pain
German Acupuncture Trials (GERAC) for chronic low back pain: randomized, multi-center, blinded, parallel-group trial with 3 groups.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Symptoms of Menopause
Management of Menopause Symptoms with Acupuncture: An Umbrella Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Acupuncture to Reduce Sleep Disturbances in Perimenopausal and Postmenopausal Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Effects of acupuncture on menopause-related symptoms and quality of life in women in natural menopause: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials