Acupuncture for surgical conditions: an overview of systematic reviews

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Abstract

Aim

Several systematic reviews (SRs) of acupuncture for surgical conditions have recently been published with sometimes contradicting results. The aim of this overview was to summarise recent SRs of acupuncture for surgical conditions.

Method

Thirteen electronic databases were searched for relevant reviews published since 2000. Data were extracted by two independent reviewers according to predefined criteria.

Results

Twelve SRs met our inclusion criteria. They related to the prevention or treatment of postoperative nausea and vomiting as well as to surgical or postoperative pain. Their results were far from uniform, and several caveats need to be considered.

Conclusion

The evidence is insufficient to suggest that acupuncture is an effective intervention in surgical settings. More rigorous research seems warranted.

Conclusion

This protocol was registered with PROSPERO database (registration number: CRD42013004817).

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