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Efficacy of acupuncture for health conditions in children: a review

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posted on 01.01.2008, 00:00 authored by J Libonate, Subhadra EvansSubhadra Evans, J C I Tsao
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.

History

Journal

Scientific world journal

Volume

8

Pagination

670 - 682

Publisher

Hindawi

Location

Cairo, Egypt

eISSN

1537-744X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2008, Jean Libonate et al.