Especially in developing countries traditional medicine, particularly acupuncture, are the only source of healing. Acupuncture plays a vital role in a rural environment, as per lack of any other alternative. Nowadays, its benefits are widely acknowledged.
According to Doctor Margaret Chan, General of the World Health Organization: “Countries, especially in the developing world, are wise to use the best of these two approaches (traditional and western medicines) in a carefully integrated and regulated way.”
Traditional medicine was a forerunner in “interventions like healthy diet, exercise, herbal remedies, and ways to reduce everyday stress”, which help to prevent the onset of heart diseases, according to Doctor Margaret Chan. Acupuncture stands out among the different traditional health treatments.
After venturing over the borders of its home country several years ago, acupuncture is now recognized as medicine in 80% of the world. Developed as a branch of Chinese traditional medicine, the goal is to regulate the balance of the human body.
Recognition by the WHO
In 1979, acupuncture’s popularity skyrocketed, which led several countries to introduce this medicine within its respective health public systems. As this did not go unnoticed by the WHO, the organization wrote a document to guarantee security of the practice and its effectiveness.
They even started promoting the practice, relying on different empiric and scientific evidences, and recognizing its efficacy to treat several health issues.
The WHO published an important list of diseases that may be treated with acupuncture.
7 Most Important Treatable Diseases
In the following, I picked out the most important ones from the vast list issued by the WHO:
Respiratory diseases, as asthma, cold or intense bronchitis
Gastrointestinal diseases, as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation and diarrhea
Neurologic diseases, as migraine, cephalea or nocturnal enuresis
Ocular diseases, as intense conjunctivitis, dried eyes or child myopia
Mouth diseases, as molar pain and gingivitis
Skeleton muscle diseases, as lumbago, insomnia and stress