Evidence

Evidence and Research Into the Efficacy of Acupuncture

Listed below are studies into the efficacy of acupuncture.  The studies we have listed are recognised by meta-analysis authors as moderate to high quality with low to moderate researcher bias.

General Pain

Vickers, A, Cronin, A, Maschino, A, Lewith, G, MacPherson, H, Foster, N, Sherman, K, Witt, C, Linde, K & Acupuncture Trialists’ Collaboration, 2012, ‘Acupuncture for chronic pain: individual patient data meta-analysis’, Archives of Internal Medicine, vol. 172, no. 19, pp. 1444-1453.

 

Neck Pain

Chow, R, Barnsley, L, Heller, G & Siddall, P 2004, ‘A pilot study of low-power laser therapy in the management of chronic neck pain’, Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 71- 81. Chow, R, Heller, G & Barnsley, L 2006, ‘The effect of 300 mW, 830 nm laser on chronic neck pain: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study’, Pain, vol. 124, no. 1-2, pp. 201- 210

Espejo-Antúneza, L, Fernández-Huertas Tejedaa, J, Albornoz-Cabellob, M, Rodríguez-Mansillaa, J, de la Cruz-Torresb, B, Ribeiroc, F & Silva, A 2017, ‘Dry needling in the management of myofascial trigger points: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials’, Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol. 33, pp. 46–57.

Gattie, E, Cleland, J & Snodgrass, S 2017, ‘The effectiveness of trigger point dry needling for musculoskeletal conditions by physical therapists: A systematic review and meta-analysis’, The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, vol. 47, no 3, pp. 133-150.

Trinh, K, Graham, N, Gross, A, Goldsmith, C, Wang, E, Cameron, I & Kay, T 2007, ‘Acupuncture for neck disorders’, Spine, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 236-243.

 

Carpal Tunnel

Cox, J, Varatharajan, S & Cote, P 2016, ‘Effectiveness of Acupuncture Therapies to Manage Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Extremities: A Systematic Review’, Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, vol. 46, no. 6, pp. 409-429.

 

Back Pain

Lu, S, Zheng, Z & Xue, C 2011, ‘Does acupuncture improve quality of life for patients with pain associated with the spine? A systematic review’, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2011.

Morihisa, R, Eskew, J, McNamara, A & Young, J 2016, ‘Dry needling in subjects with muscular trigger points in the lower quarter: a systematic review’, International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, vol. 11, no. 1, p. 1-14.

 

Elbow Pain

Gadau, M, Yeung, W, Liu, H, Zaslawski, C, Tan, Y, Wang, F, Bangrazi, S, Chung, K, Bian, Z & Zhang, S 2014, ‘Acupuncture and moxibustion for lateral elbow pain: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials’, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 14, no. 1, p. 136-155.

 

Sciatica

Ji, M, Wang, X, Chen, M, Shen, Y, Zhang, X & Yang, J 2015, ‘The efficacy of acupuncture for the treatment of sciatica: a systematic review and meta-analysis’, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2015.

 

Achilles Tendinopathy

Cox, J, Varatharajan, S & Cote, P 2016, ‘Effectiveness of Acupuncture Therapies to Manage Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Extremities: A Systematic Review’, Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, vol. 46, no. 6, pp. 409-429.

 

Plantar Fasciitis

Boyles, R, Fowler, R, Ramsey, D & Burrows, E 2015, ‘Effectiveness of trigger point dry needling for multiple body regions: a systematic review’, Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, vol. 23, no. 5, pp. 276-293

Salvioli, S, Guidi, M & Marcotulli, G 2017, ‘The effectiveness of conservative, nonpharmacological treatment, of plantar heel pain: A systematic review with meta-analysis’, The Foot, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 57-67.

Thiagarajah, A 2017, ‘How effective is acupuncture for reducing pain due to plantar fasciitis?’, Singapore Medical Journal, vol. 58, no. 2, pp. 92-97.

Other Research

Listed below are links we are compiling of research studies and clinical trial of acupuncture.  According to AHPRA, none of these studies provide the level of evidence they require.

Acupuncture Evidence Project

Acupuncture as an Analgesic in Emergency Departments

Acupuncture Efficacy Chart

Acupuncture Prevents Chemotherapy Nausea and Vomiting

Effects of acupuncture during in vitro fertilization or intracytoplasmic sperm injection: An updated systematic review and meta-analysis

The Effect of Complementary and Alternative Medicine on Subfertile Women with In Vitro Fertilization

Gynaecological

Is acupuncture in addition to conventional medicine effective as pain treatment for endometriosis?: A randomised controlled cross-over trial.

Efficacy of traditional Chinese herbal medicine in the management of female infertility: a systematic review.

Acupuncture Treatment for Fertility.

Acupuncture for polycystic ovarian syndrome. A systematic review and meta-analysis.

Effects of acupuncture during in vitro fertilization or intracytoplasmic sperm injection: An updated systematic review and meta-analysis.