Acupuncture application for neurological disorders.


Journal Article (Review)

BACKGROUND: Acupuncture has been widely used for a range of neurological disorders. Despite its popularity, the evidence to support the use of acupuncture is contradictory. METHODS: This review was designed to summarize and to evaluate the available evidence of acupuncture for neurological disorders. RESULTS: Most of the reviewed studies suffer from lack of methodological rigor. Owing to paucity and poor quality of the primary studies, no firm conclusion could be drawn on the use of acupuncture for epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, ataxic disorders, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and spinal cord injury. For stroke rehabilitation, the evidence from recent high-quality trials and previous systematic reviews is not convincing. CONCLUSION: More rigorous trials are warranted to establish acupuncture's role in neurological disorders.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lee, H; Park, H-J; Park, J; Kim, M-J; Hong, M; Yang, J; Choi, S; Lee, H

Published Date

  • January 1, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 Suppl 1 /

Start / End Page

  • S49 - S54

PubMed ID

  • 17359641

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17359641

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1743-1328

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0161-6412

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1179/016164107x172211


  • eng