Efficacy and safety of acupuncture in children: an overview

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Pediatric Research

This reports represents one of the largest observations of pediatric acupuncture outcomes of recent years, and comes in response to an increased prominence in the usage of acupuncture in pediatric health care. The authors draw from 24 systematic reviews, comprising of 142 randomized controlled trials with 12,787 participants - albeit only a fraction of these trials are actively used in forming conclusions.

Outcomes are assessed in a huge variety of conditions, ranging from myopia, through cerebral palsy, to mumps. Overall, the report does not find evidence of marked improvements to condition, although some improvements are found in some cases, such as cerebral palsy and tic disorders, and conversely, acupuncture is only found to cause harm in a very same number of cases.

Authors: Chunsong Yang, Zilong Hao, Ling-Li Zhang and Qin Guo, Article first published online: 17 JUN 2015

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Volume 78, Issue 2, pages 112–119, August 2015

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