Acupuncture as a Treatment Modality in Dermatology: A Systematic Review

Chelsea Ma, Raja K. Sivamani

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Objectives: Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been used to treat a broad range of medical conditions, including dermatologic disorders. This systematic review aims to synthesize the evidence on the use of acupuncture as a primary treatment modality for dermatologic conditions. Methods: A systematic search of MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Central Register was performed. Studies were limited to clinical trials, controlled studies, case reports, comparative studies, and systematic reviews published in the English language. Studies involving moxibustion, electroacupuncture, or blood-letting were excluded. Results: Twenty-four studies met inclusion criteria. Among these, 16 were randomized controlled trials, 6 were prospective observational studies, and 2 were case reports. Acupuncture was used to treat atopic dermatitis, urticaria, pruritus, acne, chloasma, neurodermatitis, dermatitis herpetiformis, hyperhidrosis, human papillomavirus wart, breast inflammation, and facial elasticity. In 17 of 24 studies, acupuncture showed statistically significant improvements in outcome measurements compared with placebo acupuncture, alternative treatment options, and no intervention. Conclusions: Acupuncture improves outcome measures in the treatment of dermatitis, chloasma, pruritus, urticaria, hyperhidrosis, and facial elasticity. Future studies should ideally be double-blinded and standardize the control intervention.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages520-529
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Volume21
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

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Acupuncture
Dermatology
Hyperhidrosis
Melanosis
Urticaria
Elasticity
Pruritus
Neurodermatitis
Acupuncture Therapy
Moxibustion
Dermatitis Herpetiformis
Therapeutics
Electroacupuncture
Warts
Chinese Traditional Medicine
Controlled Clinical Trials
Acne Vulgaris
Dermatitis
Atopic Dermatitis
MEDLINE

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Acupuncture as a Treatment Modality in Dermatology : A Systematic Review. / Ma, Chelsea; Sivamani, Raja K.

In: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Vol. 21, No. 9, 01.09.2015, p. 520-529.

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