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Exploring the evidence base for acupuncture in the treatment of Meniere’s Syndrome — A systematic review

Long, AF, Xing, M, Morgan, K and Brettle, A 2009, 'Exploring the evidence base for acupuncture in the treatment of Meniere’s Syndrome — A systematic review' , eCAM - Evidence Based COmplementary and Alternative Medicine , pp. 1-12.

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    Abstract

    Meniere’s syndrome is a long-term, progressive disease that damages the balance and hearing parts of the inner ear. To address the paucity of information on which evidence-based treatment decisions should be made, a systematic review of acupuncture for Meniere’s syndrome was undertaken. The method used was a systematic review of English and Chinese literature, from six databases for randomized, non-randomized and observational studies. All studies were critically appraised and a narrative approach to data synthesis was adopted. Twenty-seven studies were included in this review (9 in English and 18 in Chinese languages): three randomized controlled trials, three non-randomized controlled studies and four pre-test, post-test designs. All but one of the studies was conducted in China. The studies covered body acupuncture, ear acupuncture, scalp acupuncture, fluid acupuncture point injection and moxibustion. The studies were of varying quality. The weight of evidence, across all study types, is of beneficial effect from acupuncture, for those in an acute phase or those who have had Meniere’s syndrome for a number of years. The review reinforces the importance of searching for studies from English and Chinese literature. The transferability of the findings from China to a Western context needs confirmation. Further research is also needed to clarify questions around the appropriate frequency and number of treatment/courses of acupuncture. The weight of evidence suggests a potential benefit of acupuncture for persons with Meniere’s disease, including those in an acute phase and reinforces the importance of searching for published studies in the Chinese language.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: acupuncture complementary therapies systematic review
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine
    Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: eCAM - Evidence Based COmplementary and Alternative Medicine
    Publisher: Oxford Journals
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: Online ISSN 1741-4288 - Print ISSN 1741-427X
    Depositing User: AJ Brettle
    Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2011 15:14
    Last Modified: 03 Jun 2014 08:58
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/12662

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