Effects of Acupuncture on Neuropathic Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis (P3.306)

OBJECTIVE: To critically assess the evidence for acupuncture in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy. BACKGROUND: In spite of multiple medical treatments available, neuropathic pain continues to pose great therapeutic challenges. While acupuncture has been gaining popularity for the treatment of multiple pain disorders, little is known about its effects on neuropathic pain. METHODS: We systematically searched the Medline, AMED, Cochrane, Scopus, CINAHL and clintrials.gov databases from inception to May 2013. Parallel and cross-over RCTs which assessed acupuncture’s efficacy for any type of neuropathy, including mononeuropathy were reviewed. Trials were included if at least 1 group received acupuncture and 1 group - sham acupuncture or other control treatment. All included RCTs needed a SASQI-CAM quality score of>9. Individual patient data meta-analyses were conducted using 6 eligible RCTs, with a total of 680 patients analyzed. RESULTS: 15 publications met the inclusion criteria. The selected RCTs included acupuncture intervention for neuropathy caused by diabetes, bell’s palsy, carpal tunnel syndrome, HIV and idiopathic conditions. No studies on chemotherapy or other toxin-induced neuropathy met the inclusion criteria. Acupuncture regimens and primary outcome measures differed among studies and various methodological issues were identified. Still, the majority of RCTs reviewed showed clear benefit for acupuncture over control in the treatment of diabetic neu...
Source: Neurology - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Pain and Palliative Care Source Type: research

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