The World Health Organisation (WHO) has officially endorsed acupuncture since 1979. Its 2003 publication, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, suggests that acupuncture can treat more than 100 conditions.
The report states, ‘Generally speaking, acupuncture treatment is safe if it is performed properly by a well-trained practitioner. Unlike many drugs, it is non-toxic, and adverse reactions are minimal. This is probably one of the chief reasons why acupuncture is so popular in the treatment of chronic pain in many countries. As mentioned previously, acupuncture is comparable with morphine preparations in its effectiveness against chronic pain, but without the adverse effects of morphine, such as dependency'.