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Author (up) Cui, X.; Zhou, J.; Qin, Z.; Liu, Z.
Title Acupuncture for Erectile Dysfunction: A Systematic Review Type of Study Systematic Review
Year 2016 Publication BioMed Research International Abbreviated Journal Biomed Res Int
Volume 2016 Issue Pages 2171923
Keywords AcuTrials; Systematic Review; Genital Diseases, Male; Erectile Dysfunction; Acupuncture
Abstract Background. Acupuncture is increasingly used to treat patients with erectile dysfunction (ED), and our systematic review aimed to evaluate the current evidence for the efficacy and safety of acupuncture in treating ED. Methods. An electronic search was conducted in eight databases to identify randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of acupuncture for treating erectile dysfunction that were published in English and Chinese. The Cochrane Risk of Bias tool was used to assess the risk of bias. Results. Three RCTs with a total of 183 participants met the inclusion criteria. One trial showed the beneficial effects of acupuncture compared with sham acupuncture while the others did not. One trial suggested that acupuncture combined with psychological therapy was superior to psychological therapy alone. However, the overall methodological and reporting quality of the studies was low. The safety of acupuncture for ED was unclear because there were too few reports on this topic. Conclusion. The available evidence supporting that acupuncture alone improves ED was insufficient and the available studies failed to show the specific therapeutic effect of acupuncture. Future well-designed and rigorous RCTs with a large sample size are required. This trial is registered with CRD42014013575.
Address Department of Acupuncture, Guang'anmen Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100053, China
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Language English Number of Treatments
Treatment Follow-up Frequency Number of Participants
Time in Treatment Condition Erectile Dysfunction
Disease Category Genital Diseases, Male OCSI Score
Notes PMID:26885501; PMCID:PMC4738993 Approved yes
Call Number OCOM @ refbase @ Serial 1999
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Author (up) Dong, B.; Chen, Z.; Yin, X.; Li, D.; Ma, J.; Yin, P.; Cao, Y.; Lao, L.; Xu, S.
Title The Efficacy of Acupuncture for Treating Depression-Related Insomnia Compared with a Control Group: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Type of Study Systematic Review
Year 2017 Publication BioMed Research International Abbreviated Journal Biomed Res Int
Volume 2017 Issue Pages 9614810
Keywords AcuTrials; Systematic Review; Sleep Disorders; Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorder; Insomnia; Depression
Abstract Objective. To evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture as monotherapy and as an alternative therapy in treating depression-related insomnia. Data Source. Seven databases were searched starting from 1946 to March 30, 2016. Study Eligibility Criteria. Randomized-controlled trials of adult subjects (18-75 y) who had depression-related insomnia and had received acupuncture. Results. 18 randomized-controlled clinical trials (RCTs) were introduced in this meta-analysis. The findings determined that the acupuncture treatment made significant improvements in PSQI score (MD = -2.37, 95% CI -3.52 to -1.21) compared with Western medicine. Acupuncture combined with Western medicine had a better effect on improving sleep quality (MD = -2.63, 95% CI -4.40 to -0.86) compared with the treatment of Western medicine alone. There was no statistical difference (MD = -2.76, 95% CI -7.65 to 2.12) between acupuncture treatment and Western medicine towards improving the HAMD score. Acupuncture combined with Western medicine (MD = -5.46, CI -8.55 to -2.38) had more effect on improving depression degree compared with the Western medicine alone. Conclusion. This systematic review indicates that acupuncture could be an alternative therapy to medication for treating depression-related insomnia.
Address Shanghai Municipal Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine Shanghai, Shanghai University of TCM, Shanghai 200071, China
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Language English Number of Treatments
Treatment Follow-up Frequency Number of Participants
Time in Treatment Condition Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorder
Disease Category Sleep Disorders OCSI Score
Notes PMID:28286776; PMCID:PMC5329663 Approved yes
Call Number OCOM @ refbase @ Serial 2187
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Author (up) Yao, Q.; Li, S.; Liu, X.; Qin, Z.; Liu, Z.
Title The Effectiveness and Safety of Acupuncture for Patients with Chronic Urticaria: A Systematic Review Type of Study Systematic Review
Year 2016 Publication BioMed Research International Abbreviated Journal Biomed Res Int
Volume 2016 Issue Pages 1-7
Keywords Systematic Review; Skin Diseases; Urticaria; Acupuncture
Abstract Background. Acupuncture might have effectiveness in relieving the symptoms of chronic urticaria. There are currently no systematic reviews of acupuncture for chronic urticaria published in English. Objective. We conducted a systematic review to assess the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for chronic urticaria. Methods. A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials were performed. The primary outcome was global symptom improvement. Results. We included 6 studies with 406 participants. Three trials showed significant difference between acupuncture and drugs in global symptom improvement (relative risk 1.37; 95% CI 1.11-1.70; P = 0.003). As an adjuvant to medication, acupuncture was also beneficial for global symptom improvement (relative risk 1.77; 95% CI 1.41-2.22; P < 0.01). There were no severe adverse events related to acupuncture. Limitations. Some methodological limitations were observed. The overall risk of bias in the 6 included trials was high and all included RCTs were conducted in China and published in Chinese. Besides, the lack of proper control groups and the use of different rating methods and cut-offs in the included trials also made the evidence of this review limited. Conclusions. Acupuncture might be effective and safe for chronic urticaria in relieving symptoms, based on a low level of evidence. To draw a reliable conclusion, more high quality trials are needed in the future. This trial is registered with PROSPERO CRD42015015702.
Address Department of Acupuncture, Guang'anmen Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100053, China
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Language English Number of Treatments
Treatment Follow-up Frequency Number of Participants
Time in Treatment Condition Urticaria
Disease Category Skin Diseases OCSI Score
Notes PMID:27314024; PMCID:PMC4897793 Approved yes
Call Number OCOM @ refbase @ Serial 2053
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