Acupuncture is recommended internationally, as the following extracts from the Acupuncture Evidence Project illustrate.

(extracts from The Acupuncture Evidence Project, 2017)


“In Australia, acupuncture has been included in clinical practice guidelines for various types of acute pain including post-operative pain, and for rotator cuff syndrome.  In ‘Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence’ published by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and Faculty of Pain Medicine in 2015, NHMRC Level I evidence was identified from Cochrane reviews for acupuncture for labour pain, oocyte retrieval pain, primary dysmenorrhoea, tension-type headaches and migraine, and from PRISMA reviews for postoperative pain, back pain and acute burns pain.

“In ‘Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Rotator Cuff Syndrome in the Workplace’, published by The University of New South Wales in 2013, Recommendation 23 states that ‘Clinicians may consider acupuncture in conjunction with exercise; both modalities should be provided by suitably qualified health care providers’ (Grade C: ‘Body of evidence provides some support for recommendation but care should be taken in its application to individual clinical and organisational circumstances’).”acupuncture in oxford


“In ‘Consensus Guidelines for the Management of Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting’ published in USA by the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia in 2014, acupuncture and point stimulation of PC6 [an acupoint] were recommended as both prophylactic and treatment strategies [Category A recommendation: based on supportive literature which contains multiple randomised controlled trials which report statistically significant (P < 0.01) differences between clinical interventions for a clinical outcome, and aggregated findings are supported by meta-analysis].”

International Symposia in South Korea

“Between 2012 and 2015 four International Symposia of Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline in Traditional Medicine have been held in Daejon, South Korea hosted by the Korean Institute of Oriental Medicine (KIOM), bringing together participants from Korea, China, Japan, UK, Norway, Holland and Australia. By November 2015, over 870 recommendations for acupuncture were identified for over 100 conditions from multiple international groups and over 30 countries.

“Examples include: the Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery Foundation’s clinical practice guidelines for allergic rhinitis in 2015; the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), UK inclusion of migraine and tension type headache in 2012; the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network guideline for the Management of Chronic Pain, inclusion of acupuncture (Grade A recommendation) for chronic low back pain and osteoarthritis; and the National German Gynaecologic Oncology Association’s (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Gynakologische Onkologie) inclusion of acupuncture for 12 symptoms associated with breast cancer treatment in 2015.”

Acupuncture is recommended internationally

Indeed, these are promising times for acupuncturists around the world and for patients who seek non-pharmaceutical alternatives for health conditions.