Skip to main page content
Access keys NCBI Homepage MyNCBI Homepage Main Content Main Navigation
Review
, 17 (3), 187-9

Acupuncture for Pain: An Overview of Cochrane Reviews

Affiliations
Review

Acupuncture for Pain: An Overview of Cochrane Reviews

Myeong Soo Lee et al. Chin J Integr Med.

Abstract

Objective: Cochrane reviews have the reputation for being more transparent and rigorous than other reviews. The aim of this overview was to evaluate and summarize Cochrane reviews of acupuncture for the treatment of any type of pain.

Methods: We searched the Cochrane Database and evaluated the Cochrane reviews that were concerned specifically with the effectiveness of acupuncture for pain. Data were extracted according to pre-defined inclusion criteria by two independent reviewers.

Results: Eight Cochrane reviews were included. They were all of high methodological quality. They related to a wide range of pain syndromes. Four reviews concluded that acupuncture is effective for migraines, neck disorders, tension-type headaches, and peripheral joint osteoarthritis; one review failed to demonstrate type the effectiveness of acupuncture for rheumatoid arthritis; and three reviews were inconclusive for shoulder pain, lateral elbow pain, and low back pain.

Conclusion: Several Cochrane reviews of acupuncture for a wide range of pain conditions have recently been published. All of these reviews were of high quality. Their results suggest that acupuncture is effective for some but not all types of pain.

Similar articles

See all similar articles

Cited by 24 articles

See all "Cited by" articles

References

    1. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2002;(1):CD003527 - PubMed
    1. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2006 Jul 19;(3):CD004870 - PubMed
    1. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2005 Jan 25;(1):CD001351 - PubMed
    1. Pain. 2011 Sep;152(9):2179-80; auther reply 2184-6 - PubMed
    1. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2009 Jan 21;(1):CD007587 - PubMed

MeSH terms

LinkOut - more resources

Feedback