Acupuncture and multiple sclerosis: a review of the evidence.

Citation data:

Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, ISSN: 1741-427X, Vol: 2014, Page: 972935

Publication Year:
2014
Usage 151
Downloads 77
Abstract Views 45
Link-outs 29
Captures 44
Readers 38
Exports-Saves 6
Mentions 2
Blog Mentions 1
News Mentions 1
Social Media 13
Shares, Likes & Comments 12
Tweets 1
Citations 10
Citation Indexes 10
Repository URL:
https://academicworks.cuny.edu/hc_pubs/151
PMID:
25045394
DOI:
10.1155/2014/972935
PMCID:
PMC4086829
Author(s):
Karpatkin, H. I.; Napolione, D.; Siminovich-Blok, B.
Publisher(s):
Hindawi Limited; Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Tags:
Medicine
Most Recent Tweet View All Tweets
Most Recent News Mention
review description
Use of acupuncture to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) is fairly common, but little literature exists which studies its effectiveness. The purpose of this paper is to review the literature on the use of acupuncture to treat MS. A literature search resulted in twelve peer-reviewed articles on the subject that examined the use of acupuncture to treat MS related quality of life (QoL), fatigue, spasticity, and pain. The majority of the studies were poorly designed-without control, randomization, or blinding. Description of the subjects, interventions, and outcome measures as well as statistical analysis was often lacking or minimal. Although many of the studies suggested that acupuncture was successful in improving MS related symptoms, lack of statistical rigor and poor study design make it difficult to draw any conclusions about the true effectiveness of this intervention in the MS population. Further studies with more rigorous designs and analysis are needed before accurate claims can be made as to the effectiveness of acupuncture in this population.