Acupuncture for Upper Extremity Peripheral Nerve Injury: A Systematic Review

상지말초신경손상에 대한 침술치료의 효과: 체계적 문헌고찰

  • Kim, Young-Jun (Department of Korean Medicine, The Graduate School of Pusan National University) ;
  • Kim, Tae-Ryeong (Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of Korean Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Daegu Haany University) ;
  • Woo, Chang-Hoon (Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of Korean Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Daegu Haany University) ;
  • Shin, Byung-Cheul (Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of Korean Medicine, Korean Medicine Hospital, Pusan National University)
  • 김영준 (부산대학교 일반대학원 한의학과) ;
  • 김태령 (대구한의대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학과) ;
  • 우창훈 (대구한의대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학과) ;
  • 신병철 (부산대학교 한방병원 한방재활의학과)
  • Received : 2018.03.19
  • Accepted : 2018.03.29
  • Published : 2018.04.30


Objectives The purpose of this study is to systematically explore the effects and safety of acupuncture treatment for upper extremity peripheral nerve injury and to review the methodology of clinical trials. Methods We searched 9 electronic databases(3 international, 1 Chinese, 5 Korean) including English, Korean and Chinese, up to December 2017 for randomized controlled trials which evaluated the effects of the acupuncture in patients with upper extremity peripheral nerve injury. We abstracted the designs of the randomized clinical trials and the method of acupuncture treatment according to the Standards for Reporting Interventions in Clinical Trials of Acupuncture(STRICTA). Results A total of 8 papers were reviewed. All randomized clinical trials were conducted in China. Of them, five studies(62.5%) were electro-acupuncture as intervention. All randomized clinical trials reported favorable effects of acupuncture treatments compared to baseline or control group with outcomes of efficacy rate. However risk of bias seemed high. LI4, LI11, SI3, PC3, PC6 were most frequently used for acupoints to treat upper extremity peripheral nerve injury. Conclusions These results suggest that it is recommended to develop more detailed reporting standards for acupuncture treatment method. In the future, well designed randomized clinical trials which evaluate the effects and safety of acupuncture treatment for upper extremity peripheral nerve injury is highly needed.


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