Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Clinical Nursing Research

Publisher

Sage

School

School of Nursing and Midwifery / School of Science

RAS ID

44377

Comments

Liu, W., Wang, C. C., Lee, K. H., Ma, X., & Kang, T. L. (2022). Efficacy and safety of acupuncture and or moxibustion for managing primary dysmenorrhea: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Nursing Research, 10547738221086984. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/10547738221086984

Abstract

Acupuncture and moxibustion have been accepted as add-on options for primary dysmenorrhea (PD); however, the clinical evidence is still inadequate. We searched AMED, CENTRAL, EMBASE, PubMed, Web of Science, CBM, CNKI, VIP, Wangfang database, ANZCTR, ClinicalTrials.gov, and the WHO ICTRP, from their inception to February 2021. The pooled analysis of 13 RCTs with 675 participants for VAS showed that acupuncture and moxibustion were more effective in managing PD than the control group with the MD of −1.93 (95% CI [−2.80, −1.06] and −2.67 (95% CI [−4.96, −0.38]). With the CMSS, seven studies with 487 participants showed that these modalities were more effective than the control group with the MD of −7.58 (95% CI [−10.97, −4.19]) and −3.78 (95% CI [−6.90, −0.66]). The findings indicated that acupuncture and moxibustion could relieve pain effectively and has fewer adverse events (AEs) in managing PD.

DOI

10.1177/10547738221086984

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Research Themes

Health

Priority Areas

Exercise, nutrition, lifestyle and other interventions for optimal health across the lifespan

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