Most people have at least heard of acupuncture as a treatment for pain. Some may have even heard of using acupuncture to address the symptoms of anxiety and other mental health conditions. But that is only the beginning of the long list of conditions and ailments this ancient remedy is used to treat today. These are a few of the surprising conditions acupuncture is known to treat.

Blood Pressure

Medical News Today reports that acupuncture is not only linked with reducing blood pressure, but also with lowering the risks of heart disease and stroke. In one study, 70 percent of patients treated with acupuncture experienced a notable reduction in blood pressure.


The evidence for using acupuncture to treat infertility, directly, remains inconclusive, it is widely used to treat some of the conditions that can interfere with fertility, allowing couples to conceive, such as:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Reduced blood flow
  • Hormonal imbalances

Treating these conditions allows couples who were previously unable to conceive to finally do so.


Several clinical studies have shown significant evidence that using acupuncture for allergies is a highly effective form of treatment. What is currently under investigation through larger clinical trials is how it works to provide relief for allergies. However, those suffering from severe allergies are often more concerned with the fact that it does work and less worried about why it works.

Digestive Issues

The term "digestive issues" covers a lot of ground and acupuncture can be instrumental in treating many of the problems commonly referred to as digestive issues or troubles, including:

  • Nausea (it is widely used to help chemotherapy patients manage nausea)
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Chron's disease
  • Peptic ulcer disease

People suffering from these types of digestive conditions may be able to find relief by working with an acupuncture team skilled in administering this ancient remedy.

These conditions, and many more, are easily treatable with acupuncture. Yet many people continue to dismiss remedies, such as acupuncture, that have been around for thousands of years as largely anecdotal. Fortunately, there have now been numerous studies to support these treatments and their effectiveness.

However, if you are seeking relief from remedies that do not offer the many potential negative side effects of pharmaceutical treatments, it is worth considering acupuncture as an alternative to more modern medical practices and medicines. It can help with many more conditions than those listed above. These are simply some of the more surprising conditions that evidence has shown acupuncture to treat.