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 ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4120-1752 2011, 'Exploring the evidence base for acupuncture in the treatment of Meniere’s Syndrome — A systematic review' , Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2011 , p. 429102.

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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
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1741-427X
Depositing User: AJ Brettle
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2011 15:14
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 15:49
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/12662

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