[Medical indications for acupuncture: Systematic review]

Med Clin (Barc). 2016 Sep 16;147(6):250-6. doi: 10.1016/j.medcli.2016.02.029. Epub 2016 Apr 11.
[Article in Spanish]


Acupuncture is a medical procedure with a very wide range of indications according to the WHO. However the indications require robust scientific evidence to support them. We have conducted a systematic review (2010-2015) in order to define in which pathologies acupuncture can be an effective strategy, STRICTA criteria that aim to set up acupuncture clinical trials standard criteria were defined in 2010. Only systematic reviews and meta-analyses of good or very good methodological quality according to SIGN criteria were selected. Its main objective was to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture in the management of any disease. Most of the final 31 selected reviews focus on chronic pain-related diseases, mainly in the disciplines of Neurology, Orthopaedics and Rheumatology. Current evidence supports the use of acupuncture in the treatment of headaches, migraines, back pain, cervical pain and osteoarthritis. The remaining pathologies still require further good quality studies.

Keywords: Acupuncture; Acupuncture therapy; Acupuntura; Revisión sistemática; Systematic review; Terapia con acupuntura.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy*
  • Chronic Pain / etiology
  • Chronic Pain / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Treatment Outcome