Efficacy of acupuncture in children with asthma: a systematic review

Chi Feng Liu, Li Wei Chien

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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
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 7 2015



  • Acupuncture
  • Asthma
  • Child
  • Systematic review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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