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Efficacy of acupuncture in children with asthma: a systematic review

Overview of attention for article published in Italian Journal of Pediatrics, July 2015
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Efficacy of acupuncture in children with asthma: a systematic review
Published in
Italian Journal of Pediatrics, July 2015
DOI 10.1186/s13052-015-0155-1
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Chi Feng Liu, Li Wei Chien


We performed a systematic review of the efficacy of various types of acupuncture in the treatment of asthma in children. We searched the MEDLINE, Embase, and Cochrane Library databases up to October 20, 2014. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of children and adolescents (<18 years of age) with asthma were included. Data extraction was applied, and methodologic quality was assessed. A total of 32 articles were assessed for eligibility, and seven studies comprising 410 patients were included in the systematic review. Two RCTs showed significant improvement in peak expiratory flow (PEF) variability for acupuncture (traditional and laser) vs. control, with one showing significant improvement in asthma-specific anxiety level, but no significant differences in other lung function parameters or quality of life. Another RCT reported significant benefits of laser acupuncture on lung function parameters but did not describe or report statistical analyses. One crossover RCT showed significant improvements in response to both acupuncture and placebo acupuncture, with better improvements with acupuncture compared to placebo acupuncture (forced exhaled volume in 1 s [FEV1], 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. 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.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Unknown 108 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 30 28%
Student > Master 23 21%
Student > Doctoral Student 7 6%
Researcher 5 5%
Student > Postgraduate 5 5%
Other 20 18%
Unknown 19 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 45 41%
Nursing and Health Professions 20 18%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 6 6%
Social Sciences 4 4%
Psychology 3 3%
Other 11 10%
Unknown 20 18%

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