A four-year research by a doctor with the Chinese Acupuncture Clinic Research Center in north China's Tianjin city has concluded that acupuncture can cure 461 diseases.
Du Yuanhao, 43-year-old doctor, came to this conclusion after finishing his study on acupuncture functions.
According to Du's findings, acupuncture treatment is mainly effective against diseases related to the nervous system, the digestive system, the genitourinary system, muscles, bones and skins, such as stroke, diarrhoea, enteritis, dementia and skin rashes.
The points for acupuncture are in flesh, and that is why the treatment can be effective to diseases in muscles and skins, Du said.
"Besides, points are rich in nerves. Thus it can also cure diseases in the nervous system and other systems whose functions are directly controlled by nerves."
Although acupuncture is convenient and with fewer side effects compared with other forms of medical treatment, it couldn't cure every disease. As for these 461 diseases, Du noted, its effects are different.
The professor is now working at classification for the 461 diseases. "I am going to categorise them into three levels - those that could be cured solely by acupuncture, those to which acupuncture is the major treatment and those with acupuncture as assisting treatment.
Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine with a history of over 2,000 years. It involves insertion of fine metallic needles on the body to relieve pain and cure diseases.