The efficacy of acupuncture in post-operative pain management: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Ming Shun Wu, Kee Hsin Chen, I. Fan Chen, Shihping Huang, Pei Chuan Tzeng, Mei Ling Yeh, Fei Peng Lee, Jaung Geng Lin, Chiehfeng Chen

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Abstract

Background: Postoperative pain resulting from surgical trauma is a significant challenge for healthcare providers. Opioid analgesics are commonly used to treat postoperative pain; however, these drugs are associated with a number of undesirable side effects. Objective: This systematic review and meta-analysis evaluated the effectiveness of acupuncture and acupuncture-related techniques in treating postoperative pain. Data Source: MEDLINE, Cochrane Library, and EMBASE databases were searched until Sep 30, 2014. Study Eligibility Criteria: Randomized controlled trials of adult subjects (≥ 18 years) who had undergone surgery and who had received acupuncture, electroacupuncture, or acupoint electrical stimulation for managing acute post-operative pain were included.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0150367
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2016

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