Efficacy of acupuncture in children with asthma: a systematic review

Chi Feng Liu, Li Wei Chien

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Abstract

Background: We performed a systematic review of the efficacy of various types of acupuncture in the treatment of asthma in children. Methods: We searched the MEDLINE, Embase, and Cochrane Library databases up to October 20, 2014. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of children and adolescents (1], PEF). Two additional crossover RCTs showed no significant differences between single sessions of laser acupuncture and placebo acupuncture on baseline, postacupuncture, and postinduced bronchoconstriction values (% predicted FEV1, maximum expiratory flow). A recent study showed a significant effect of acupuncture paired with acupressure on medication use and symptoms in preschool-age children. Methodologic and reporting variability remains an issue. However, the results suggest that acupuncture may have a beneficial effect on PEF or PEF variability in children with asthma. Conclusions: The efficacy of acupuncture on other outcome measures is unclear. Large-scale RCTs are needed to further assess the efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of asthma in children.

Original languageEnglish
Article number155
JournalItalian Journal of Pediatrics
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 7 2015

Keywords

  • Acupuncture
  • Asthma
  • Child
  • Systematic review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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