Acupuncture in Pediatrics

Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care. 2016 Jun;46(6):179-83. doi: 10.1016/j.cppeds.2015.12.005. Epub 2016 Feb 8.


There has been extensive research on the use of acupuncture in adults with a wide array of conditions. Much less research has been conducted on the use of acupuncture in children. In this article, we review the history and philosophy of acupuncture, and the literature on its effectiveness and safety in children and adolescents, giving special attention to the pediatric and adolescent conditions that have been most studied in high-quality randomized controlled trials (RCTs).

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy / methods*
  • Asthma / therapy
  • Child
  • Colic / therapy
  • Dysmenorrhea / therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Nausea / therapy
  • Nocturnal Enuresis / therapy
  • Pain Management / methods
  • Pediatrics / methods*
  • Rhinitis, Allergic / therapy
  • Vomiting / therapy