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Author Ming, X.; Chen, X.; Wang, X. T.; Zhang, Z.; Kang, V.; Zimmerman-Bier, B. url  openurl
  Title Acupuncture for treatment of autism spectrum disorders Type of Study Systematic Review
  Year 2012 Publication Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM Abbreviated Journal (up) Evid Based Complement Alternat Med  
  Volume 2012 Issue Pages 679845-  
  Keywords AcuTrials; Systematic Review; Autistic Disorder; Mental Disorders; Acupuncture; Autism  
  Abstract Background. There has been lack of reviews of evidence on efficacy, methodology, and/or safety of acupuncture in autism spectrum disorders. This paper examines the emerging evidence of the effects of acupuncture in the treatment of autistic children. Method. A literature review was completed via Medline and three Chinese search engines. A total of 31 studies were evaluated for acupuncture methodology, study design, treatment effects, and tolerability. Results. The acupoints used, the duration of needling, the frequency of treatment, the choice of stimulation, and the course of the treatment were highly variable amongst the studies. Behavioral and/or developmental improvements were reported in all acupuncture treatment studies. All studies reported general tolerability. Weakness of experimental designs was discussed. Conclusions. Vigorously controlled double-blinded clinical trials are needed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of acupuncture in children with autism spectrum disorders.  
  Address Department of Neurosciences and Neurology, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, 90 Bergen Street, DOC 8100, Newark, NJ 07103, USA.  
  Language Number of Treatments  
  Treatment Follow-up Frequency Number of Participants  
  Time in Treatment Condition Autistic Disorder
  Disease Category Mental Disorder OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 875  
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