Acupuncture for Erectile Dysfunction: A Systematic Review
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Acupuncture for Erectile Dysfunction
Abstract: 

BACKGROUND: Acupuncture is increasingly used to treat patients with erectile dysfunction (ED), and our systematic review aimed to evaluate the current evidence for the efficacy and safety of acupuncture in treating ED. METHODS: An electronic search was conducted in eight databases to identify randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of acupuncture for treating erectile dysfunction that were published in English and Chinese. The Cochrane Risk of Bias tool was used to assess the risk of bias. RESULTS: Three RCTs with a total of 183 participants met the inclusion criteria. One trial showed the beneficial effects of acupuncture compared with sham acupuncture while the others did not. One trial suggested that acupuncture combined with psychological therapy was superior to psychological therapy alone. However, the overall methodological and reporting quality of the studies was low. The safety of acupuncture for ED was unclear because there were too few reports on this topic. CONCLUSION: The available evidence supporting that acupuncture alone improves ED was insufficient and the available studies failed to show the specific therapeutic effect of acupuncture. Future well-designed and rigorous RCTs with a large sample size are required. This trial is registered with CRD42014013575.

Author(s): 
Cui, Xiaoming
Zhou, Jing
Qin, Zongshi
Liu, Zhishun
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
BioMed Research International
Journal Abbreviation: 
Biomed Res Int
Publication Date: 
2016
Publication Year: 
2016
Pages: 
2171923
Volume: 
2016
ISSN: 
2314-6141
DOI: 
10.1155/2016/2171923
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 26885501 PMCID: PMC4738993

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Xiaoming Cui, Jing Zhou, Zongshi Qin and Zhishun Liu. 2016. "Acupuncture for Erectile Dysfunction: A Systematic Review." BioMed Research International 2016: 2171923. 10.1155/2016/2171923.

Wikipedia Citation

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