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
Holistic Health
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.
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