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Efficacy of acupuncture for health conditions in children: a review

Libonate, Jean, Evans, Subhadra and Tsao, Jennie C. I. 2008, Efficacy of acupuncture for health conditions in children: a review, Scientific world journal, vol. 8, pp. 670-682, doi: 10.1100/tsw.2008.86.

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Title Efficacy of acupuncture for health conditions in children: a review
Author(s) Libonate, Jean
Evans, SubhadraORCID iD for Evans, Subhadra orcid.org/0000-0002-1898-0030
Tsao, Jennie C. I.
Journal name Scientific world journal
Volume number 8
Start page 670
End page 682
Total pages 14
Publisher Hindawi
Place of publication Cairo, Egypt
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1537-744X
Keyword(s) Acupuncture Therapy
Child
Female
Holistic Health
Humans
Laryngismus
Male
Nervous System Diseases
Nocturnal Enuresis
Pain Management
Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting
Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
Summary Acupuncture has been used to treat a variety of childhood problems; however, the efficacy and safety of pediatric acupuncture remains unclear. This article reviews the existing empirical literature relating to the use of acupuncture for medical conditions in children. A systematic search of the literature revealed that acupuncture has been used to treat five main conditions in children, including pain, nocturnal enuresis, postoperative nausea/vomiting, laryngospasm/stridor, and neurological disorders. Despite a number of methodological issues, including limited sample sizes, lack of randomization, and inappropriate control groups, it is concluded that acupuncture represents a promising intervention for a variety of pediatric health conditions. To further address the safety, effectiveness, and acceptability of acupuncture in children, large-scale randomized controlled trials are needed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1100/tsw.2008.86
Field of Research 110499 Complementary and Alternative Medicine not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2008, Jean Libonate et al.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091454

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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