World Health Organisation and Acupuncture

The world health organisation have played a key role in the development of acupuncture being respected as an evidence based medicine. In June 1979 when World Health Organisation conducted a symposium on acupuncture in Bejing, China , Doctors met to discuss which conditions could be effectively treated with acupuncture and what evidence base existed and needed to be developed.Then in 1997, National Institutes of Health published Consensus Statement, summarising the state of knowledge drawn from clinical trial concerning acupuncture efficacy. By 2003 they published a report showing Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved – through controlled trials—to be an effective treatment (See below). The Work of WHO has been vital for the development of acupuncture and its place within evidence based medicine and the modern world.

For more information please see www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/who-official-position